Architectural Styles in London
Houses in London have a combination of styles, predominantly based around period properties, Victorian terraces and Edwardian style houses.
Key features of Georgian houses include high ceilings that create large windows downstairs with smaller windows on the upper floors. Georgian windows are double-hung sash windows featuring nine or twelve panes of glass and six panes on the upper floors. Front doors are usually a six-panel door with fanlight windows above and sometimes framed with columns.
For Georgian properties we recommend:
Windows: Wooden sash windows with traditional Georgian bars, in white.
Door: Six panel wooden door with traditional furniture, in dark colours such as black, dark blue or red.
The signature of the Victorian terrace is the bay window on the downstairs living room that features wooden sash windows. Over time, many of these windows have been replaced by cheaper uPVC casement windows and the elegant finish of the original sash has been lost.
Victorian front doors are brightly coloured timber panel doors with glazed upper panels featuring stained glass.
For Victorian properties, we recommend:
Windows: Sash windows in timber or UPVC, in white.
Doors: Wooden panel door with glazed upper panels and stained glass, in bright colours such as red, royal blue or grass green.
Edwardian houses have bay windows that run through from the lower to the upper floor. The bays feature multifaceted windows and the upper half of the window has a Georgian bar decoration.
Edwardian front doors feature wooden panel doors with ornate glazed panels. Framing the door are side windows with stained glass and a fanlight or transom window above.
For Edwardian properties, we recommend:
Windows: uPVC or timber casement windows in white or black.
Door: Timber or composite panel door with glazed panels and decorative glass. Traditional colours are popular for Edwardian front doors such as white, black, brown and blue, or a natural varnished timber finish.