Renovation Tips

On display at Adelaide Restoration Centre is an array of Victorian, Federation, Art Deco, Georgian, French Provincial, Contemporary and other period products.  These products are available in a range of finishes from polished brass, cast iron, antique bronze, chrome, satin chrome and the now popular stainless steel.

When undertaking a renovation project you need to first establish the parameters of the existing premises and then formulate your design to compliment or restore the existing structure.

What period of home do you have?

  1. Check your house title to find the date your home was built.
  2. Examine any old external and/or internal or even streetscape photographs that may be available. This will help you to determine whether the period of your home has been changed.
  3. Note down the features of the building i.e. type of bricks, door knobs, fixtures and fittings. (Adelaide Restoration Centre will be able to help with dating these items.)
  4. Is there an overall colour scheme that needs to be matched?
  5. Measure the ceiling height. Are there picture rails or dado rails?
  6. What sort of look are you trying to achieve? Decide whether you are happy with the existing style or would like to look at complimentary or contrasting styles.


  1. Check the period of your current decor and finish of any other fittings?
  2. Is the lighting to be functional or ambient?
  3. Measure the ceiling height and size of room.
  4. Think about your colour scheme.
  5. Are there any limitations  ie: ceiling accessibility, availability of wiring for wall bracket lighting, etc.


  1. Are you renovating all or only part of your bathroom?
  2. Do you want a pedestal or wall mounted basin?
  3. Have you decided on a colour scheme?
  4. What size tiles are you looking for?
  5. Do you want a built in or free-standing vanity?
  6. What is the layout and size of your bathroom?


  1. What is the size of your room?
  2. How many windows and doors are there and what size are they?
  3. Are the tiles covering from floor to ceiling or only to a certain height?
  4. What is your colour scheme?
  5. Are you going to match existing tile work?


  1. What is the required theme, ie do you need special finishes etc?
  2. Are there special painted features i.e. cornices etc.
  3. Measure your room, wall and ceiling areas, making sure you allow for the number of coats required.
  4. What is the existing colour scheme and what sort of paint has been used previously.

Our experienced staff will consider these points along with other information when offering advice and suggest appropriate styles and themes for your individual project.

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