Design Movements || Gothic Revival


The Gothic Revival era emerged in the mid-19th Century in contrast to the medieval Gothic style from 1150 to 1550 after producing dark dank buildings.  The revival sought to correct these problems and create light and airy interiors with rich gold, blue and red as the preferred colours.  Castles, Churches and Public Buildings such as Britain’s Parliament building (built between 1840 & 1870) are an iconic example of Gothic Revival Architecture with its grandeur design reaching up to the heavens.

Still referencing the earlier Gothic style, stained glass lancet windows, chandeliers and the use of beams are key features.  Pointing arches defined internal characteristic which developed into vaulted ceilings.  By the 1860’s the influence on domestic interiors was beginning with a new found focus on the ornate.  An emphasis on the decorative style now shifted the purpose from functional to beautiful and functional.

Present day there is a whimsical and romantic idea of medieval times that is often sought after for occasions such as weddings.  The many restorations of Churches for domestic purposes are an increasing trend across the UK and Europe.  Whether it’s the connection to the past or the love of this unique style, preserving these iconic structures by adding the convenience of modern day living for many, would see the fantasy complete.

Pictured Left - Victorian / Gothic Interior  ||  Pinterest

Pictured Right - Gothic Interior  ||  Pinterest