A Brief History
The Edwardian period began when Edward VII took to the throne after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, and it brought with it an uplifted sense of design. Influenced by the arts and crafts movement, the interior and exterior of Edwardian properties upheld a classical and decorative aesthetic, much lighter than the previous Victorian period.
Inspired by Tudor timber-framed buildings, houses often mirrored the timeless design. Set back from the road to preserve privacy, properties had wider front entrances with decorative porches that are distinctive to the Edwardian period. Front doors focused on simple elegance, and regularly had side-windows with etched or coloured glass that not only allowed more light to flow into the home but continued to maintain homeowner’s privacy.
Following the Victorian style, Edwardian doors were panelled but had raised mouldings to deepen the appearance, a characteristic that is synonymous with the period. During this period the general rule was the more decorative the door, the grander the house which was exemplified through the popular engraved glazing. Consider one of our doors with Bolection moulding that mimics this classic architrave detail.
The enduring design and style of Edwardian doors makes them a desirable asset for homeowners. Their classic aesthetic are naturally suited to suburban homes, but the design can be tailored to suit the surroundings making it ideal for country and manor houses.
Our Edwardian doors are designed to the periodic character but manufactured to the modern day security standards. Each door is hung on robust hinges and fitted with high-security, multipoint locking systems that abide by Association of British Insurance Approved security standards.
Normally, front doors were painted red or green in Edwardian times, however we have over 500 colours to choose from, tailoring each door to suit both your property and requirements. By this period, homeowners no longer had maids to polish the brass door furniture, so it wasn’t unusual for door hardware to be finished with a maintenance-free black or bronze coating. Our partnership with Samuel Heath enables you to add knockers, letter boxes, numerals and more to complete the finished look.
Thinking about Edwardian style doors for your home? Get in touch with our team today or download our inspirations booklet below.