The Edwardian Look

How to recreate an Edwardian period look to your house; your period home needs to have its 21st century comforts, but you may like to have at least some rooms decorated and furnished in an Edwardian style.

Bricks & Brass has a lot of information to help you achieve the Edwardian look. Look in these sections:

Design by Style

This has an overview of Edwardian style, and a feature-by-feature description.

Design by Room

Visit the pages for each room and pick out the information for this period.

Design by Element

This has more detail than in Design by Style. Visit the pages for each element and pick out the information for this period.

Paint Colours

In Design by Element, this is a palette of typical Edwardian colours.


This section will tell you how to do many restoration tasks yourself.

Products and Services Directory

Look for the technical advice, architectural salvage, doors, tiles, glass, baths and paints that you need.

Basic Principles

In early Edwardian houses, and in all more modest homes, avoid bright white paint; instead use off-whites or pale creams. White enamel paints became available at this time but will have been more commonly used later in the period.

All woodwork in soft woods such as pine should be grained or else painted. Hardwoods such as oak or mahogany should be varnished or polished.

Edwardian dining room

Note the stencilled frieze, central carpet revealing dark stained boards at the edges, and the beamed ceiling.

Plaster and wood mouldings should be fairly simple in public rooms. Utility rooms such as kitchens do not need plaster coving.

Door furniture should be of black iron in country or 'Tudor' houses, or brass in others.

Use unfitted carpets and furniture.

Art Nouveau designs are appropriate for all uses.

Most Edwardian houses would have been furnished with some Victorian furniture, as well as contemporary pieces.