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The monarchy of Queen Victoria in Great Britain and Ireland from 1830 to 1901 birthed the Victorian epoch with its Romantic perspectives, and ironically, stifling morality. The following nine years undid those 71 years when her son, King Edward VII, took over in 1901 until his death in 1910. Although taking root in the final Victorian decade, art nouveau was the most authentic Edwardian style. In architecture and design, it focused on naturally curved and linear forms such as floral designs. Many Edwardian floor tiles retained mosaic and geometric patterns, a Victorian trend, but in a more streamlined fashion and with lighter coloration.

Gone were the bright tints that pervaded printing and Victorian majolica, and in their place, earthy and woodsy hues plus pastels. Monotone or multi-colored, antique copper mosaic tiles on were dressed in dull colors, only ever glazed for hearts. Pastel linoleum rested on Edwardian floors in affluent abodes, and terra cotta or hardwood otherwise. Pebble stone outdoor steps, perhaps with sheet metal, led to longer and wider portals that opened up to large Edwardian houses on the extensive property. Classic Victorian houses had confined doorways and vestibules in comparison. Housemaids became a thing of the past, homeowners favoring self-cleaning door handles, house numbers and accessories with leather, iron or black refinishing as opposed to copper alloys such as bronze and brass.

Pre-war colonial, Federation and Heritage architecture were present in English and American homes from 1901 to 1918. Floors were necessary for footpaths, entrance halls, outdoor rooms such as verandas whereas muted and fuss-free in bathrooms and kitchens. Light bamboo and wicker furniture, fretwork, rugs instead of carpets, nickel plating on taps and other fixtures conspired to radiate a fresh, buoyant ambiance. Compared to the standard 8 inches these days, authentic antique Edwardian tiles were 6 inches in length and mostly tessellated. Bullnose Edwardian tiles for decorative use on floors and walls had transfer prints or embossing.

Neoclassical Georgian, Tudor and Elizabethan influences were pronounced on the Edwardian period along with the Arts and Crafts style since midway the Victorian era. Edwardian floor tiles were inspired by the Italian terrazzo, granite or marble chips grouted in concrete and polished to a smooth flooring. Current building materials include travertine, limestone, vitrified clay, terracotta, slate, unglazed stone, sandstone, marble, granite, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and quarry. For creating a classic Edwardian effect on restored Heritage and Federation homes, or a refashioned Edwardian impression for contemporary residences, pastel colors or a natural earthen surface would be perfect.

Though we are now living in a high-tech age, there is still an active interest in traditional styles and decor. An excellent example of this is the resurgence of interest for vintage bath accessories. Our washrooms are an operation of our homes that should give off a welcoming; you can create a feel reminiscent of age by investing in an old bath tub as well as traditional appliances and fittings.

Before you make any purchase or hire an interior designer, it is worthwhile to take a moment to explore what products are available that would help you to create the type of style that you desire. A themed washroom should have a natural feel. Therefore it is important to consider the overall decor rather than focusing on just one or two objects.

To start with you should consider the walls and flooring. For a serious look, you could choose antique copper mosaic tiles that were popular during the Victorian age. These would look great alongside a traditional flagstone floor. Think carefully about the color scheme, a hundred years ago blue, green, and beige would have adorned the bathrooms of the elite class.

It is possible to enhance the appearance of an old bathroom by choosing the right type of lighting. Consider installing bronze or copper light fixtures that would give off an antique feel. A porcelain faucet can be integrated into the design to add to the overall effect.

You may find it useful to browse a selection of websites that are dedicated to the era in which old bathtubs and accessories were the norms. By doing so, you will have a better understanding of what styles can best be adapted into your home's decor. By opting for the classic look, you may find that it adds greater value to your property.