Victorian properties are beautifully unique, full of character and open to a world of design possibilities. Sturdy, well-built and full of lofty ceilings and large windows, they make the dream home for anyone, especially when it’s a renovation project and you can see your transformations and visions come to life! Within the interior design world, there is always modernisation, new trends, new interior mouldings, styles and design details, and often owners of Victorian homes are continuously on the lookout for how to bring their home into the 21st century whilst maintaining an element of their home’s original grandeur. We’ve got some top tips on how to freshen up the style of your interior whilst emulating its original, most enviable features.
Victorian Home Features
The most recognisable and defining external features of Victorian properties include beautiful porchways, stained glass doorways, sash windows and multicoloured brickwork. On the inside, it’s often the high ceilings that grab people’s attention first. But you should also pay special attention to the other interior mouldings including cornicing, panelling and ceiling roses as these designs make a Victorian home elegant. Orac have various lightweight interior mouldings that would perfectly match your existing interior or give your interior a new look!
Top Design Tips
There are plenty of ways to recreate, redesign and change up your interior. We’ve listed some simple yet effective tips that will give your interior that long lasting design look and finish.
1. Victorian Cornicing
Ornate cornicing is a principal feature of Victorian house decor. These decorative touches around the ceiling edge are one of the most iconic design elements within Victorian homes. If your interior boasts original cornicing, we’d recommend restoring these, or if you’d prefer a design change, add something new. We’ve got some beautiful ornate cornicing available to complement your Victorian architecture.
As Victorian properties tend to have bay windows, we’d recommend the addition of standard cornicing in order to bend round your curved windows, covering imperfections whilst creating seamless transitions between the walls and ceilings. Our first recommendation would be our C219 Newcastle Victorian cornice with a delicate acanthus leaf design. Acanthus leaf designs are commonly found in Victorian properties; therefore this design allows you to emulate the era and history of your property through your interior design detail.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to change up your interior with more simplistic, yet elegant detailing, we’d suggest our C217 Flexible Cornice. With a swan’s neck and plain ovolo shaped moulding at the top and bottom, this design will complement any decor and curve beautifully around bay windows. This is one of our best sellers due to its traditional class and style.
2. Dado Rails
Once your elegant cornicing is in place, you’ll need to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. And we’ve got some tricks that will draw your guests’ eyes up those never-ending Victorian walls. Dado rails will help break up the blank spaces, complement the architecture and high ceilings, whilst providing your room’s interior with an elegant and decorative finish.
We’d recommend breaking up the wall colours by adding a new colour above the dado rail, an accent colour or dark shade which would instantly give your walls character. Plus, they immediately take your eyes skyward as you’re drawn to the design and colour. Or you could simply keep the colour scheme the same, paint over the dado rail and create a continuous and consistent look. With that in mind, we’ve got some fantastic dado rail mouldings to give your Victorian interior that WOW factor!
Our P4025 Autorie dado rail is a chunky design that features a sculptured profile making it perfect for traditional styled homes. It is multi-functional, it can be used as a simple dado rail, a ceiling astragal or used to create a simple yet effective wall panel design. Additionally, it’s a flexible moulding therefore it can bend round curved walls and bay windows.
Alternatively, we’d recommend our timeless DX119 large dado rail which is perfect for traditional properties with high ceilings. Again, this design is multifunctional, as its chunky profile can be used to create a picture rail, door architrave or skirting board. If used as a skirting profile, it would create a unique and classic high skirting design.
3. High Ceiling Features
With high ceilings being a staple feature of Victorian homes, we’d recommend dressing your ceilings with a touch of vintage glamour and authenticity with an ornate ceiling rose. The majority of properties built in the Victorian era all spotlighted a decorative ceiling rose in order to mirror the overall style and tradition of their homes. Here at Wm Boyle, we offer a range of beautiful lightweight ceiling roses that would perfectly complement your interior through their intricacy and aesthetic.
For example, our R23 decorative ceiling rose boasts an acanthus leaf, egg and dart design pattern, making it perfect for all traditional Victorian homes. This particular design is also available in a smaller size, affording you the option of design consistency throughout your interior.
Another option could be our large R64 decorative ceiling rose which features floral swings, bows and leaves. Perfect for all Victorian properties, especially when featured in formal rooms.
4. Make Fireplaces A Feature
Victorian fireplaces are the ultimate home feature for all period properties. A distinguishing feature, fireplaces can create a striking focal point amidst your interior, radiating both warmth and elegance. Especially in the chill of the winter months and the dark nights, the warmth of red, orange and yellow flames provides both comfort and a great design aesthetic.
Our Glasgow Fireplace Showroom offers a wide selection of beautiful designs and styles, perfect for all properties. The Asquith Limestone Fireplace is a timeless design, perfect for Victorian homes through its elegance, soft curves and tall mantelpiece. A cast iron insert or stove would blend perfectly within this limestone fire surround.
Stoves are a beautiful addition to any interior. From our collection, we’d suggest an Esse Stove to further complement your home. Esse have manufactured both multi-fuel and gas stoves in various styles to ensure they have a design that will blend into your interior. The choice of design and style is yours, whether you stick to a traditional looking stove or take the plunge, give your interior a new look with a modern stove. We’d be happy to help you decide which style of stove would best suit your home and your design aspirations!
