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.
The government’s Clean Air Strategy aims to promote the use of clean-burning stoves and appliances in order to minimise the amount of harmful emissions that pollute our air quality. And by January 2022 it will be law that all solid fuel appliances sold will have to be Ecodesign Compliant. The primary focus of Ecodesign’s regulations are to reduce Particle and Carbon Monoxide emissions, improve efficiency and sustainability of all fuel-burning stoves.
What is Ecodesign and what does it mean for stove owners?
Ecodesign is a European-wide initiative designed to lower the emissions from stoves. Ecodesign stoves are designed to reduce all emissions by burning wood completely and more efficiently. Ecodesign stoves have been tested by an independent, approved laboratory and successfully meet the emissions and minimum efficiency regulations.
Current stove owners will not be affected by this impending regulatory change as this only applies to new stoves. However, when you come to replace or update your wood-burning stove, post 2022, your new fuel burner will need to adhere and comply with the new Ecodesign regulations. Ecodesign stove owners will benefit from superior heat performance and lower emissions, the best of both worlds.
Current regulations for stove burners & 2022 regulatory changes
At present, fuel-burning appliances within the UK market are required to meet the minimum efficiency limits of 65% when operated at minimal heat output. This ensures that all new fuel- burning stoves do not affect a properties overall energy usage and performance.
Following January 2022, all solid fuel burning stoves and appliances will need to be independently tested to demonstrate that they meet the seasonal efficiency and four emission limit provisions set by Ecodesign regulations. An Ecodesign stove lowers emissions to an absolute minimum and features a high efficiency combustion system that uses 70% less logs than an open fire and 20% less than a standard stove to heat your home. Although, the focus has been on wood-burning, these regulations apply to all solid fuel stoves, including boiler stoves. Manufacturers will need to declare the fuel used within each specific stove as regulatory requirements will vary.
There will be a dramatic reduction in CO minimum emission, as currently the limit is 12,500mg, alongside the addition of new seasonal efficiency percentages which can be seen in the table below–
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Aside from buying an Ecodesign wood burning appliance, it is critical that you burn good quality fuel. Alistair Compton, Managing Director of The Stovax Heating Group, highlighted that burning the right fuel on the right wood burning appliance is the way to a greener, more sustainable future. If you are unaware of which types of fuel are best suited for your stove, ask your supplier or get in contact with a member of our team as we are happy to answer any of your stove queries.
Wm Boyle Ecodesign Compliant Stoves
At Wm Boyle, we offer a range of authentic fireplaces and stoves which operate to Ecodesign’s high efficiency and minimal emission standards. Our Burley stove range all boast a dramatic flame picture with unparalleled fuel efficiency. The Burley range is often regarded as one of the most efficient wood-burning stoves in the world, and within our Glasgow showroom we offer the Burley Debdale, Holywell, Brampton and Launde stove models. Not only are these designs eco-friendly and sustainable, they also offer an aesthetic centrepiece to your home’s interior, whether it’s a period property or modern new build.
Alternatively, we offer two beautiful Clock Woodburner Stoves which both have an efficiency rating of 80% or above, which adhere to the new Ecodesign efficiency regulations. Our Clock Blifthfield 5W Stove is a stunning piece available in a choice of colours to suit your home’s colour palette featuring a minimalistic yet classic design with a large viewing glass. The addition of this wood burning stove offers warmth through a fierce and fiery glow.
Our Clock Compact 5KW Stove is a multi-fuel stove which adheres to the sustainable Ecodesign regulations. Being Ecodesign 2020 ready, this stove allows you to minimise your emission output, reduce your carbon footprint on the planet whilst continuing to enjoy all the benefits of a woodburning stove. This compact Clock Stove is perfect for small fireplace openings within a small to medium sized living area. Add that finishing touch to your living room and install a beautiful Clock Stove assured to add warmth through a golden, red glow.
Follow the Ecodesign regulations and make your house a home with the addition of one of our stunning wood burning stove designs which already comply with the 2022 regulations.
Our Glasgow stove showroom is one of Glasgow’s leading suppliers of stoves with a wide range of bespoke, efficient and high-quality wood burning and multi-fuel stoves in traditional and contemporary designs. Browse our range here.
Understated and classic interiors can be created with the addition of a decorative pilaster. The installation of pilasters can add a dramatic 3D effect to your interior whilst reflecting the architectural style of your property with traditional fluted pilaster designs. We offer pilaster designs to suit all property sizes, shapes and styles. Follow your creative imagination and add an extra authentic touch to your home’s interior or exterior with one of our pilaster designs.
What Are Pilasters?
Pillars and pilasters are often used interchangeably however, a pillar is a tall vertical structure of stone, wood or metal, used as a supporting architecture for a building. Whereas, a pilaster is a rectangular column used to give the appearance of a supporting structure from the wall to which it is attached, however, its main purpose is to project an ornamental outlook. Pilasters simply add architectural elegance and detail to any entrance.
Interior or Exterior Use?
