Traditional homes and features have long been popular in the housing market. While some people are drawn to the clean lines and sleek look of modern, new built homes, more and more buyers and renters are looking for homes with character and plenty of original features.
Depending on the age of your home, you can expect to find many traditional and unique features. In fact, many different features in older homes can help you to identify how old your home is.
- Georgian properties are likely to be townhouses and cover three to four floors with asymmetrical flat exterior and interior built for comfort with space.
- Victorian properties likely feature more ornate brickwork and fittings and usually come with patterned tiles in the hallway or other rooms. Main features include bay windows and narrow hallways.
- Edwardian houses feature wooden porches with wide hallways and mock Tudor cladding and parquet wood flooring.
Combining modern fittings and luxuries with a traditional home is now easier than ever and can give your home the added wow factor when done correctly.
Choose your look
What features do you want to keep and make a feature, and what type of look are you aiming for when the work is completed. Think about the details you want to include and how you plan on designing the space. If you are going for a more vibrant look, pick a few standout pieces and build your room around that. Do you want a traditional home with contemporary aspects or vice versa? Once you know, it will be easier to decide which traditional features to keep and utilise in your design.
Create a Base
Once you know what look you are aiming for, you need to start with your base. Strip everything back as much as possible and choose flooring options and wallpaper and paints to match the style you are going for. If you want to create a traditional looking bathroom, look at the designs and features from the style you want and add those into your bathroom. For example, exposed pipework, traditional radiators, and roll-top baths can help you bring a modern bathroom with traditional features.
Pay Attention to Materials and Design
Pay close attention to the type of materials used in the era you are basing your home design on. Missing different materials in a traditional style can give you a more modern feel while still keeping that traditional look you are going for. If you are bringing a 70s feel to your home, using wooden furniture with metal legs and round mirrors to bring the look to life along with splashes of bright colours and different textures such as deep pile rugs and hardwood flooring.
Paying attention to the smaller details and creating focal points using original features such as fireplaces or tiled flooring can help you keep your home’s originality to life alongside some more modern features and aspects to give you the home comforts you need.