5. Statement Wall Panelling Features
Walls themselves can also be the main feature of Victorian homes and not just because of their never ending height. Decorative wall finishes, wainscoting panels, and tongue and groove designs are a great way to add dimension and drama to your home’s interior.
Our W120 Autorie wall panel is the perfect addition to any Victorian home. This panel creates instant depth. Whether it’s installed in the hallway, living room, dining room or formal bedroom, this design complements the Victorian character and ambience.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enhance your interior no matter whether it’s emulating the Victorian era or freshening up your interior with a modern twist, we offer a range of beautiful lightweight interior products which will give you the design finish you’ve always dreamed of.
Coving is perfect for creating sleek and beautiful transitions between the wall and ceiling, covering imperfections whilst adding detail and an elegant finish. Our coving collection comes in a multitude of designs, offering options for both traditional period properties and modern new builds. We have plenty of coving inspiration to help you decide which style of coving is best suited to the architecture of your home and your existing interior design.
Our lightweight coving comes in a variety of designs. From simplistic designs to intricate and decorative period mouldings, to flexible options for curved walls or bay window areas, we have a coving style to suit your home’s interior.
Whether it’s for a grand Victorian property or modern loft apartment, coving is an effective way to enhance your design and add character to your rooms.
Styles of Coving
The style of coving you choose should mirror and enrich your existing decor. For example, if you live in a period property with intricate detailing, high ceilings and large rooms then a traditional coving style would be the perfect finishing interior touch. Whereas if you live in a new build home, use this blank canvas to your advantage and choose a style that suits your design aspirations. We have styles that will give your interior a sleek design finish or styles with an edgy finish that will draw attention. The architectural design of your home should be a focal consideration to the style of coving that you choose.
For traditional period properties with high ceilings we would suggest one of our best-selling Luxxus coving designs, the C217 London cornice. This coving is perfect for all rooms. Its elegant, swan neck shape with ovolo moulding at the top and bottom will complement any decor. This profile is also multi-functional. It can be turned either way, giving you the power to transform your interior to suit your design style.
Alternatively, for grand Victorian properties we would suggest our C219 Newcastle Victorian cornice as this stunning design complements the original features found in Victorian properties. This style is popular within our Glasgow showroom due to its decorative profile featuring an ornate leaf and beaded detail running along the bottom edge. This large coving design is perfect for a lounge or dining room with ceiling heights above 3 metres.
If you live in an Edwardian or Georgian home, we would recommend the installation of our classic C339 Cotswold Cornice. This elegant design suits properties which boast simple yet traditional styles. With beautiful deep bay windows, and larger rooms, the Cotswold cornice will further enhance the architecture of your property, helping to restore some authenticity to its design.
For traditional properties with bay windows or curved windows, or those who simply want to jazz up their existing interior, we’d suggest our C373 Flexible Uplighting Coving. This unique design will add an ultra modern touch to your interior through a beautiful lighting concept designed by Ulf Moritz. It’s the perfect moulding to make your interior stand out!
On the other hand, for modern new build properties, we have a selection of beautiful designs that will complement smaller ceiling heights. A touch of luxury and decoration can really make your interior come to life, and we’ve got some ideas to help you turn your house into a home.
Orac’s Kent C353 Coving design boasts a plain and flat profile featuring linear lines and a recessed shadow line at the back. This style of contemporary coving is popular across the UK as it gives your property additional edge and design style. For those who really want to make a statement, we’d suggest running a LED light strip at the back of the coving to create a downwards lighting effect. This will give you a soft and effective interior finish.
Another style we would recommend is our C360 Bristol Modern Coving design. The Bristol is the smallest within our linear contemporary coving collection and is perfect for modern properties with lower ceiling heights. This flat coving will give you a simple and sleek wall to ceiling finish.
Lastly, our C391 Stepped Downlighting Coving design would look beautiful in modern properties. This design is also multi-functional, it can be used as a LED downlighting coving, normal ceiling coving or used as curtain coving to hide the curtain track. The use of LED lighting within this coving will add ambience to any room.
All of our coving designs are lightweight, super easy to install using speciality Orac adhesives and finished with a white primer, ready for that final touch of paint to match your existing colour palette. We hope our coving inspiration will help you decide on the best style suited to your requirements and design aspirations. However, if you require any further guidance, please contact us, we’d be happy to help.
We’ve only covered a small snippet of our designs, for more design inspiration, view all of our lightweight coving designs.
Wall panels are both decorative and functional. They are perfect for creating character within the interior of your home. Our collection of Orac wall panels can give your home an instant lift, enriching interior spaces with decorative or simplistic interior mouldings.
Our blog aims to help you decide which style of wall panels best suit your interior, depending on whether you live in a period property or new build home.
Victorian Home Wall Panel Inspiration
Victorian homes are visually and beautifully unique, full of character and open to a world of interior design opportunities. We have some top tips on how to style and emulate the architecture of your Victorian property through the addition of wall panelling.
