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Georgian sash windows and elegant, vintage frames that embrace period authenticity such as narrow mouldings and sightlines.


PUTTING THE HISTORY INTO MODERN HOMES Heritage in the home no longer means adhering to one period style – 62 per cent of homeowners believe that period homes can have some modern elements and 49 per cent like mixing modern and period styles. For many, it’s more intriguing to blend elements of the past and the future. The most important features for bringing heritage to a new home are fireplaces, doors and windows, with three in four homeowners citing these. Doors and windows are some of the most conspicuous elements of the facade and the interior of any home. They’re worth investing in, and because the wood can be painted in a range of colours they can be easily incorporated into any design scheme.


Another way to celebrate the heritage of a property is to use special


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period-effect glass or even leaded or stain glass. Forget the feature wall – this is all about the feature window, and the inclusion of a piece of stained glass that throws multi-coloured light across a room is a bold and increasingly popular interior trend.


Mixing elements of the past and


future allows for more creative freedom. Be it an open-plan kitchen diner, underfloor heating, or smart home devices, there are some modern luxuries we just aren’t willing to give up. Research by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that Brits believe the ‘feel’ of a home to be more important than functionality. Mixing old and new in design and decor allows you to achieve this all-important character. If adding an extension to an older


property, don’t be tempted to try and replicate original features. Some of the best extensions to period properties are the ones that really mark themselves as being new. There’s juxtaposition between the new and the old, avoiding


pastiche. Creating something modern and contemporary can fit alongside and connect with the original building. When it comes to windows, a Georgian sash window has the history that goes with it, and beautiful proportions. Upcycling is an effective way of bringing character into your home, finding unique items of furniture over generic items from big-name stores. And for those who don’t want to take the full leap into vintage and heritage, there are small details you can include that hint at the past. Exposed floorboards in the living room and timber frames painted to match the interior decor can provide a glimpse into the past. This year we are seeing an increased focus on craftsmanship and detailing. Find something that is elegant and fitting but doesn’t look too fussy. Even basic necessities such as plug sockets and light switches can blend into a period aesthetic. The key message is that architectural detailing is one of the most powerful ways to bring character into a home.


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