Bridgerton Inspired Interior Decor | How to Add Some of that Bridgerton Beauty into Your Modern Home


Oh Bridgerton. A bright shining light in the otherwise strange times over the past few years. With Season 2 just released it has been the perfect opportunity once more to grab hold of the beauty of Regency Interiors and to delve head first into a beautiful world of escapism and romance. And delve in I did. And upon resurfacing from Season 2 (Oh Lordy what a treat!) I find myself even more enamored with the escapism of Bridgerton; the costumes, the set, the storyline… but most of all the delicious décor.


The Bridgerton's home. Wisteria gracefully climbing the exterior of this Georgian period home.
The Bridgerton's London home. Photo Courtesy of Netflix

Oh that swoonworthy wisteria! I find myself scouring charity shops on the hunt for vintage artwork in gilt frames and wondering how much of my home I can get away with panelling. I find myself dreaming of an old period home deep in the country, taking my tea on the veranda surrounded by wisteria and admiring the views over my symmetrical and beautifully tended garden… but back to my more modern home- is there any way I can achieve that Regency look? Surely I wasn’t the only one to question 5 years ago, when panelling for modern homes first made an appearance, whether it just wasn’t in keeping with my modern home? Fast forward to 2022 and the Regency look is growing in popularity (largely due to Bridgerton gracing our screens). If anyone's in the same boat as me with their wistful Georgian dreams then you've come to the right place! Here are a few different ways you can incorporate some of that timeless elegant style in your home, however modern it may be.

Bridgerton inspired moodboard by Bamboo Interior Design, Interior Design Studio in Stamford, UK.
Bridgerton inspired moodboard | Bamboo Interior Design


First of all, a bit of background... Georgian architecture and décor was based on classical elegance and opulence. The Georgians favoured symmetry which is why pillars on the façade of Georgian buildings are so reminiscent of that era.


Lady Danbury's House from the Netflix Series Bridgerton. A true depiction of Georgian Architecture. The building is actually Holburne Museum in Bath.
Lady Danbury's House- a true depiction of Georgian Architecture. The building is actually Holburne Museum in Bath. Image credit Bath UK Tourism Office Website

Lady Danbury's Ball. Location: Syon Park Conservatory. Photo credit Netflix.
Lady Danbury's Ball. Location: Syon Park Conservatory. Photo credit Netflix.

Decor during the Victorian period had been dark and oppressive … enter the Regency era with its high ceilings and fresh, airy décor which is much more favoured in modern interior design currently.


The Bridgerton's Salon. This is actually a grand entrance hall at the Royal Air Force Halton. Image Credit Neflix.
The Bridgerton's Salon. The chandelier, parquet flooring, plaster work and rich furnishings all contribute to the opulence of the space. The real life location is a grand entrance hall at the Royal Air Force Halton. Image Credit Neflix.

So where to begin introducing some of that Bridgerton style in to your home…


Panelling


Panelling has grown hugely in popularity over the past few years and well it might! It adds depth to a room and makes a feature of the walls whilst keeping that classic feel and not being too busy. It is the epitomy of classic, understated elegance.


Nature inspired wallpaper complements the sage green panelling beautifully in this bathroom. The symmetry of the brass wall lights adds a real Regency feel to the decor.
Nature inspired wallpaper complements the sage green panelling beautifully in this bathroom. The symmetry of the brass wall lights adds a real Regency feel to the decor.


Yellow panelling with a blue regency wallpaper and chandelier. Bathroom panelling
Photo credit The English Panelling Company

If you fancy a complete DIY project for your panelling then have a read of my blog on DIY Bedroom Wall Panelling where I share a tutorial on how I panelled the back wall of my master bedroom. However, if you’re wanting ready made and more intricate panelling then The English Panelling Company provide very lovely, ready made panelling. You can shop by style and era and select appropriate dado rails and accessories too. My favourite is their half height Georgian panelling which I have plans to put in our guest room when we come round to decorating. One of the reasons I love half height panelling is that it’s a glorious excuse to add some pattern on the wall above which leads me nicely on to…


Wallpaper


Regency wallpaper has a beautiful antique feel to it with its symmetry and repeating patterns. Wallpapering above half height panelling looks elegant and adds a real touch of class to a room. It can look incredibly stylish if the paintwork of the panelling picks out an accent colour of the wallpaper above. *Chefs kiss*


The matching William Morris print wallpaper and bedding, the pink Georgian panelling, the brass wall lights... I love everything about this stunning little girl's room design. Image credit Instagram @simplyscandikatie
The matching William Morris print wallpaper and bedding, the pink Georgian panelling, the brass wall lights... I love everything about this stunning little girl's room design. Image credit Instagram @simplyscandikatie

Wallpaper in its own right looks beautiful too. Some of the most timeless wallpaper suppliers include the classic William Morris wallpaper or Little Greene which draws its designs from the English Heritage archives. John Lewis also have an absolute plethora or stunning designs from the most popular suppliers.