Enhance your Victorian property with the addition of our sculpted W120 Autoire Wall Panel, this panel will re-capture the era and architecture of your home. It will create depth to any plain wall and can be used vertically or horizontally, creating a stunning wall panel feature in any room. When used vertically, these panels will give the illusion of added height to your room. We’d also recommend combining this panel with W121 plain wall panel to create floor to ceiling panelling. They are very easy to install using glue adhesives.
Our D504 rectangular raised wall panel would also be a great addition to a Victorian or period property as this sculpted panel design will create beautiful panel lines throughout your hallway, living room or master bedroom. This rectangular shaped, plain wall panel can be stuck straight to the wall and positioned between your dado rail and skirting board to create an elegant Wainscoting wall panel design. Wainscoting is perfect for Victorian homes and for decorating long and narrow hallways, offering a touch of aesthetic detail. If you decide this panel design is perfect for you and your design aspirations, we’d suggest that you use this alongside D503 and D507 to create a classic design.
Within our Orac collection of wall panels, we’d also recommend the installation of our P3020A decorative corner wall panel to our Victorian interior. This beautifully ornate corner can be used to create plush panels or ceiling astragal panels. Install our wall corner designs at all four corners of your ceiling and then run our P3020 moulding around the perimeter of the ceiling to create a stunning ceiling band.
Modern Wall Panel Inspiration
A new-build property is like a blank canvas, it creates an opportunity for you to transform your house into a home that is a reflection of you, your character, lifestyle and design aspirations. You’ve not inherited anyone else’s style, and you won’t have the stress of stripping the property back. Everything is new and ready to be decorated. We’ve got some wall panel inspiration that will help you create your dream interior look.
Our SX163 plain wall panel / dado rail would be a beautiful addition to your interior. This contemporary and flat panel design is also multi-functional, it can be used as a dado rail, panel moulding, door architrave or skirting board. This design is perfect for adding character to new built properties, emulating the contemporary and minimalist style. Additionally, this wall panel has a primed finish and is ready to a final coat of paint to mirror your dream interior colour palette.
To give your interior additional flair and 3D dimension, we’d suggest the installation of Orac’s F30 raised wall panelling design. This decorative and recessed wall panelling design adds elegance and style to any room. The F30 wall panel looks beautiful and seamless under a large plain dado rail and can be glued flat to the wall or recessed into the wall.
On the other hand, our PX175 plain wall panel moulding would be the perfect addition to your modern interior. Modern built properties often feature lower ceilings and this wall panel design would help emulate the existing decor and ambience of your interior. This panel is also a great seller in our Glasgow showroom. Give your interior additional detail and design through the installation of a simplistic yet elegant wall panel.
Although we’ve split our wall panel inspiration into two categories, we’ve got a beautiful wall panel design that would suit both property styles: P4025 Autoire wall panel / dado rail. This Orac wall panel / dado rail is a new addition to our lightweight collection. The P4025 is a chunky design and features a sculptured profile making it perfect for use in both modern built and traditional styled homes. It can be used as a simple dado rail, a ceiling astragal or used to create simplistic wall panel design. This design is also available in flexible lengths for curved walls or bay windows.
We’ve given you some inspiration but the final decision is yours. Choose the wall panel that you want, choose the panel that suits your style and character. We’ve got a wide range of beautiful lightweight wall panel designs to choose from, and if you’re still stuck for ideas, give us a call on 0141 429 1218 and we’ll talk you through the designs that would suit your property.
Interior design has always taken inspiration from the natural environment. And as the seasons change, interior design trends also change. From colours to textures, the beauty of interior design is that it tells a story, it allows you to showcase your personality. Just like your wardrobe, you can incorporate seasonal design changes into your home to really make it work for you.
We’ve put together our top 5 interior design trends that are a must have in any property this summer.
- Bring the outside inside
With the longer days and bright summer nights, now is the perfect time to harness natural light and bring a little of the outside inside. Introduce nature into your interior in a variety of ways. The addition of plants or flowers increases the oxygen in your home and contributes to your sense of wellbeing. Whether you are a budding gardener, or looking for something more low maintenance, there are plenty of options. Ideas include window box displays, succulents in quirky pots in your bathroom, a mini herb garden in the kitchen, and a stunning floral arrangement on your dining room table. Pampas grass was one of the most popular interior trends in 2019 and it has continued into 2020 as it gives off a calming vibe and adds a new texture to your room. If you’re not sure that real flowers are for you, why not try some faux-flowers?
Biophilic design takes bringing the outside inside to another level, using direct nature, indirect nature, and space to bring you closer to increase connectivity to the natural environment. It’s said that incorporating elements of nature into our interior can reduce stress, bring down pressure levels and our heart rates. It can also increase our productivity, creativity levels and overall well being. So it’s no surprise that many new office builds are incorporating biophilic design into their modern workspaces. Add this trend to your interior through the use of natural lighting, indoor gardens, living walls, natural and recycled materials such as woods, metal and stone, images of nature and colours which mirror the great outdoors.
