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Sitting Rooms and Drawing Rooms for your Edinburgh Period Home

Following on from our previous blog on entrances and hallways we now take a look at period home sitting rooms and drawing rooms in Edinburgh and also East Lothian. Hopefully we can inspire you if you plan to upgrade or restore your own Georgian or Victorian property.

Drawing Room or Sitting Room?

The term drawing room, or ‘withdrawing room’ to give it its full title, was coined in the 16th century for the room where guests would retire after dinner to enjoy a brandy or port and perhaps a cigar. Although the term drawing room is still in use today it is often replaced with the less formal term, sitting room, especially when the room has a more modern feel.

The Traditional Drawing Room

East Lothian property restoration

Drawing room, Tower Wing restoration, Tyninghame House, East Lothian 

The extensive renovation of the drawing room in the Tower Wing at Tyninghame House in East Lothian includes a refurbished wooden floor and antique chandelier along with hand-painted gilt work around the skirting, cornice and the edges of the walls. The beautiful and original marble fireplace, which is listed, is the central feature of this spectacular room. The teal colour scheme along with the eclectic mix of period furniture, combined with modern soft furnishings, lends a warmth and informality to the overall space.     

The room also contains a concealed jib door housing a concealed drinks cupboard. Click here to view more photos of the Tower Wing refurbishment at Tyninghame House

Sitting room at Tyninghame House

Traditional yet warm and inviting

Original fireplace at Tyninghame House, East Lothian

Original fireplace at Tyninghame House

Making the Most of the Natural Light

The drawing room in this Georgian property in Edinburgh’s Carlton Terrace has the benefit of floor to ceiling windows with no other property opposite. As the room is situated on an upper floor, there is no need for curtains or other window furnishings which allows for the maximum amount of natural light. The light colour scheme enhances the spacious and airy feel and traditional features have been retained such as the Georgian egg and dart cornice.  Click here to view more photos of our Carlton Terrace project.   

Georgian drawing room, Carlton Terrace, Edinburgh

Light and Eclectic

This Georgian sitting room also benefits from high ceilings and windows. Again, the absence of window furnishings allow in the maximum amount of daylight. The neutral walls add to the eclectic and minimal styling with the only splash of colour coming from the red chairs, lightshades and the painting above the fireplace. The rich flooring, which continues into the adjacent room adds a real touch of warmth.  

Moray Place, Edinburgh

Moray Place, Edinburgh

Traditional Mews Home for Modern Living

The following image is of a mews property in Edinburgh. The sitting room cleverly marries the traditional with the modern. The neutral shades of the walls and furniture, combined with the artwork and other period collectibles, contrast with the lowered ceiling and spotlights to great effect. 

Mews Home, Edinburgh

Georgian Town House with Contemporary Design

The sitting room of this Georgian town house in Edinburgh’s West End has been fully upgraded with clean lines and a fresh modern look.  

West End, Edinburgh

Period Character with Modern Touches

This sitting room in this Edinburgh town house in Great King Street has a touch of the Jacobean with the dark wooden floor and the low ceilings which were typical of the period. Then we see the six over six panes in the sash and case window and we know that the property is unmistakably Georgian. Again, the light tones of the door, walls and ceiling give a fresh, bright appearance to the overall look.  

Great King Street, Edinburgh

If you would like advice on restoring or transforming your Edinburgh Georgian or Victorian period property, for 21st Century living, contact Mackenzie Hughes on 0131 557 4377 or view some of our other projects here.  

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