A common architectural style seen all over New England and beyond, the Georgian Revival home was popularized during the 18th and 19th centuries. This icon home design is characterized by detailed facades and elaborate door openings, and the name was derived from a line of English kings named George between 1714 and 1830. The basic design principles of Georgian architecture are based on the proportions of Roman ruins, which emphasizes order, classicism and symmetry.
The original Georgian style seen mainly in homes on the eastern seaboard feature symmetrically placed windows and rooms, high decorative ceilings and a raised foundation. Eventually, the American Federal style emerged, which saw a massive dwindling of Georgian architecture. However, during the early 1900s, another Georgian Revival trend began in Vermont and continued into the 1950s.
Georgian Revival homes are smaller and have modest details more suitable for new real estate developments. Georgian Revival rooms often feature paneled walls and deep, wide, painted moldings. Door and window trims are often simple, but stained woodwork and ceiling beams add a relaxing yet stylish feel. Traditional Georgian furnishings include wing chairs, oriental rugs, damask fabrics, ceramic tiles and rich drapes.
Today, many of the old Georgian Revival homes have been destroyed to make way for new developments, but some Northeastern cities still boast some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in existence. At Gabby, one of our specialties is blending old and new aesthetics, so we have some ideas on how you can update your Georgian Revival.
Craftsmen in the Georgian Revival period celebrated heavy, sturdy dimensions with imposing ornamentation. To modernize a Georgian dining room, consider a stunning piece like our Lydia Chair. While this sturdy piece is crafted out of solid oak, its true appeal is in its beautifully carved back and gently flared legs.
Create effortless Georgian Revival style with our Sienna Chandelier. Finished in antique brass, this chandelier is perfect for modern Georgian Revival homes. This piece’s brilliant curves make it a perfect addition to any room.
Don’t be afraid to step outside the box! The Gertrude Chevron Chest features a herringbone pattern on the drawer fronts. The gorgeous woodwork makes this unique, transitional piece ideal for a New England Georgian Revival home.