If you are carefully cultivating a period inspired home, authentic style floors will undoubtedly be of importance to you.
Obviously, the main consideration when choosing an appropriate floor covering for your home should be your lifestyle needs and the practicality of a faithful reproduction or antique floor.
It’s always a good idea to keep 21st century living firmly in mind even when you are putting great importance on the aesthetics!
What you may deem as the only choice in terms of decorative effect, or being in keeping with the age of your home, may prove completely impractical for busy family life or high traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens.
Consider also the upkeep of antique style floors as although polished floorboards look gorgeous, they require lots of ongoing TLC to keep them polished and waxed to a lustrous finish.
Marble, for example, is expensive to repair and renovate as are reclaimed or Restored Victorian geometric and encaustic tiles, which will often need specialist care to further preserve them.
These are all considerations to take into account before committing yourself to what could be a costly and ongoing exercise.
That’s not to say of course that interior designers and enthusiastic home decorators cannot use authentic items and good quality reproductions successfully throughout their homes or projects.
As long as you are aware of initial outlay costs, restoration costs, and ongoing care and repair costs, there is no reason at all why you can’t have the exact floor you want in your home – be that reclaimed ecclesiastical flooring or simple, bare scrubbed floorboards!
A Brief History of Flooring Through the Ages!
If you are stuck for ideas for the perfect floor for your period property, or you are following a particular theme then read on for a short overview of floor styles through the ages!
And whilst it’s certainly not set in stone that you have to follow any definite historical style, whatever the age of your house, it is generally considered that in older properties sympathetic renovation is generally easier on the eye than full on modernisation!
(Obviously if you live in a listed building your options will be limited by the restraints of the orders imposed on your home)
Georgian: Think well preserved stripped floor boards, either waxed or subtly varnished, with a selection of rugs in colours to match your décor and the period: oriental styles and pale colours, such as duck-egg blue, palest green, and faded gold will all work well.
Marble or stone floors were also prevalent in this period, but although practical in bathrooms or kitchens, consideration would need to be given to their suitability in today’s modern, family home.
Victorian: From Painted Floorboards, to intricate patterned and chequerboard floor tiles, from slate slabs to luxurious, deep pile rugs, the Victorian era (1837 to 1901)took in many different styles, looks and themes.
From the over-the-top style of the Gothic revival, through to the more simplistic lines of the Arts and Crafts movement, the period lends itself well to providing inspiration for most homes.
If you are not looking to create an authentic reproduction – or if you live in a modern house – take from the era the aspects you find aesthetically pleasing – painted floorboards, for example, or the clean, minimalist appeal of a slate floor.
Edwardian: Quarry tiles, floor bricks and well polished wood block flooring will all fit wonderfully with the period.
And if you live in an Edwardian property, check under your carpets – who knows what restoration project awaits you under all those years of underlay!
Whatever the period of your home, let your own sense of style shine through with your own personal choice of interior design – remember your home is your own, special place to relax and enjoy – not a museum or public building – and let period style enhance your life there, rather than rule it!