Transforming a Period Property in London

Transforming a Period Property in London

London, a city steeped in history, is adorned with magnificent period properties that tell stories of the past. 

 This is one of the best locations in the UK for those looking to buy a period home, from Victorian townhouses to Georgian mansions, these architectural gems are a testament to the city’s rich heritage. 

Plaster Ceiling Roses specialise in supplying handmade gypsum coving, ceiling roses, and timber mouldings, so If you’re looking for ways to incorporate the historic elements of your home in order to preserve its character and originality, look no further.

Let us be your partner in transforming your period property into a captivating masterpiece. Explore our period designs and embark on a journey that celebrates the history and beauty of your home. 


Types of Period Properties in London

Victorian Properties:

Victorian properties in London have a special place in the city’s architectural history. Built during Queen Victoria’s reign from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, these homes are known for their intricate details, larger room sizes, high ceilings, and solid construction.

They’re incredibly popular because of their timeless style and the grandeur they exude. Coving plays a significant role in enhancing the beauty of these properties. It complements the high ceilings and elaborate cornices.

By incorporating coving, Victorian properties can preserve their historical charm while adding a contemporary touch to the interior design. It’s the perfect blend of old and new.

Remember to always be sympathetic to a property’s history and try to restore or replace original Victorian features like ceramic tiles, fireplaces, skirting boards ceiling roses and cornices.

Our products are perfect for Victorian projects due to them being handmade using traditional methods using the finest gypsum. We pride ourselves on using the highest of quality. 

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When it comes to painting, go for heritage colours like rich blues and greens on your walls and ceilings, and don’t forget to paint your coving and roses too. Paint company ‘Littlegreene’ have a ‘Colours Of England’ collection featuring over 50 colours which have been accurately recreated from paint analysis in historic properties through the key ages of interior design, from the Georgian period right up to the 1970s. It is often the case that the oldest shades are the most popular and timeless colours!

 Edwardian Properties:

Edwardian properties emerged during the reign of King Edward VII, from 1901 to 1910. These homes are known for their elegant simplicity and a blend of architectural styles, including Arts and Crafts, Neo-Georgian, and Queen Anne. As London expanded and new suburbs were developed, Edwardian properties gained popularity.

Adding coving to these homes can enhance their architectural features and add character. Whether you prefer a simple and understated coving design or a more intricate and decorative option, our coving can elevate the overall aesthetic of Edwardian properties.


When renovating an Edwardian property, try to restore or replace original features like parquet flooring, cornices and ceiling roses. Use colours that enhance the open feel of Edwardian rooms.

‘Dulux’ have curated their most luxurious and rich paint colours yet, naming it the Heritage Collection. Developed in consultation with world-renowned colour Historian and paint analyst, Patrick Baty, the collection was underpinned by scientific analysis of historical colours, and inspired by periods of historical significance between 1714-1939. Using this paint on our coving will give a luxurious finish, and is a dream to apply!


Georgian Properties:

Georgian properties in London are known for their elegance and refinement. Dating back to the 18th century, these homes feature symmetrical facades, sash windows, and classical proportions, making them highly sought after for their timeless beauty.

Homeowners can enhance the authenticity of their Georgian homes by using coving to accentuate the classical features and add a touch of grandeur.

Coving emphasises high ceilings, creates visual interest, and contributes to the overall elegance of the interior spaces. It’s a perfect way to elevate the charm of your Georgian property.


When renovating a Georgian home, try to restore traditional sash windows and other features like cornices,roses and corbels. Make the most of high ceilings and wide hallways. 

Many Georgian houses can benefit from simple, pared-back detailing. Architects from this period experimented with a wide range of styles, including Egyptian, Indo-Chinese and heavy Greek. This style works well today mixed with Art Deco pieces and well-proportioned simple furniture.

LittleGreene have a ‘Georgian’ range of paints, these late 18th-century colours typified by the mineral and charcoal colours, remain as classics and yet are still in very popular use today. Amongst them are Lead Colour, Whitening and Pearl Colour.

We stock a fine range of Georgian plaster coving and cornice styles (in various sizes) that reflect the spirit of the period. 

Restoring Period Properties in London

Restoring a period property in London is a journey that combines preservation, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. It’s about honouring the rich history and architectural heritage while creating a space that meets modern needs. From retaining the period style to enhancing the exterior walls, every step in the restoration process plays a crucial role.


One of the key elements in restoring a period property is retaining its original style with authentic pieces that match the era of the property. This could include finding period-specific doors, ceiling roses, fireplaces, coving, and window frames.

These features not only add charm but also contribute to the overall aesthetic of the property.Choosing era-specific paint colours is another crucial step in the restoration process.

It involves researching the historical colour palettes of the era and selecting hues that complement the period style. This attention to detail brings authenticity and a sense of timelessness to the property.Restoring a period property in London is a labour of love that requires a deep appreciation for its history and architectural significance.

By carefully preserving and enhancing period features such as coving, ceiling roses, and high skirting boards, you can create a space that seamlessly blends the past with the present. It’s a journey that not only brings out the true beauty of the property but also allows you to be a steward of its timeless legacy.


Benefits of using Plaster Coving, Cornice & Ceiling Roses

Using gypsum plaster coving, cornice, and ceiling roses in a period home brings numerous benefits, both in terms of aesthetics and property value. These decorative elements enhance the overall visual appeal of the space, they complement the architectural style and the intricate designs and craftsmanship of our plaster coving, and ceiling roses create a sense of grandeur and authenticity. 


If you struggle to decide which coving style best suits your period home you will find our website very easy to navigate - it categorises our coving and roses in period style. We also have a ‘sample service’ to help you make the perfect choice. 

All our coving and ceiling roses are carried in stock and we are able to offer fast delivery, using our own fleet of livery throughout the Greater London area. We also have a list of experienced installers should you require a ‘Fibrehand’, please contact us and we will put you in touch with a professional who works in your area. Phone us directly on 0204 538 7491. Alternatively you can email us directly at

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