5 reasons to have a decorative plaster ceiling rose in your period property

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Decorative plaster ceiling roses add authenticityLondon home used to illastrate decorative ceiling roses

Not having a decorative ceiling rose in a period property is a bit like having a Mercedes car without a badge, or a glass of wine in a plastic cup! ‘OK you would say that because you sell them’, I hear you say, but read on to let me explain why. Decorative Plaster ceiling roses have been used consistently for over four hundred in interior design from Tudor and Jacobean (although not many of us live in houses from this era) through to our beloved Grand Georgian and Regency dwellings and on to our wonderful and highly sought after Victorian and Edwardian town houses, all of these properties almost without exception would have had plaster roses added to them when they were built.

It just doesn’t feel right without one

If you have ever stepped into a house that has had it’s period features stripped away especially period houses with high ceilings you will immediately feel how empty the ceiling feels and how the ceiling space seems dead. When architects of the past designed houses they used decorative elements such as windows, ceiling roses, cornices and skirting in a holistic way that balanced and harmonised  the feel of the house not dissimilar to the ethos of fengshui, the goal of both classical architectural rules borrowed and adapted from the Greeks and the Romans which influenced the design of our period homes was in essence to create a sense of balance. If you remove ceiling roses you upset this balance.

Ceiling roses add value to your home

Ask any estate agent what buyers love about period property’s and you can bet with certainty that period features will be in the top three of their list. OK so ceiling roses will not add tens of thousands to the value but they will definitely give the property some soul. the first thing people do when they walk into a new room is look up and around the ceiling space. If ceiling roses are in place at least in important areas like entrance hallways, living rooms, dining rooms and main bedrooms, it implies to the potential buyer that the house has been maintained and well looked after over the years. When a house is presented to a buyer or renter unfurnished, the place can seem bare, ceiling roses and other features will give that extra wow factor and a grand feel, who wouldn’t want that?

Decorative ceiling roses compliment other featuresImage of plaster ceiling rose being brushed

Chandeliers, fireplaces and bay windows are wonderful but add an authentic ceiling rose to that mix then the room becomes amazing. there’s no better view than relaxing in a chesterfield sofa whilst looking at a sunny bay window at the other side of the room, a large mirror and period fireplace on one side that reflects the light into the room whilst a beautiful ceiling rose gives a backdrop to a chandelier above. i spoke earlier in this post about balance, and here’s a good example of what I mean in relation to other features in your room, starting from the floor you start with a rug, this then has a table placed on top continuing upwards you then have a centre piece to the table, normally a fruit bowl.  so its gone from wide to narrow creating a pyramid. The ceiling rose balances this by essentially mirroring the rug which leads the eye to the narrower chandelier or other light fitting which also forms an inverted pyramid.

The right ceiling rose makes you look smart in front of your guests!

Finally, if you have the right ceiling rose for the right era it allows you to show off your historical knowledge of our past interior design periods when your friends come over for dinner. ‘That’s a lovely ceiling rose *insert your name here*’, ‘yes because our home is the conservation area, I decided to make sure I gave a nod to the historical era of when it was built when I renovated it, as you can see the rose has Georgian elements that were typical of the day… etc,’. OK this last point is bit about vanity but it does highlight a less vein point which is that its worth getting a ceiling rose that suits the style of what would have been there originally. Plaster ceiling roses have been used for the last four hundred years and many decorative details such as egg and dart or dentils have been used throughout those periods to embellish the roses, but during certain periods there were elements that became typical of that era, for example a Victorian ceiling rose found in a dining room would often be embellished with fruit. During the Edwardian era, swags derived from the “Adam” period would often be blended with rugged Georgian details.

 

Posted in Ceiling Rose, Georgian, Restoration, Victorian

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