About the Interior Design of a Georgian House

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The Georgian period in architecture lasted from the early eighteenth through the early nineteenth centuries. During the period, architects and interior designers embraced classical models of the Renaissance, which focused on symmetry and order. Rooms were harmonious, proportional and richly decorated. Georgian influences continue to be seen in homes across America today.

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Classical Influences

Georgian architecture and interior design were partly a reaction to the Baroque era. Architects like Palladio and virtues like order, symmetry and proportion were esteemed.


Furniture was delicate in style, with pieces such as wing chairs being common. George Hepplewhite and Thomas Chippendale were two of the most renown furniture makers of the period.

Color Schemes

As the Georgian period progressed, the deeper burgundies and greens of the early years gave way to more muted colours, including soft pinks and greys.

Walls and Trim

Walls were usually panelled at the bottom, but at the top were plastered and covered with paint or wallpaper. Arches, ribbons, urns and classical figures were common in the mouldings.


Fireplaces provided focal points for rooms and were often intricately decorated.

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