Queenslander homes interior design styles

Queenslander homes interior design styles

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architects hawthorne lounge Queenslander homes interior design stylesHomes from different regions around the world often have their own distinct style – think the Hamptons for example. So is there a distinct style for Queenslander homes beyond the obvious external appearance? And if so, what are Queenslander homes interior design styles?

Queenslander homes interior design styles explained

Queenslanders were a popular style of home pre-1946 along with colonial homes, workers cottages, Californian bungalows and Ashgrovians from 1880 through to 1930 and into the 40’s. But this article is purely focused on the interior design style of Queenslander homes.

So let’s take a look at what you’re likely to find in a typical Queenslander style home from this era.

Firstly you’re probably going to see lots of VJ’s which is short for ‘vertical joints’ which is a tongue and groove type of wood panelling which is very common in older Queenslanders. These might be floor to ceiling or they might go from the floor to a point part way up the wall where they give way to standard gyprock sheeting.

VJ’s are a beautiful change from standard plaster walls of modern homes and these days they are sold in sheets rather than the time consuming individual boards of years gone by.

Ornate cornices, ceiling rose’s arches and other plasterwork are commonly found in Queenslanders. These pieces add a timeless beauty to the homes showcasing an elegance that is less common today. These items can all still be purchased with many of the original mouldings still in use. If you have a Queenslander with a more unique piece of plasterwork it’s still possible to have professionals come and match and repair it, although this can at times be expensive.

Timber casement windows are the typical type of windows that you might find in Queenslander homes, with French doors that open up onto wide verandahs.

Speaking of verandahs often parts of these were enclosed forming ‘sleepouts’ which acted as additional bedrooms. Understandably narrower than a normal bedroom, sleepouts commonly have multiple entry points and free standing wardrobes.

The kitchens in Queenslanders tend to be very large, partly because meals were often taken in the kitchen rather than the formal dining room, which was instead used when guests came over. Bathrooms were normally more functional than decorative although some featured claw foot baths and beautiful cabinetry. Certainly, if you’re looking to renovate a Queenslander the bathrooms – which tend to be reasonably large – have a lot of potential.

Colour schemes vary but the heritage creams, reds and greens were popular. Kitchen floors were often covered in vinyl ‘lino’ flooring, but the floorboards in Queenslanders polish up very well and today most of the ‘lino’ would be replaced by tiles or polished floorboards.

So much potential

If you own a Queenslander then chances are you’re sitting on a lot of potential. These beautiful homes are perfectly suited to a contemporary renovation, refreshing the outside while modernising the inside.

Of course, any renovation needs to be sympathetic to the existing character of the home. Blending the new with the old is an art form that we’ve perfected at dion seminara architecture. So if you have a Queenslander and you’re thinking about renovating, come to the specialists and let us create a stunning renovation that will enhance your lifestyle and your investment.

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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.