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Make the most of your home’s in­nate style by high­light­ing its orig­i­nal treasures


these prop­er­ties usu­ally had bare wood floors, so give yours a fresh var­nish and ac­ces­sorise with a wool rug – many shops sell de­signs that bridge the gap be­tween pe­riod and mod­ern. evoke the re­fined feel of the era with a light pal­ette of muted pas­tels, in­clud­ing pea green and dusky pink.


Mid-to-late 19th-cen­tury homes of­ten have or­nate plas­ter­work and ca­st­iron fire­places. If the fire­places in your Vic­to­rian home have been ripped out, sim­i­lar de­signs can eas­ily be found at sal­vage yards or on ebay. even as a purely or­na­men­tal fea­ture, they add a defin­ing fo­cal point to a liv­ing room or bed­room.


homes from this pe­riod of­ten have wooden wall pan­els. If you’re not a fan of this look, but want to be sym­pa­thetic to the de­sign, try paint­ing the wood ei­ther in white or a dar­ing 1930s-in­spired hue such as teal. par­quet floors and stained glass are also com­mon in houses built around this time.


houses built from the 1950s on­wards gen­er­ally have very sim­ple in­te­ri­ors and pro­vide a great base from which to in­tro­duce pat­tern, tex­ture and colour. this was a time of fan­tas­tic print de­sign, so why not go bold with a Mid-cen­tury wall­pa­per in your liv­ing room, or a kitsch rose-print fab­ric to use as kitchen blinds.

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