Colour schemes inspired by nature are always on trend. This year earthy tones are complemented by olive greens, yellow ochres and burnt oranges. These shades not only bring warmth to your interior but also connect your home to your outside space. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and use these bright colours on your walls or furniture, you can easily incorporate them by hanging a wall print. Floral wall prints are a fun way of adding your personality into your home. We love a bright print as the focal point of a bedroom or dining room.
- Maximalism & pops of colour
Embrace the flamboyant! 2020 has seen a surge in a lavish trend of maximalism to give your home personality. Think clashing patterns, bold designs and contrasting colours. There’s plenty of ways to incorporate this style into your home, including creating a display that showcases bold accessories. Take a bold colour wall, yellow for example, and add vases with tropical prints, colourful picture frames with black and white prints and some quirky bits of furniture for the added wow factor. It’s simple yet effective.
Be brave and cover your walls and floors with bold patterns in contrasting tones, metallic accessories and funky art work to give your room edge. But if you’re not ready to take maximalism to the extreme, start with a simple feature wall in a contrasting colour to your other walls.
Our range of 3D wall panel designs are perfect for making a statement in your home. Providing the wall with an additional dimension and textured finish, they create a focal point to give your room an extra wow factor. Go bold with a modern geometric style, or opt for something more intricate to complement a period home. View our design collection here.
- White interiors
When it comes to interiors, keeping it classy and neutral is the perfect way to create a timeless design. White brightens up every space and makes even the smallest room feel bigger. However, this can be an intimidating design trend to bring into a home, especially a family home! But there are plenty of materials and fabrics that are stain resistant and cleanable. Accent white rooms with dark woods and natural tones to create a calming atmosphere. An elegant white interior could benefit from the addition of Luxxus Coving and cornicing to finish off your classic and stylish room decor. We offer a range of high quality coving designs suitable for all property styles, view our range here.
- Nautical designs
Every summer we see a resurgence of nautical inspired colour palettes. Blues, greys and whites are the perfect colours for summer. Add reflective elements to your room with an ocean styled mirror. Add natural textures in a nautical theme to break up your original colour palette. Be bold with your interior and add distressed woods and dark colours to give your interior a laid back vibe.
- Garden style
We’ve all had a taste of sunshine this year, and with the summer holidays ahead, now is the perfect time to spruce up your garden space and prepare to enjoy your time outside in style.
Make the most of your garden, whether it’s to allow you to dine alfresco, host socially-distanced garden parties or enjoy your own space with a book or a glass of wine, we’ve got some great tips to share.
With the addition of lighting and heating you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors all day long. Simply install some pretty hanging lights on your fence to make your garden really shine and give it an authentic beach vibe. A must have in any garden is an open fire pit, the warmth and flames allow you enjoy the rest of the night as the temperature dips. Another way to transform your garden is through outdoor furniture and it can be low-cost. Simply layer up your chairs with throws and cushions, they’re perfect for adding colour and warmth for when the sun fades away.
Give your home a fresh look this summer, whether you decide to add a pop of colour or completely redesign your décor, we’ve listed some great ideas that will help you. And if you’d like to add any coving, cornices, ceiling roses or wall panels to your interior whilst you’re redecorating, we’ve got a fantastic range of lightweight products.
Skirting boards are used to provide a neat finish to your walls and protect floor level plaster. Our range of white Orac skirting boards are easy to install and finished with a white primer ready for a final coat of paint. Made from lightweight duropolymer, they are waterproof, shockproof, impact resistant, making them a great choice for modern day homes.
In this article, we will show you how to fit skirting boards, including how to cut your skirting to size, measuring and cutting angles for skirting corners and how to apply skirting adhesive.
Before you get started, we recommend storing your skirting boards and adhesives at room temperature and waiting 24 hours before installing them.
To fit your skirting boards, you will need the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Mitre box & saw
- There are various mitre saw options including using a mitre box and a panel saw, a precision mitre saw, or an electric compound mitre saw.
- Caulking gun
- Protective equipment i.e. gloves, eye protection and a dust mask
Before you begin, make sure your walls are ready by checking the following:
- Are your walls flat?
- Are they dust free?
- Have they been sanded and washed down?
- Are they dry with no grease stains?
If the answer to all the questions above is yes, then your walls are ready and you can get started.
How to cut your skirting boards:
Most of our skirting boards come in 2m lengths. Therefore you’ll need to measure your walls to calculate the skirting lengths required and cut the skirting boards to the required lengths for shorter sections. You’ll also need to calculate the angle of any corners and cut the ends of your skirting boards to create the required internal and external corner joints. Internal corners face inwards, and external corners outwards, as shown in the images below:
Internal corner example:
Product shown: SX125 Small Contemporary Skirting Board
External corner example:
Product shown: SX118 Skirting Board
We recommend starting at the lefthand side of the door and working your way around the room in an anti-clockwise direction.
Follow the steps below for each length of skirting required.
- To create a skirting board corner joint, using your protractor or angle measurer, measure the angle of the corner required. If the total corner angle is 90 degrees, then you will need to cut 2 45 degree angles.
Top Tip: Although we assume that all room corners are 90 degree angles, in reality this is not always the case and measuring corner angles is an important part of fitting skirting so don’t skip this step!
