Interior design through the ages

Throughout history, there have been distinctive features in interior design. Our houses, some of which date back to the 11th century, are the perfect places to explore characteristic styles. We carefully preserve the features and collections at our places so that you when you visit, you'll experience the house and its décor just as it was intended to be.

The Winter Parlour at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
16th-century walnut panelling in the Winter Parlour at Canons Ashby National Trust Picture Library / Andrew Haslam

Interior design: Tudor 

The Tudor period was an age of prosperity, often resulting in lavishly built and decorated houses. We look after some beautiful examples, including Montacute House, Somerset, and Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire.

The Library at Basildon Park
The Library at Basildon Park National Trust Images / Dennis Gilbert

Interior design: Georgian 

You can see the elegant styles that were in fashion during the Georgian period at places including Croft Castle in Herefordshire and Basildon Park, Berkshire. Here's our short guide.

The Zodiac roundels on the Boudoir’s ceiling at Knightshayes Court, Devon
The Zodiac roundels on the ceiling in the Boudoir at Knightshayes Court National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Interior design: Victorian 

Visit our places like Penrhyn Castle, Wales and Tyntesfield, Somerset, to see examples of Victorian interior design. Here's a short guide to the eclectic styles of the era.

The Library at Coleton Fishacre
Coleton Fishacre boasts Art Deco features in an Arts and Crafts exterior National Trust Images / Dennis Gilbert

Interior design: 20th century 

Coleton Fishacre, Devon, and The Homewood, Surrey, both boast striking Modernist décor. Learn more about this 20th-century design movement and where to see it.