BRISTOL INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
Steeped in history that covers an eclectic mix of architectural styles from medieval to beyond, Bristol is a showcase for anyone wanting to study Georgian interior design in Bristol over the centuries.
The Georgian period (1720-1840) is perhaps the most notable, with some key architects and builders working in Bristol putting up many new buildings that reflected the prosperous economic climate. James Bridges was one such architect and civil engineer living in Bristol between 1757-1763. He designed the The Royal Fort House in Tyndalls Park, with his characteristic eye for detail, it still stands today as part of Bristol University, though originally was built as a mansion for a merchant banker. He also played a part in the restoration of Bristol Bridge, as during that era the exciting medieval structure needed replacing, together with Thomas Paty, another renowned architect from that period. One of the most famous buildings that can still be seen is the Theatre Royal, build in 1766, it’s said to be the oldest still operating theatre in England, and today is known as the Bristol Old Vic.
John Wood, the Elder, an English architect, did notable work in both Bristol and Bath. In the latter, he designed the North and South Parades, The Circus, Queen Square, St John’s Hospital, Prior Park and The Royal Mineral Water Hospital. In Bristol, he designed The Exchange. It’s a beautiful example of Georgian design and has Corinthian columns and pilasters on the exterior, and is much admired still today. You can view the stunning interior design of Bristol’s infamous building by visiting the beautiful Glass Arcade that St Nicholas Market that has been trading in since 1743.
Other key areas that were built during this period in Bristol were a plentiful supply of terraces and squares, areas like Hotwells – a district near to Clifton, and Clifton itself. The latter becoming an elegant, much sort after place to live – and still is. The Royal York Crescent in Clifton is the epitome of Georgian style, a sweeping row of stunning houses that can be seen from the banks of the river, and Sion Hill is another great example. Today, Bristol is a city full of diversity and colour – visit Totterdown to view all the pretty pastel houses – but with its design roots firmly rooted in its rich and varied architecture.
The best of Bristol interior design
There are some really inspiring places to stay in this exciting city that showcase innovative interior design companies in Bristol.
For a homely, yet sophisticated feel have a look at Number Thirty Eight, a boutique townhouse hotel in the heart of Clifton. It is a great example of how to incorporate key Georgian elements into today’s interior design in Bristol. Each room has painted panelling in soothing colours of duck egg blue and taupe, and textured coir style flooring. Rich, velvet upholstered beds with a luxury feel are the focal point of each room and smaller furniture pieces are simple yet functional. Beautiful large table lamps adorn the bedside tables in chrome and rattan with crisp white shades.
This hotel is located in a listed building with a modernist facade in a waterside location. The interior of the rooms however have a Georgian feel. Their Bristol interior designer’s philosophy is to match the interior design with the location of the house and to incorporate a cultural element to give it a strong identity. This is a philosophy that expert interior designers, Etons of Bath also adopt when planning their Georgian and Regency designs.
The ultimate in luxury, this hotel showcases exceptionally restored Georgian interior design in Bristol. Sumptuous velvets in rich bright Royal blues and accents of scarlet and saffron greet you in the Bristol Harbour Hotel’s luxury double bedrooms. The wallpaper is contemporary in design and the furniture is classic. The Hotel is located in a eyecatching and grand Georgian building which was once the Lloyds and Midland Bank head office and you can enjoy the huge floor to ceiling windows in their award-winning Jetty restaurant that was once the grand old former banking hall.
To recreate these designs in your own home head to interior designers Etons of Bath who use Georgian elements with stunning results.
What stands out the most with these three stunning hotels in Bristol, is the way they’ve incorporated Georgian interior design and today’s expectations of boutique style hotels. All these looks can work in rooms in your property with the help of a interior designer.
Etons of Bath who are a mere 11 miles from Bristol have decades of experience designing interiors for period properties, and are experts at restoring Georgian and Regency period homes.
They have a very experienced team of interior designers in Bath, headed up by Sarah Latham, founder and interior designer of Etons of Bath, and also cover a wider area that includes Bristol. Whether it’s a single room or a whole house that you want designed, Etons of Bath offer classical interior design with s specialism in Georgian interior design that will bring out the best in your home in a way that will make it more valuable, more practical and more personal to suit your individual needs.
In their Bath showroom you can browse a vast collection of fabrics and papers – the largest selection west of Chelsea! – and their own Collated Collection of furniture and lighting.
Etons of Bath have three main services:
Full Service Design – this covers everything from space planning, furniture, lighting and art sourcing to interior designs for the whole house or part of the house, curtain-making, electrical specifications, Georgian or Regency interior design advice and re-upholstery.
Mentoring and Sourcing – this is an invaluable interior design service where Etons of Bath offer guidance and advice to help you with existing ideas.
Space Planning – a great service where Etons of Bath draw up layout plans for each room to incorporate existing furniture, and to meet your specific needs for electrical sockets, table lamps and charge points.
Visit 108 Walcot Street in Bath for more details.