- Using your tape measure, measure the required length of skirting. Mark on the back of the skirting board with a pencil the required length.
- Hold the skirting board up to the wall to gauge the direction of the cut that is required. On the top of the skirting board, using your pencil, lightly mark the direction in which the angle cut should be made.
Example: 90 degree corner (as shown below)
A 90 degree wall corner will require each board to be cut at an opposite 45 degree angle, as shown below:
Angle 1 (top of board view)
Angle 2 (top of board view)
- Set your mitre box to the required angle size and direction.
- Place the skirting board into the mitre box in an upright position with the front of the skirting board facing you. Make sure you secure the board tightly into the mitre box to avoid any movement during sawing, to ensure a clean finish.
Top Tip: When cutting a long length of skirting, support the board at the end you’re not cutting, to ensure it is level with the base of the mitre box as you cut.
- Using the saw, cut the board at the required angle.
- Repeat the steps above for the second skirting board length to complete the corner.
- Take both skirting lengths and check that the corners fit together before fixing to the wall.
How to fit the skirting to the wall:
Unlike traditional wooden skirting boards, Orac skirting boards are made of a lightweight duropolymer meaning that you don’t need screws to fit your skirting boards to the wall. There are various adhesives available to fit Orac skirting boards. You will need two adhesives to fit your skirting boards – one to fix the skirting boards to the walls, and one to join two skirting boards together e.g. for joints and corners.
Here are the types of Orac adhesives to choose from. Each adhesive comes in various sizes to meet the needs of your project.
- Decofix® Pro adhesive – for use on interior walls and porous surfaces
- Decofix® Power – for use with heavy profiles or non porous surfaces
- Decofix® Extra adhesive – for use on skirting joins and corners
How to apply adhesive to skirting boards:
- Open your adhesive, attach the nozzle and snip the end off, as per product instructions, and insert canister into caulking gun.
- Take your length of cut skirting and apply adhesive to the back of the skirting board areas that will touch the wall (usually the top and bottom of the skirting boards). Apply the adhesive to the entire length of the skirting board, do not apply sporadically in blobs.
- Firmly press the skirting board to the wall, ensuring that you work along the length of the board to ensure all parts of the skirting board are against the wall.
- When pressing the skirting board against the wall, you will notice that some of the adhesive spills out of the top and out of any joints. This is normal. Clean away any overspill with a spatula and damp cloth to ensure a clean finish. You may need to repeat this again after a few hours.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to use the correct adhesive, depending on whether you are attaching the skirting board to the wall, or another skirting board.
Watch Orac’s video on how to fit skirting boards
Here at Wm Boyle, our knowledgeable team would be happy to answer any queries you have about fitting skirting boards. Get in touch today.
Decorating the interior of a new build is a golden opportunity to create the perfect home to suit your personality. Without the constraints of a previous owner’s style, or the inconvenience of having to gut a property to get it back to that “blank canvas” stage, you can build something to suit your lifestyle.
At the same time, a new build can be a bit daunting. There is a reason that so many aspiring writers and artists can spend a lot of time staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike. Fortunately, getting over that first hurdle doesn’t need to be hard. Read on for some tips on how to approach your new build interior.
Finding Your Style
Before you so much as look at a paint swatch, you should take some time to establish what it is you hope to achieve with your interior. What kind of atmosphere do you wish to create? Do you have a particular colour scheme in mind?
The internet can be a great help at this stage. Search sites like Instagram and Pinterest for examples of interior decor that match your vision, and study what was done in those spaces. Don’t be afraid to mix and match when exploring other examples of interior decoration. It can even help to take magazines or catalogues and cut pictures out so that you can arrange them—collage-style—to get a better idea of how they will look.
Once you then have in mind an idea of the type of interior design you would like and the features you require to achieve it you can then go shopping on websites (such as our own) to find the products. We have a wide range of products which would suit new build properties including contemporary & flexible skirting boards, coving and small as well as larger wall panelling options.
Take Your Time
It is quite common for new-build owners to know what they’re working with ahead of actually moving in, so that can help to resist the urge to make rash decisions, especially when it comes to things like painting or wallpapering. If at all possible, avoid painting or papering when first moving in, when things are still settling, or you may end up having to redecorate sooner than you hoped!
When you begin decorating, don’t be afraid to try things entirely in the knowledge that you may not like it. The first paint sample you try doesn’t have to be the one. The first position you place your sofa isn’t necessarily the best place. Try different combinations of colours and layouts, and don’t be limited by what you think will work. You may find something that seemed absurd in your head works well in the room.
3d Wall Panels are just one example of features that can be used to experiment with to make your home’s interior feel a little more vibrant.
Shed Light on Your Interior
The impact that lighting has on an interior space is drastically undervalued. People often don’t appreciate how impactful it can be to have plenty of natural light coming through your windows until they live in a space that lacks it.
Similarly, when considering your interior lighting, think about the spaces that will be affected, and what you will likely be doing in those spaces. Having a central light that lights a whole room is standard, but do you also need a more intimate lighting option, perhaps for reading under?
