Brighton is one of the more affluent suburbs in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs. Residents are lucky to be close to the city while enjoying one of the best beach views in Australia.
There are a lot of modern homes in Brighton however, there are a few beautiful exceptions. Period homes in Brighton are becoming very rare so if you are living in one and are looking to update or renovate the interior, this article is for you.
We have come up with 5 interior design ideas perfect for your period home in Brighton.
1). Combine Modern Design Against Old Pieces
Just because you live in an older home does not mean the interior and everything in it has to be old too. For example, you can hang modern paintings and other ornamental pieces above your restored fireplace.
Or, you can hang pendant lighting fixtures to complement your wooden beams on the ceiling. This is a great way to accentuate interior architecture. Another way is to put fluffy white rugs against the original hardwood floors.
Mixing in some contemporary furniture is also another way to freshen up the home interior. Modern and old can work well if done right.
2). Go All White And White Hues
Use some beach vibes to bring your period property back to life. You are right by the beach after all! Going for that beachy feel does not always mean steering wheels from boats and lifesavers on the walls.
Bringing in white furniture or fluffy white pillows and carpets can do the trick. Play with the white colour. There are so many white hues that will make the home look vibrant and feel fresh – things you feel when you are at the beach.
3). Go With Small Splashes Of Colour
Choose your colour schemes carefully. For example, paint the walls and ceilings with neutral tones. This way you can play with splashes of colours with the furniture, decorations, accessories, appliances, and fixtures.
- Modern colourful paintings
- A brightly coloured ottoman
- Gold or bronze plumbing fixtures
- Black or bronze doorknobs and cabinet handles
The key is to keep the pops of colour scattered around the house in small doses. Keep the rest of the house neutral, maintain sleek and clean lines. By keeping it classy with the colours, you are maintaining the classic theme and period style of your home while elevating the aesthetics with modern touches and colours.
4). Add Cozy Touches To Soften Up The Space
Add modern and soft touches to your period home. Mix the old and the new and create a cosy ambience by adding the following accessories:
- Shag pile rugs
- Textured cushions
- Knitted blankets
- Snuggly pillows
- Fluffy footstools
5). Create A Modern Retro Wall
Decorate your walls with modern art. Go for the retro theme to get the right balance between modern and old. Introduce something unexpected or unusual in your living room or dining room through art like:
- Antique plates and vases
Important Interior Decorating Tips:
- Highlight your period home’s classic features instead of hiding or covering them up.
- Decorate to enhance the original features, not overpower them.
- Stick to neutral paint colours so you have more room to play with colours when it comes to furniture, fixtures, accessories, decorations, etc.
- Plan ahead.
- Consult professional designers and contractors during the planning stage. Period homes are harder to decorate and come with some interior design challenges, so it‘s better to do it with professionals who know what they are doing.
- Keep it classy and simple.
- Avoid imitation pieces.
- Set a budget and a reasonable timeframe.
The interior designing of a period home is challenging because you are not dealing with a clean slate. Most of the space, including the layout and furnishings, are outdated. Finding pieces to complement and enhance the classic design of the house can be tough.
Save time and money (and a major headache) by hiring interior design experts who can do the job right according to your preference and with fewer mistakes. Hire local companies who are not just experts in design but also experts when it comes to Brighton culture and style.
Interior design mistakes are costly. Make sure you do it right the first time. Do it with Bayside Extensions. Check out some of the projects and homes we have successfully remodelled and renovated.
Let us know your requirements. Share with us your vision and let us help you bring them to life. Schedule an appointment now for a free consultation. Let your period home stand out and be the envy of Brighton.
If you are planning any extensions and renovations on your period home in Brighton, please call us at Bayside Extensions today on 03 9596 0368 or leave an inquiry.