A 3D architectural feature can be used as a statement piece to draw your guest’s attention or complement the style and feel of your home both externally and internally. Pilasters can add stand-out detail to both your home’s interior and exterior through minimalistic or decorative finishing touches. A rectangular wall structure such as a pilaster is perfect for decorating bookcases, breaking up large plain walls or simply adding extra detail to the ends of your kitchen cabinets. Alternatively, pilasters can help create that instant curb appeal from your front door entrance, giving your home a lasting first impression. From welcoming guests, to conveying your own personal style, a pilaster addition can make all the difference. The options are infinite.
Styles of Pilasters
The style and design you choose should seamlessly reflect the style of your property. If you live in a period property we would suggest the installation of our K201 – Complete Decorative Pilaster as this design will elegantly complement the high ceiling structure, long corridor design and bay windows layout. This fluted pilaster adds a visual aesthetic to your interior through a third dimensional dynamic.
Alternatively, we would recommend our K251 – Complete Decorative Pilaster. This pilaster is one of our widest design styles which features an intricate Corinthian style top with a fluted pillar and plain base. The addition of this decorative pilaster will enhance the elegance and authenticity of your period property. This pilaster design is also suitable for both interior and exterior usage.
A pilaster installation can add a decorative feature to the minimalistic feel of your interior or add a dramatic statement to give your home extra flair and quirk. Within our range we would recommend the implementation of our K200 Fluted Pilaster / Door Architrave as this design can perfectly complement the ambience of your interior whilst adding an extra touch of detail to your walls blank canvas.
Be creative and elevate the design of your home with the addition of a pilaster. A decorative pilaster will add that finishing detail you’ve been looking for by breaking up the monotony of a flat surface, blank wall canvas or create an authentic and aesthetic front entrance statement.
Say goodbye to those awkward spaces and introduce a pilaster to your exterior or interior. Our elegant selection of highly durable and primed Orac pilasters are the perfect structural element for any property.
We also offer a range of full and half columns which can be combined with our pilasters to further complement the architectural structure of your home. Please note that our pilaster and column stock can be delivered straight to your door within 2-3 working days.
Every great interior designer knows that the addition of skirting boards can elevate the design of a room whilst adding that finishing aesthetic touch. Allow your interior aspirations to take shape and create that seamless smooth transition from ceiling to floor with the integration of a white skirting board or Victorian skirting board. Orac’s skirting board collection offers consumers various styles and shapes to suit all architectures.
A skirting board is a graceful connection between the floor and the wall but can also add so much more to your home’s interior décor. By adding flair and character to your interior, raising the ceiling through an aesthetic, and masking unwanted cables discretely. Plus, skirting board covers can camouflage old rustic skirting boards and complement the new outlook you wish to reflect through your interior. Skirting boards offer the opportunity to visually enlarge your room and integrate a soft glow through LED lighting. Simply, skirting boards are essential to any room. And at Wm Boyle we offer a range of standard and flexible skirting board profiles to choose from which can be viewed here.
Types of Skirting Boards
Skirting boards are multi-functional and come in various styles to suit every home architecture from grand Victorian designs to minimalistic contemporary homes or loft apartments. The skirting board mould and material should mirror the décor you wish to portray through your homes interior design. Orac offer a wide range of skirting boards from decorative skirting profiles to classic, contemporary, flexible, torus and ogee skirting boards. We offer a range of both Lightweight or Flexible Duropolymer and Flexible Purotouch skirting.
How To Choose the Right Skirting Board
The style of skirting board you choose should depend on your design aspirations, character and existing décor. If you live in a Victorian property, then the addition of a skirting board can add seamless transitions from high ceiling walls to the floor. Whereas if your home radiates a modern feel, a flexible or small skirting board can complement your design. Decorative skirting profiles suit period-style settings and simpler designs suit a clean, more modern interior.
Traditional Victorian properties feature high ceilings, cornicing and large windows therefore Victorian architraves and Victorian skirting boards should be installed to mirror the style and elegance. Showcase your properties architecture through the installation of our SX118 Skirting Board which is a tall, plain ogee styled profile. This skirting board can add an extra touch of sophistication and charm to your interior allowing bespoke room features to take centre stage.
We would also suggest our SX104 Lambs Tongue Skirting Board to be installed within period-style homes as this profile comes in a flexible material allowing the board to bend round curved walls and large bay windows. The finishing touch to your interior comes in both Lightweight Duropolymer and Flexible Purotouch.
Contemporary properties tend to suit more simplistic and minimalistic skirting designs to emulate the modern yet bespoke ambience. Modern skirting boards are becoming increasingly popular due to the amount of new build properties throughout Scotland and the UK. Within modern interiors we would suggest the installation of our SX125 Small Contemporary Skirting Board as this profile is a simple yet effective design. Offering seamless and smooth coverage throughout your room straight to your door architrave.
On the other hand, if you wish to add more flair and character to your interior, we would suggest the installation of our SX167 Dune Contemporary Skirting. This dynamic modern styled skirting board boasts a unique and stylish outlook, and can be used as a door architrave giving your interior a consistent design.