Or could some uplighting coving be put to good use with some LED lighting, allowing light to diffuse upwards to the top of the room? We have a number of products which are now very popular for creating the perfect lighting in your room such as Diagonal Uplighting Coving.
Never underestimate the impact a small touch can make—a plant pot here, a painting there. Things like rugs and ornaments can make your new build feel truly yours. Just be careful not to clutter your space so much as to make it impractical.
And above all, have fun with it. It’s your home, and you should enjoy it.
The evolution of architecture over the decades has witnessed the birth of Art Deco, Modernism, High-tech, Deconstructivism and Blobitecture architecture styles, however, property architecture in prominent and affluent cities remains Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian in style. These property styles were built prior to WW1 and boast classical and elegant features that are desired by most home buyers. Each property represents a different period in architecture, a period in society with different inspirations and affluency. Discover these styles and appreciate the beauty within their differences in our blog.
The Georgian period covers the reign of George I to George IV from 1714 – 1830. One of the finest architectural builds within this era was 10 Downing Street in London. Architectural designs within this period boasted large windows to heighten natural light and spacious rooms which prioritised comfort. This significantly contrasts to the small and dark architectural styles that were built prior to the Georgian era. Within the Georgian time period, the first and second storeys were occupied by the owner and their families whilst staff lived in the upper storeys. This explains why the upper storeys were typically small and dark, with less impressive windows and lower ceiling heights.
Georgian properties are most recognised for the following defining features-
- Symmetrical flat exteriors and balanced interior layouts
- Flat or shallow roofs which are often hidden behind a parapet
- Townhouses were built over three or four storeys
- Elongated and rectangular sash windows
- Stucco-faced ground floor exterior with a fan window frequently positioned above the main entrance
- Built around garden squares, as individual houses did not have their own garden
1837 – 1901 marked the reign of Queen Victorian, an era which witnessed the industrial revolution and significant societal changes, including the spread of wealth, which in turn impacted the construction and architectural design of houses. The industrial revolution meant that houses were more accessible and affordable to the middle class which meant the demand for housing skyrocketed. The Victorian property style was influenced by the renaissance and Gothic revival movement but still retained some of the classical features from Georgian style properties, for example they enjoy similar columns and proportioning.
Some of the most defining Victorian property features include –
- High ceilings and large bay windows
- Stained glass windows
- Multi-coloured brickwork
- Brickwork porches
- Ornate stonework
- Geometric tiled hallways
- Wooden floors with fireplaces in every room
- Patterned wallpaper, usually floral
- Lavish, elaborate and detailed interiors which emulate the wealth of the homeowners
The Edwardian period was relatively short, lasting from only 1901 to 1918. Beyond the reign of King Edward VII, the Edwardian era of architecture was influenced by the Baroque and Arts and Crafts movements. This period seen a significant rise in the general population and the completion of several new railway lines, which seen the rise of the ‘suburbs’. Edwardian homes boast porches and verandas from the exterior while the interior is bright and light, with bespoke fireplaces, staircases and elaborate tilework.
Defining Edwardian features include the following-
- Houses built in straight lines
- Mock-Tudor cladding and timbers, typically towards the top of the house
- Red brickwork
- Ornate tilework
- Deep bay windows
- Wide hallways
- Porches with wooden frames
Although there are significant defining features for each property style, Wm Boyle offers a range of that can emulate and restore the architectural style of your home, or help renovate the interior to give the property more character and flair.
From traditional and simple coving styles, ornate ceiling roses, wall panelling and skirting boards, to fireplaces and stoves, Wm Boyle can help. Whether you want to add warmth to your interior with a gas fireplace or add a dado rail to complement your existing coving, we have it all. Plus, if you have a design in mind or want to know more about our products, give us a call on 0141 429 1218 or pop into our Glasgow showroom where we’d be happy to offer our expertise.
Is your interior craving a pick-me-up? Look to the walls and make a statement. Geometric wall designs give you a modern and unique design aesthetic. Offering movement, depth and endless design opportunities, 3D tiles are the perfect cure for dull and boring wall canvases.
Commonly used in both commercial and residential interior design, 3D panels give your space statement, edge and flair. And our collection is elegant, stylish and affordable. Our geometric 3D styles are perfect for all modern interiors, from spacious studio apartments to contemporary new builds with small rooms. We’ve spotlighted 5 of our 3D Wall Panels that will give you some much needed interior wall inspiration!
Wm Boyle offer two Cubi styled 3D wall panels; W102 and W103. The Cubi is one of our latest geometric 3D wall panels and offers consumers endless design opportunities. Whether you choose to use W102 on its own or alongside W102, you can create beautiful, statement wall art. From a bland, dull wall to a visual centrepiece. Both our Cubi wall designs come in white however, to match your current interior palate or mood, feel free to add a splash of colour.
If you’re looking to create a real WOW factor in your home, think outside of the box when it comes to using wall panelling. We just love how W102 and W103 have been used to create this statement kitchen island.
Another geometric style that can be used to create a statement piece in any room is the W100 Rombus 3D Wall Panel. Again, this style could be left white, however you can enhance the charm and elegance of your space by using metallic paint effects and different textures to draw the eye and the light. With endless design opportunities, this design can be used to create sleek white wall patterns or playful art installations. We love this metallic masterpiece from Orac.
