We all love a restored heritage property and have come accustomed to hearing the expression "with heritage charm and character". But in the blur of mixing new with old, and doctoring your castle-ette to suit a modern lifestyle, are you going so far in your refurbishment efforts that you're stripping away all morsel of character?
I'm here to tell you to hang on a sec before you buy 100 litres of Dulux Vivid White.
If you, or your future buyer are charmed by a Victorian heritage property, then don't be scared to commit a little more. Bring in some Victorian furniture pieces, including the old cedar and oak chests and freestanding wardrobes. Keep the old fireplaces (and by keep, we don't mean install gas).
It mayn't fit just because it's OLD
Also, be mindful to do your research - there are different eras of Victorian, plus multiple other styles. Architect's and other professionals more versed in heritage architecture will be able to tell when you've mismatched elements of the style, and to us, it becomes a heritage soup. once you've nailed the style, there's also the class status. You won't typically find an original marble mantle in a single fronted weatherboard Victorian with only two rooms. As much as we love a marble mantlepiece, overreaching is just tacky.
You don't want your lifetime investment, and your pride and joy to be a laughing stock do you? Get an architect to guide you through the choices and a colour consultant to direct the colour choice that is palatable and historically relevant.