William Morris Wallpaper above dado rail. The green in the wallpaper is picked out beautifully by the green of the lower part of the wall. Image credit House & Garden. Hallway landing. Stairway decorated with William Morris wallpaper.
William Morris Wallpaper above dado rail. The green in the wallpaper is picked out beautifully by the green of the lower part of the wall. Image credit House & Garden

William Morris Wallpaper with dark wooden furniture
William Morris Wallpaper

It’s also now easier than ever to wallpaper with removable peel and sick wallpapers on the market such as Livette's Wallpaper. There are many different colour ways available in her papers too which makes them super versatile.


Panelling wallpaper is also available too if DIY is just not your thing! I must admit the jury’s still out for me on how I feel about this! Have a look and see for yourself here if you're interested - I'd love to know what you think.


Artwork


Let's talk Bridgerton inspired artwork... Thanks to Netflix, vintage artwork is making a real come back at the moment. Those dusty, gold framed dark prints which used to seem dated and old fashioned are now making their way back to pride of place and I can't get my hands on them quickly enough!


The set for Lady Danbury's drawing room. Pink and green with accents of gold...and that chandelier.. glorious!  Image credit Architectural Digest
The set for Lady Danbury's drawing room. Imagine sitting down to afternoon tea here- yes please! Pink and green with accents of gold...and that chandelier.. glorious! Image credit Architectural Digest

The Duke and Duchess from Series 1. Image credit Netflix
The Duke and Duchess from Series 1. Image credit Netflix

And the best place to find them? Charity shops, vintage fayres or antique shops! I have literally become obsessed with charity shops recently for sourcing vintage artwork. I have two days off a week to spend with my little boys and we love nothing more at the moment than a mooch in to our local town and a bit of a charity shop explore followed by a takeaway coffee (providing the proverbial hasn’t hit the fan which is more than possible with two under 5s!... But that's not very Bridgerton is it- I digress). We pack up the pram and off we go in search of the latest old fashioned print in a dusty frame just ready to be given new life. Last week I picked up a beautiful sketch of our town’s church in a thin dark wooden frame with some gold edging. I love the history of it and that somebody carefully sketched it out, got it framed then enjoyed having the fruits of their labour on display in their home.


Aside from a charity shop haul there are many places which sell aged looking artwork. Musee Home specialise in prints of vintage fine art and one of the best things about their prints is that they don’t need a frame as they're mounted on art board so can be propped up on a shelf. I’ve popped a few of my favourites of their prints below.



If you are looking for affordable frames Amazon actually do some really lovely ones. I can recommend this one which arrived recently and I've been impressed with. I removed the perspex sheet it came with to make it look more like a painting.


Hudson Home also do some stunning Oleography canvases which have a real vintage feel.

Hudson Home Oleography The Bure in Norfolk
Oleography prints give a real vintage feel

Northprints on Etsy also have a fab selection of digital prints which you can get printed in whatever size you need at The Print Space.


For vintage gallery wall inspiration and to see a perfect example of a modern home turned vintage visit Arthty's home on Instagram @av.home.




Flowers and Gardening


I definitely wasn't going to manage to write a Bridgerton inspired blog without talking about the flowers and stunning gardens! Hydrangea, wisteria, lilacs (don’t talk about the lilacs!!)... Bridgerton was an absolute feast for the horticulture lover. The series just wouldn't have been the same without the beautiful floral displays so if you're hoping to achieve the look then get your hands on some beaut blooms for both inside the house and the garden too!


A Bridgerton inspired house front in London by @londonispink on Instagram
A Bridgerton inspired house front in London by @londonispink on Instagram

A Georgian inspired garden with buxus standards, white flowers and plenty of greenery
A Georgian inspired garden with buxus standards, white flowers and plenty of greenery

Bridgerton Series 1. Image credit Netflix.
Bridgerton Series 1. Image credit Netflix.

The floral displays in the series were out of this world. So many stunning arrangements. Image credit Netflix.
The floral displays in the series were out of this world. There were so many stunning arrangements including these ones which were featured at The Bridgerton ball. Daphne pursuaded Lady Bridgerton to go for more lilac to represent romance. Image credit Netflix.

Behind the scenes photography on the set of Bridgerton. White hydrangea, roses and trailing blossom make up this showstopper of a floral display. Image credit Netflix.
Behind the scenes photography on the set of Bridgerton. White hydrangea, roses and trailing blossom make up this showstopper of a floral display. Image credit Netflix.

I love this behind the scenes photography of a floral arrangement from the series. Apparently all the flowers were fake so as to avoid them wilting during filming. Faux flowers are no longer the plastic fake flowers of the 90s but stunning creations which make it hard sometimes to distinguish between real and faux. My favourite place for faux blooms is Amaranthine Blooms. They are utterly beautiful and incredibly realistic. They can even be put in water to make them look even more convincing!



A Historic Georgian Revival Garden. Image credit Old House Journal
A Historic Georgian Revival Garden. Image credit Old House Journal

Georgian gardens used symmetry to create a classic, tidy look with hedges, buxus and well kept shrubbery. When recreating this traditional look aim to replicate this with pots, small pathways and arches.

