Whether you’re a fan of period dramas or not, you’d have been hard-pressed to let Bridgerton pass you by when it hit our screens in December 2020. The Netflix show, inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels, was the most-watched series when it premiered and is set to return for a second series this spring.
The show follows the lives of the Bridgerton siblings – Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth – as they navigate London high society during the Regency era, with Lady Whistledown the unseen author of the scandalous tittle-tattle Society Pages newsletter.
Bridgerton attracted a legion of loyal fans who fell for the charms of the dashing Duke of Hastings as he courted the eldest daughter, Daphne. It also spawned a resurgence in Regency-style decor and sparked the Regencycore trend that continues to influence the world of interiors.
With Bridgerton returning to Netflix on Friday 25 March 2022, we’re throwing the spotlight on Regencycore and showing you how to add a bit of historical glamour to your home.
The inspiration behind the trend
Regencycore, the regal relative of cottagecore, reimagines the decadent looks that were characteristic of this period – think elegant drapery, lashings of colour, luxurious fabrics, decorative gold accessories, ornate patterns and panelling.
Choosing Regency-style furniture
Shay bed | Shay blanket box | Shay bedside table | Shay chest of drawers
Furniture in this period was neo-classical in style and heavily influenced by discoveries made during travels across Europe and beyond. Symmetry, both in terms of design and room layout, was a key characteristic of the Regency era, with painted furniture also popular during this time.
Elegant scroll arms were often seen on chairs, chaises and formal-style seating, with our Montgomery sofas the perfect way to introduce these subtle and beautiful curves into your own living space. The use of dark woods in furniture also gained momentum during the Regency period, with the delicate turned feet of our Montgomery tapping into this aesthetic.
Adding Regency colours to your home
Hampstead sofa | @victorianvillabythesea
From muted pastel tones to radiant shades, colour was a key feature of the Regency period, and while white was a popular choice for clothing, yellow, green, pink, blue and purples were also shades that were seen in both interior and fashion design.
The Bridgerton family’s signature colour is Wedgewood Blue, an iconic and understated heritage shade that takes its name from the 18th century pottery brand. This beautiful colour is weaved into their gowns and the decor of the Bridgerton family home, and is often teamed with delicate golds.
The Featherington family’s style is much more flamboyant and their use of lime and olive greens reflects their vibrant household. Adding accessories, such as velvet cushions, in these colours is a subtle way to add a touch of Regency flair to your space without committing to painting the walls or replacing your sofa.
Shay bedside table | @athome_withwinston
Panelling was also a design feature that often appeared in properties during this time. If you don’t live in a period home that has original wall panels, you can easily recreate the look, with half walls particularly popular. Paint it in a different colour to make a focal point of the panelling, or go tonal for a more subtle take on the trend.
Picking Regency-style prints
Hove bedside table | @danielle.lisle_
Using prints and patterns on furniture upholstery, the walls and even decorative ornaments, was a popular design feature during Regency times. Patterned wallpaper, particularly damask and floral motifs, was used to add an extra dimension of elegance to rooms. For a contemporary take on this, choose a modern black and white palette that references botanical design.
Parquet double bed | @houseofjackandboo
Another nice way to introduce Regency-style details to your home is through artwork. Choose botanical or floral prints in similar colourways, and for maximum impact group together to really make a feature of the space.
We hope you have picked up some ideas for adding a touch of Regencycore to your home. Make sure to tag us at #OakFurnitureland on Instagram as we’d love to see your style.
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