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Listed Building Interior Design Advice

posted in Wallpaper by DFAO on 11:37 Jan 23rd, 2015

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If you’re one of the 450,000 owners of a listed building in Britain, then congratulations, you’re not only the owner of your home, but the owner of a piece of our national heritage. However, with all the restrictions on Grade II (‘special interest’), grade II* (‘more than special interest’) and Grade I (‘exceptional interest’) listed buildings, it can be remarkably difficult to know where you stand. Carrying out unauthorized alterations to a listed building (both the exterior and interior) is a criminal offence, after all. Read these expert tips from interior designers in Surrey, DFAO before you start decorating!

Decorating Your Listed Home

Listed buildings are recognised to be of special interest either architecturally or historically. Objects and structures fixed to the inside and outside of the building will be protected by law. Therefore, if you live in a listed building, don’t expect to obtain consent for everything you want to do. You’ll want to keep the character of the building intact and protect its special features, but with enough forethought, planning and care, you may be lucky enough to obtain consent for alterations you want to carry out.

  • Plan - Use décor magazines, exhibitions, auctions, galleries and stores to inspire your interior design. Gather together samples of fabrics and wallpapers clippings, carpets and flooring to help you visualise each room. Sketch out areas of your new design to help you review your ideas. You may need these to receive consent too.
  • Furniture - Before choosing furniture and furnishing items for your design, research your building, its history and its setting. Learning about the building’s design, materials and purpose over the years will give you a starting point for your interior design. Embracing your homes design and choosing furniture to compliment it will make each room feel more welcoming. Remember that replacement of certain historic features and fabric may need consent however. If you are unable to upholster sofas and other furniture, consider luxury throws with patterns and colours that you love that will compliment the structural interior of your home and make it feel cozier.
  • Damaged Areas – You are responsible for maintaining your property. It’s always best to try to repair damaged special features rather than replace them, so before you redecorate, organise any outstanding repairs first. Remember to talk to your local conservation officer to check if you need consent for any of the works you plan to carry out.
  • Painting - Internal painting and decorating generally don’t need consent, unless a historic scheme of decoration would be affected, but any external painting may require consent as it could affect the character of the listed building. The general rule of thumb is to choose colours than are in keeping with the time period, though you may be able to use modern colours.

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