Standard buxus in symmetrical pots, neutral grey and symmetrical outdoor lighting create a beautiful entryway.
Standard buxus in symmetrical pots, neutral grey and symmetrical outdoor lighting create a beautiful entryway.

Lavender lines the pathway of this Georgian cottage for a sensory experience as you approach. Image credit Real Homes.
Lavender lines the pathway of this Georgian cottage for a sensory experience as you approach. Image credit Real Homes.

English Heritage Pottery displays English garden flowers. Image credit Real Homes
English Heritage Pottery displays English garden flowers. Image credit Real Homes

Garden pots are a great way of giving your garden a classic traditional vibe. I recommend Heritage Garden Pottery for quality pots in neutral colours.


Lighting


Georgian lighting was opulent (of course it was!) And Bridgerton did not disappoint in reflecting this (pun totally intended!) So many of the scenes were beautifully lit with gentle candlelight, dimmed brass wall lighting and twinkling chandeliers.


An opulent glass and brass chandelier and brass candelabra provide the backdrop for this regal picture of Queen Charlotte
An opulent glass and brass chandelier and brass candelabra provide the backdrop for this regal picture of Queen Charlotte

The Banqueting Room at the Guildhall in Bath was used for Ballroom scenes in Bridgerton Season 2. Photo credit Visit Bath
The Banqueting Room at the Guildhall in Bath was used for Ballroom scenes in Bridgerton Season 2. Photo credit Visit Bath


Twinkling lights, green foliage and macarons to set the scene.. what could be better! Bridgerton Season 1. Photo credit Netflix
Twinkling lights, green foliage and macarons to set the scene.. what could be better! Bridgerton Season 1. Photo credit Netflix

Fairy lights work well to recreate the soft, romantic lighting vibes of the Regency era.


Twinkling lights provide the backdrop for so many romantic scenes in the series. Photo credit The Bridgerton Observatory
Twinkling lights provide the backdrop for so many romantic scenes in the series. Photo credit The Bridgerton Observatory

Find a Georgian inspired chandelier here from Laura Ashley at John Lewis. Pooky Lights also provide gorgeous modern lights with an antique twist.


Elbow wall lights with Pumpkin shades by Pooky Lights. Image credit Instagram @snookphotograph Design credit Instagram @blankslatestudio
Elbow wall lights with Pumpkin shades by Pooky Lights. Image credit Instagram @snookphotograph Design credit Instagram @blankslatestudio


Bracken candle holder by Pooky Lights against William Morris wallpaper. Photo credit Instagram @marieadturner
Bracken candle holder by Pooky Lights against William Morris wallpaper. Photo credit Instagram @marieadturner

Vintage Style Furniture


Georgian furniture focused on a dainty structure. Velvet was a popular fabric as were button back styles for chairs and sofas. Daphne's bedroom below shows a mix of dark and white washed bedroom furniture with heavy drapes at the windows as well as for the bed dressing. Monochromatic colour schemes, using tones of the same colour in one space, here blue, was a popular design style of the era.

Daphne's Bedroom Bridgerton Series 1. Panelling, regency wallpaper, and heavy draped curtains epitomise the Georgian style. Photo credit Netflix
Daphne's Bedroom Bridgerton Series 1. Panelling, regency wallpaper, and heavy draped curtains epitomise the Georgian style. Photo credit Netflix

Moodboard for Daphne's bedroom. Photo credit Netflix
Moodboard for Daphne's bedroom. Photo credit Netflix

A pastel pink and green boudoir from Bridgerton Season 2
A pastel pink and green boudoir from Bridgerton Season 2. Image credit Netflix

Instead of heavy drapery, interior styles now tend to favour more minimalist looks. The Georgian vibe is still chanelled through many pieces of rmodern popular furniture though such as this Camille Limewashed Oak bed with its upholstered button back headboard.


Camille Limewashed Oak Bed- The Cotswold Company
Camille Limewashed Oak Bed- The Cotswold Company

Here are some more modern schemes inspired by Georgian style....


A modern Georgian inspired bedroom with four poster bed. Design and Photo credit James Michael Howard
A modern Georgian inspired bedroom with four poster bed. Design and Photo credit James Michael Howard

Modern Georgian front room style. Chandelier and mantlepiece. A neutral take on regency style. Photo credit Pinterest / Lucy Bishop
A neutral take on regency style. Photo credit Pinterest / Lucy Bishop

A neutral take on regency style. Photo credit Pinterest / Lucy Bishop
This modern set up channels Georgian symmetry giving a classic and formal feel to the space. Photo credit Homes & Gardens

A pastel colour palette with gilt details, wooden flooring and high ceilings give a Georgian feel to this modern space.Image credit: Real Homes
A pastel colour palette with gilt details, wooden flooring and high ceilings give a Georgian feel to this modern space.Image credit: Real Homes

So there you have it... some ideas to introduce some understated elegance to your modern home. As always, if you enjoyed reading this I'd love to hear from you. Keep well, Kate x

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