One of our bestselling skirting designs is our SX185 Skirting Board Cover which can be used to cover old and tired skirting or hide unsightly wires behind a plain contemporary profile. This skirting cover would be most suitable for contemporary properties as the simple design blends perfectly with minimalistic interior décor and design.
Why You Should Install Skirting Boards
Skirting boards add both functional and aesthetic benefits and are essentially a necessity to all interiors. Our Orac skirting boards are waterproof, durable, easily to install and finished with a white primer ready for the final coat of paint. Painting your skirting boards can depend on the style of your property, as period properties often suit white skirting boards in order to draw attention to the plaster details throughout the room. Whereas, slim-lined skirting is more suited to low ceiling modern-built properties. Skirting boards can also be used to make tonal or bold interior statements, whether you decide to be harmonious with the colour scheme or attract your guest’s attention, skirting boards allow you to be creative and re-create your interior vision.
Give your room that wow factor with an authentic and aesthetic touch through the installation of a ceiling rose. The Orac ceiling rose collection offers style and detail for both grand Victorian properties and contemporary new builds. And we can help you decide which type of ceiling rose is best suited to your home and interior design.
The installation of a decorative ceiling rose has become a prominent statement piece. From spotlighting chandeliers, to wall art features and contemporary lighting backgrounds, ceiling roses can be used in both traditional and unconventional ways to highlight your home’s design and character.
Staying true to tradition, ceiling roses can add a touch of decorative detail to a plain ceiling. Ceiling roses perfectly complement rooms with coving or cornices by adding design continuity throughout your interior. Our lightweight ceiling roses come in a variety of designs, to allow you to choose one that matches the architecture of your home.
Period properties are more likely to spotlight elaborate Georgian or Victorian ceiling roses to suit their large ceiling heights, whereas contemporary builds are more likely to showcase simpler designs to match the minimalist contemporary feel of the home. A single ceiling rose can create an interesting focal point within your room. Our Orac collection of coving and cornices can perfectly complement your ceiling rose of choice, ensuring consistency throughout your interior design.
Types of Ceiling Roses
The most popular ceiling roses can be split into two categories: Plaster and Lightweight. Plaster ceiling roses come in a variety of styles from plain, flat circles to large, intricate and ornate designs. Plaster is a heavier yet traditional material that gives ceiling roses an authentic period-style finish. Whereas we offer lightweight ceiling roses which are made from high quality polyurethane materials that allow for fine sharp details (Purotouch). Our collection also showcases a range of styles including small plain roses to decorative roses, to large and intricate designs.
Styles of Ceiling Roses
The style you choose should depend on your existing décor. If you live in a period property with existing coving or cornicing then a ceiling rose would be the perfect finishing touch. Within our ceiling rose collection we offer styles that will match all properties, including Victorian properties and contemporary builds. If your home boasts both plain ceilings and plain coving, the style of ceiling rose is your choice and dependent on your interior aspirations. Similarly, if your ceiling has no coving or decoration, you have a blank canvas to design. The architectural design of your home should be central to the style of ceiling rose you choose.
For period properties we would suggest one of our best-selling ceiling roses, the R40 Plain Georgian Ceiling Rose. This ceiling rose is perfect for grand formal rooms or large bathrooms. However its minimalistic design allows you to use in to complement a modern light fixture, as shown below:
Alternatively, for Victorian period properties we would suggest our R18 Lightweight Victorian Ceiling Rose as its intricate detail blends perfectly with a period property’s’ architectural design and high ceilings. This medium sized rose would look perfect within smaller sitting rooms or dining rooms. Detail can also be added to your home’s interior through the installation of our R27 Traditional Ceiling Rose (shown below), which showcases a Victorian style with scrolled leaf edges. This ceiling rose would be ideal for rooms with ceiling heights of 3 metres or more.
If you live within an Edwardian property, we would suggest our R38 Decorative Edwardian Ceiling Rose (shown below). This large ceiling rose showcases intricacy through its floral bouquets and scrolls design. With wide, bright interiors, a larger more detailed ceiling rose is the perfect fit for larger Edwardian property types, ensuring design consistency.
New builds suit smaller contemporary ceiling roses due to the layout and scale of the rooms. Our Lily Contemporary Ceiling Rose – 6 X G77 is the perfect centrepiece for your living room as these decorative individual mouldings pull together to create a beautiful ceiling rose design. We also offer a variety of simplistic designs to suit modern builds including our R08 Small Plain Lightweight Ceiling Rose and R07 Small Plain Ceiling Rose. Ceiling roses can be used on walls to create bespoke lighting features, as shown using the R08 Small Plain Lightweight Ceiling Rose below:
How To Fit Lightweight Ceiling Roses
Our collection of ceiling roses are super easy to install using specialist Orac adhesives and are all finished with a white primer ready for the finishing touch of paint.
If you require any guidance on what type of ceiling rose would suit your property, please contact us and we will be happy to help. We have a style to suit all property types.
View our full range of ceiling roses here.