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A Guide To Period Lighting

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: April 2, 2014

In this article we are going to be looking at period lighting in relation to the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian monarchies. This is a very basic way to look at lighting styles over a period that covers three hundred years, but it’s very interesting to define what characteristics are related to each era.

However please bear in mind though that the examples below are not 100% definitive of each particular period. This article is more about looking at interesting fittings that are reminiscent in style of a given era.

Let's Take A Journey Back In Time

The Georgian Period (1714 – 1837)

This is the longest era covering over a hundred years and four kings named Georges (1st – 4th). A graceful and elegant period with a sense of refinement and in everything from clothes to interior design there was an emphasis on the importance of presentation.

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The Bailey Twin Wall Light will work well in a Georgian styled room. Its soft tone and simple ornate design makes it very reminiscent of the period. This type of fitting can help to give a room a sense of balance when installed in pairs or groups of four for the feeling of symmetry.

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If you are looking for something a little bit more eye-catching then the Katie 5 Light Chandelier is well presented with a sense of dignified grandeur. It’s easy to picture this wall light adorning a Georgian style dining room with pale blue walls and a large dark oak table.

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The Georgian style is fundamentally linked to the high quality and pride that was given to craftsmanship at the time. This spirit of the time is captured and recreated in the Woburn 3 Light Fitting Polished Chrome. The beautifully designed glass housing is a reference point to a time when this would have been a safety feature to cover a naked flame.


The Victorian Period (1837 – 1901)

This, of course, covers the reign of Queen Victoria; a time when fashion and design had many difference influences. There was a huge emphasis on decorative ornamentation often featuring animals and nature.

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If we are going to talk about this period in terms of lighting then we have to pay tribute to the classic Victorian street lamp. The Valencia Twin Post Lantern - Black is a perfect example of this style of lighting. This would be an excellent way to add a touch of Victorian refinement to your garden.



The Edwardian Period (1901 – 1910)

This is by far the shortest era but it’s by no means a footnote in history. This was a time of change and moving away from the Victorian style and embracing the early 20th Century. There was a greater emphasis on softer colours and a more light heated approach to design.

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The American Diner 3 Light Dual Mount would make a well suited centrepiece to a room that is going for an early 20th Century décor. This type of fitting would, of course, work beautifully in a dining room. However it’s also easy to picture this feature light in a conservatory above wicker furnishings surrounded by plant life.

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This period also had an emphasis on floral designs. The Lily 5 Light Fitting seems to capture the soft light elegance of the time in this floral themed ceiling light.




As always when considering different periods of style and design it’s important to note that there is always a great deal of overlap especially when it comes to something like lighting. We hope this look at lighting styles over the ages has helped you to clarify the type of theme you want to recreate in your home.

For more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.