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How to add some period charm to your property

Whether you live in a new build or an old build, period charm is something that many homeowners look for in their property.

So if your home didn’t come with any traditional features, here’s how you can create some character of your very own.


electric fireplaceNothing screams old-fashioned charisma more than a grand old fireplace, so if your living room is lacking a hearth, why not have one installed? Replica fireplaces are easy to get hold of and offer good value for money. If you don’t have a working chimney you could either install a wood burning stove or an electric fireplace for a great finish.


welcome-pictureWhen creating an interior design theme for your home, it’s easy to forget about your garden. However by including it in the design you can really emphasise your chosen look and create a fantastic outside space.

The most appropriate products and style will depend on the era that you’ve chosen for the rest of your home but kitchen gardens, ornaments and feature plants will all help your outside space look great. You can find plenty of garden tips online so it’s worth browsing these for inspiration wherever possible.

Front doors

vintage numberIf you currently have a nondescript, modern entranceway, the easiest way to give your front door a traditional twist is to replace it. You can either salvage an original door or have a modern replica installed. Once in place you can accessorise with an old-fashion knocker and vintage numbers.


cornicingOne of the best home decoration ideas for creating period charm is the addition of some cornicing. Strips of coving can now be purchased from most DIY shops so all you have to do is fix it to the ceiling and paint it to match the rest of your décor. You could also add a few mouldings or paint effects to make it more ornate.

If you want to go all out with your period decoration you can also buy replica ceiling roses which, like the cornicing, are easy to attach and create a fantastic feature.

Adding traditional charm to your property is a great way to make your house feel like a home whilst also adding character and value. Just a few alterations can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home, so if you’ve been inspired to travel back in time then now’s the perfect time to start decorating!

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