Queen Victoria had reigned for the best part of a century, and it was the beginning of a new century with a new king, King Edward VII, on the throne. But his reign was to be brief, lasting a mere nine years.

After the heaviness, clutter and dark colours of Victorian interiors, people wanted something new and cheerful. Edwardian style was a breath of fresh air.


  • fresh and light
  • informal, feminine
  • bamboo and wicker furniture
  • flowers and floral patterns
  • pastel colours


  • art nouveau
  • arts and crafts
  • Queen Anne

The names

  • Thomas Sheraton – furniture
  • RenĂ© Lalique – glassware
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany – lighting