Create a vibrant and luxurious wall effect through the installation of our W108 Zigzag 3D Wall Panel. This style is a new addition to our geometric 3D wall panel range and offers consumers a unique visual effect. Whether you choose to create a full floor to ceiling wall feature, standard height panel or use on the ceiling to create a contemporary look, the design possibilities are infinite. Add a touch of flair to your period property with a zigzag design in your hallway or complement the modern ambience of your new build, our zigzag style is the perfect solution to your interior wall problems.
If you like the zigzag effect, we would also recommend our W109 3D Valley Wall Panel which offers a similar texture and feel. The Valley is a recent addition to our 3D wall covering collection. The look and feel of your wall art should be personal to you and complement your personality. Our 3D Valley Tile offers you all the design freedom and flexibility you could wish for. With no strict design guidelines to follow, this style can be used to create a visual art piece or a modern take on half wall panelling. Take control of your interior and create a feature masterpiece with our simple yet aesthetic wall panels.
We’ve only listed a few of our 3D wall panel designs here, but if you’re intrigued and want to see more styles, then visit our 3D Wall Panels page. Be creative. Make a statement and have fun doing it. For more inspiration, Pinterest and Instagram are the perfect platforms to search.
If you require any advice or wish to speak to an expert regarding which type of 3D wall panel would best suit your interior, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0141 429 1218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to give advice or help you with your wall panel requirements.
The Victorian era in Britain seen the industrial revolution and introduced many changes to society, including the spread of wealth, which impacted the way homes were constructed. The wake of the industrial revolution meant that houses became more accessible and affordable to the rising middle class, which created a growing demand for new housing. The Victorian era is also characterised by rows of terraced housing within narrow streets. The Victorian property style was influenced by the renaissance and Gothic revival movement, with properties featuring unique characteristics including bay windows, stained glass doorways, high ceilings, sash windows, ornamental stonework and multicoloured brickwork. Victorian homes are visually and beautifully unique, full of character and open to a world of interior design opportunities. We have some top tips on how to style and emulate the architecture of your Victorian property through the installation of various lightweight products.
Boasting high ceilings, the addition of a ceiling rose is the perfect way to add a touch of vintage glamour or authenticity to a Victorian property. From modest terraces to the grandest villas, the Victorian era seen the majority of properties spotlighting ornate or decorative ceiling roses to emulate the overall style of their home. Wm Boyle offers a range of lightweight ceiling roses that will complement your home’s interior through their aesthetic and intricate designs.
Our R23 Lightweight Decorative Ceiling Rose affords an acanthus leaf and egg and dart design pattern, making it ideal for Victorian properties with ceilings of at least 2.7m high. This ceiling rose is also available in a smaller version affording you design consistency throughout the entirety of your property, even in smaller rooms.
On the other hand, we would also recommend our R64 Large Decorative Ceiling Rose which features floral swings, bows and leaves. This is our largest rose design which complements Victorian styled properties with formal rooms and high ceilings. Once installed you cannot distinguish between this lightweight design and a plaster ceiling design, the authenticity and intricacy are beautiful.
Victorian bay windows are recognised for their ability to create aesthetic accents and allow ample light to enter the room space thus illuminating the room’s interior during daylight. To complement the existing architecture, we would recommend the addition of flexible coving or cornices to bend round your curved bay window, covering cracks or creating seamless transitions between the walls and ceilings. From ornate to simplistic designs, we offer a range of styles to suit your interior aspirations. For Victorian properties we would suggest the installation of our C214 Flexible Cornice boasting a delicate acanthus leaf design. Acanthus leaf designs are often found in Victorian architectures, therefore this design allows you to emulate the era of your property throughout your interior.
Alternatively, we would recommend a more simplistic yet elegant design- C217 Flexible Cornice. Its swans’ neck, plain shape with ovolu moulding at the top and bottom will complement any décor, and curve seamlessly across bay windows. This is a bestseller within our flexible and bendy collection as it works perfectly within grand Victorian properties as well as modern new builds.
Another way to emulate the tradition, the era and design of your Victorian property is through the addition of an ornate fireplace or fire surround to create warmth and aesthetic to your living room. Our Glasgow Fireplace Showroom offers a wide selection of designs and styles to suit all property styles including Victorian homes. The addition of our Asquith Limestone Fireplace would perfectly suit the interior and architecture of your Victorian home through its elegance, soft curves and tall mantelpiece. This is a classic fireplace design and a cast iron insert or stove blends effortlessly within its surround.
Stoves are becoming really populating, allowing you a taste of both modern and period. We would recommend purchasing an Esse Stove to complement your Victorian property. Esse manufacture a beautiful selection of multi-fuel and gas stoves in all styles to ensure the perfect stove to blend into your existing interior. The choice of style and design is yours whether you adhere to your existing Victorian architecture or venture towards a new modern look and feel. We are happy to help you decide on the perfect stove at our Glasgow Showroom.
