Painting Queen Anne Houses in Melbourne: Staunch Greco Industries
Welcome to Part 4 of Staunch Greco Industries exploring the different types of historical homes in Melbourne. We offer an overall summary of the physical characteristics of each house along with some recommended paint colours.
On our last blog we explored Late Victorian houses. Click here to read that article.
Staunch Greco Industries is proud to be a Melbourne born business. We might be accused of being biased but Melbourne is our favourite city in Australia for a variety of reasons. One significant reason is the historical architecture. It is simply striking and beautiful. We appreciate that old world craftsmanship.
In Melbourne you see a great variety of historical homes and we certainly do love painting and decorating them!
Painting Queen Anne Houses in Melbourne: Summary
Queen Anne houses reigned during the years of 1895 to 1910. They are one of our favourite styles. This style is a combination of English and American style that borrowed from elements of Queen Anne’s reign in the 17th century.
Most of these houses are free standing. The roof is a signature feature of this style. The floor plans are asymmetrical. They are grand, and certainly not simple in their design and layout.
You will find an extensive range of decorative elements in Queen Anne exteriors including terracotta pots, gargoyles and dragons, chimney cornices, terracotta ridge cappings and post brackets.
Early Queen Anne roofs are sometimes slate with terracotta decoration whilst most are terracotta tiled roofs that are steeply pitched.
Windows are often coloured and rectangular. Fretwork patterns include art nouveau designs and geometric styling.
The gardens are quite large at the front, which sets the house back away from the street. Palm trees and native fauna are popular. Fences are generally timber pickets, occasionally picket heads that are fretted.
Walls are painted plaster with picture rails. You will spot walls wallpapered at times. Beautiful fireplaces are a signature design element. Ceilings are often divided into ornamental panels. Strong and bold colours are used on the interiors
Painting Queen Anne Houses in Melbourne: Recommended Colours
Do you have a Queen Anne House in Melbourne that needs painting and decorating? Contact Staunch Greco Industries on 1300 782 862 or contact us via our website by email.