The Regency period of the late 18th to mid-19th centuries was all about elaborate and ornate designs of classical and neo-classical style.
Think Regency and images of grandiose buildings spring to mind, such as the Brighton Pavilion and glorious Chelsea townhouses spring to mind. Regency has that certain ‘proper’ heritage appeal to it, that feeling of pride in our wondrous architecture.
Lots of people nowadays are keen to recreate the Regency look in their homes, knowing that the depth of style and classical overtones will create timeless appeal. If you are looking to join the ranks of the Regency converts, here are our top tips for achieving the look in your home.
Go for bold with colour
Regency style was all about strong, bold colours, especially in dining and sitting rooms. Greens and golden yellows are the perfect choice as a backdrop to your period living space, whether it’s solid paint or bold wallpaper with subtle shimmering etchings.
Be fine about detail
A sense of grandeur is just what you need when you are looking to mimic Regency style. Hire a specialist plasterer to add intricacies such as mouldings, ceiling adornments, and cornices and get your carpenter to work on crafting detailed skirting boards and radiator covers.
Mix and match furniture
A stately room will never have perfectly matching sets of furniture. Be eclectic: by all means match your dining room chairs, but draw the line there. The upper classes of the Regency period would acquire furniture over generations and such was its quality, it would endure throughout decades and even centuries.
You can mirror this look by mixing and matching different wood finishes. Seek out Regency style antique reproduction furniture with bold upholstery and bare polished legs and arms and you’ll be right on the money.
You’ll need to finish off with wooden flooring, but you can add warmth with an antique style rug. Make sure it’s not brand new or flawless though, as that will just spoil the look. Finally, have some fun seeking out authentic accessories to adorn your furniture and walls. Regency style mirrors are big, bold and sometimes carved with lions or winged griffins. Regency lighting would have consisted of lanterns, candelabras and chandeliers and nowadays you’ll find reproduction style pieces including lamps in polished silver or brass are readily available.
However you decide to approach your Regency style home makeover, one thing’s for certain, you’re going to enjoy every minute! Revel in your research and matching and just keep in mind the big reveal at your period themed unveiling party!