The style of a Victorian property can also be enhanced through the addition of wall panels to re-capture its era and architecture. Our sculpted W120 Autoire Wall Panel will help you create instant wall depth. Whether used in hallways, living rooms or dining areas, this design resonates the Victorian character and ambience.
On the other hand, we would also recommend the installation of our sculpted D504 Rectangular Raised Wall Panel. This panelling can be positioned between a dado rail and skirting board in order to create a classic Wainscoting design. Wainscoting is perfect for Victorian homes and for decorating long and narrow hallways, offering a touch of detail and elegance.
Victorian properties would also benefit from the addition of skirting boards to create flawless ceiling to floor transitions. Wm Boyle’s collection of Victorian styled skirting boards will emulate the style and elegance of your existing interior. Our SX118 Skirting Board is the perfect design with a plain ogee profile that will add charm and sophistication to your Victorian home. A dado rail would also be the ideal addition to your Victorian period property by adding a touch of elegant decor to your interior. Our P4025 Autorie Dado Rail is a chunky design that boasts a sculpted profile making it perfect for a Victorian build.
There are various ways in which you can enhance your interior whether you decide to emulate the Victorian style or venture towards a modern outlook, we offer a range of lightweight interior products to suit your vision or aspirations. Follow our top design tips for Victorian properties and give your home charm, character and consistent aesthetic. The design and décor of your interior is personal to you, but we are happy to point you in the right direction to suit your existing décor.
The addition of an interior moulding such as cornice, coving, ceiling rose or skirting board, is a fantastic way to add unique character, charm and beauty to your home’s existing interior design. A decorative moulding can cover transitional lines between various surfaces, creating a cleaner finish. Decorative mouldings can come in range of styles, shapes and profiles to suit every property style, from grand Victorian houses to minimalistic new builds. The personality and architecture of your home should be reflected in the designs and interior mouldings you install. Express your personal style through the addition of one of our lightweight mouldings.
Coving & Cornices
Add an extra touch of elegance and style to your home’s interior through the addition of coving or cornice mouldings. At Wm Boyle, we offer a range of traditional and intricate coving and cornice designs that mirror the ambience and natural look of traditional period properties. Our C216 Egg & Dart Cornice is a lightweight, purotouch cornice with a decorative design, ideal for those living in a period style home. We also offer the Newcastle Victorian Cornice which is a large lightweight cornice with an Acanthus leaf design. This design beautifully compliments original Victorian features including high ceilings.
Our Orac collection of contemporary coving and cornice is the perfect choice for those looking to add an extra touch of character to their modern styled interiors. Add value, ambience and luxury to your home with the addition of a simple yet decorative feature. The addition of our small C390 Stepped Coving is a minimalistic style that can be used for multiple functions including normal coving, LED downlighting coving and as curtain coving, creating seamless transitions throughout your interior. Alternatively, you could opt for our SX186 Ascot Contemporary Coving design which is a flat lightweight coving style.
Create a focal centrepiece with the installation of a decorative ceiling rose to capture the attention of your guests. Chandeliers or other pendant lighting can provide a point of interest within your interior and can be complemented by a charming or simple ceiling rose design. Our range of Orac ceiling roses will add a touch glamour to both Victorian and new build properties. Reflect the intricacy and detail of your period property through the installation of our R23 Decorative Ceiling Rose which features beautiful design details to complement the existing Victorian features within your home. Otherwise, we’d recommend the addition of our R52 Victorian Style Ceiling Rose which is a popular choice for homeowners with high ceilings and traditional interior tastes.
For more contemporary homes, we’d suggest the addition of one of our more contemporary styles to further emulate the architecture and modern feel of your interior. With six individual mouldings, our decorative Lily Ceiling Rose creates a stylish, yet elegant centrepiece for your room. On the other hand, our R09 Medium Plain Ceiling Rose is a simplistic ceiling design that can help you showcase your centre lighting feature.
Skirting boards are a must have finish for any room, adding authenticity to your interior decor. Whether you’re looking for flexible skirting profiles, curved skirting, or Torus skirting boards, Wm Boyle have a skirting profile to suit all tastes and property styles. The skirting design you choose should depend on your home’s features, ambience and décor. Grand Victorian properties benefit from skirting boards through their ability to create smooth transitions from high ceilings to the floor. Within our collection, we’d recommend that Victorian homeowners opt for our SX118 Skirting Board which complements traditional architectural structures. Alternatively, we would suggest our SX104 Lambs Tongue Skirting Board which can bend round curved walls and large bay windows. This design profile comes in both Lightweight Duropolymer and Flexible Purotouch.
For contemporary new builds, we would advise the installation of flexible or small skirting profiles to complement the ceiling height. One of our most popular skirting profiles for new builds is our . A simplistic yet plush design, it complements minimalistic decor choices. Alternatively, we would suggest our which affords a curved style which is perfect for modern properties.
With a wide range of interior mouldings available, you can now design a truly custom and personal look for your home. Interior mouldings, whether decorative or minimalistic, can help define your space and add a unique touch to your home. Our range of interior finishes are the perfect way to complete your home and our team are happy to help you choose the perfect cornice, ceiling rose, skirting board or wall panel to suit your existing interior style or personality.