Victorian properties are among the most beautiful examples of architecture in the UK. Well proportioned and originally completed with sash windows, cornicing, ceiling roses, fireplaces and panelling, Victorian houses are traditionally full of character and charm. Over the years though, many have been stripped of their original features, removing most of the details that makes a Victorian home beautiful.
One of the easiest and most impactful features that you can restore is the panelling. Read on to find out more about renovating a Victorian house with half wall panelling…
Panelling in Victorian Properties…
Beginning in 1837 and ending in 1901, during the Victorian era there was a huge boom in the number of houses being built in Britain. While wall panelling was not new to Victorian properties, it did become even more popular during this time, which is why it’s often considered a Victorian feature.
Typical Victorian panelling was up to the middle of the wall, or half wall panelling, rather than floor to ceiling panelling. It was capped off with a dado rail, which was added to protect the walls from chair backs.
Victorian interiors were often busy, with lots of textures, different fabrics, patterns and rich colours. Today Victorian properties can easily be adapted to suit more contemporary styles, and often are one of the best styles of period houses to create a modern look.
Adding Half Wall Panelling to Your Victorian Home…
When it comes to reinstating panelling in your home, it’s best to opt for half wall panelling, as this is the style that would have been originally installed in the property (if any). When renovating a Victorian house, it’s important to be sympathetic to the age of the building, but also keep in mind that this type of property will also suit more modern styles too.
Wall panels laid out to create rectangles or squares were the most popular styles in Victorian properties. You can use our wall panelling kit creator to achieve this style. If you are going for half wall panelling, simply measure vertically to the height that you want the panelling to finish at, and horizontally across the width of your wall. Put these numbers into our calculator and we will provide an instant quote. This makes designing and making your panelling easy, as you will receive all of the panels that you need cut to size, and primed (which is free with our panelling kits), ready to be installed in your home.
Reintroducing panelling to your Victorian property is a great way to restore the original character and charm. Panelling was traditionally mostly found in hallways, reception rooms and bedrooms, but it also looks great in bathrooms and kitchens too – really, it can work anywhere in Victorian homes. To get started, head over to our panelling kit creator now.