Architectural periods and how they influence your period home
When restoring your period home, it can be a daunting task to try and choose hardware and lighting that are from the appropriate architectural period - especially if you are determined to achieve an authentic restoration. What follows is a brief discussion of different eras from Georgian to Art Deco and how architecture was styled in that time.
Window Furniture for Sash Windows
Sash windows are a common feature in period properties and originals are often in need of renovation. They can also be used in new builds wanting to create a characterful or traditional feel. The word sash simply refers to a single frame for glazing. A traditional sliding sash window is usually made up of two sashes that slide up and down, one in front and one behind,
Light switches & sockets for your period home
Electricity may not have originally been supplied to your period home, but it is still important to choose quality switches and sockets that are sympathetic to the era of your property to finish your restoration project beautifully.
Add Bakelite Door Furniture to your Art Deco Property
Art Deco is a tremendously popular and iconic design style of the early twentieth century. It emerged from the interwar period when rapid industrialisation was transforming culture. It first appeared in France after World War I and became popular globally in the 1920s to 1940s. It is characterized by vibrant colours and geometrical or angular shapes such as zigzags and
Choosing a Ceiling Light
Ceiling lights, often centrepieces of a room, require careful thought and attention because there are practical as well as aesthetic requirements when choosing what to go for. Here we consider some of the factors involved in choosing lights for your ceilings.
Broughtons at Burghley Horse Trials
In September Broughtons exhibited at the annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, set within the stunning parklands of Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire. The event attracts the best of international riders and horses and is one of only six such competitions in the world.Broughtons stand was located in the shopping village alongside another 600 carefully
Door Furniture for Internal Doors
Selecting the correct ironmongery for your project can be quite a lengthy task, particularly with the seemingly overwhelming choice on offer these days. Uncovering any originals or referring to photographs can help identify designs and finishes, the key to any successful selection is to be sympathetic and not deviate from your ideas.
Tony Whitmore celebrates 35 years at Broughtons
Earlier this month Broughton’s Director, Tony Whitmore celebrated 35 Years as an Ironmonger. Tony started working at Broughtons when he was just 17 years old.
Choosing a doorbell
When choosing your doorbell, there are many things to consider, various sounds, different sizes and styles. What follows is a discussion of the important decisions you need to make.
10 things you didn't know about Broughtons
Whether you live in Leicestershire, have visited our showroom or purchased products from our online shop, you probably know a little bit about us. We are a family run business specialising in lighting, ironmongery and accessories for period style homes. The name Broughton has been synonymous with Ironmongery in Leicester since 1888, when Broughton & Jones business
Ceiling Fans Buyers Guide
When choosing a ceiling fan it is important to remember that it is