Watch any home or design show on TV and you’ll hear the host talk at length about the merits of "period features" – and how much character and indeed value they add to your home. If the vintage pieces in your home have long since disappeared, you can actually replace them – with a visit to Architectural Classics.
The website sells a mix of original pieces and exact reproductions for your home. Establish which era your home is from, then check out the site for everything from light switches, door bells, door knockers, letters boxes, interior handles, ceiling lights, wall lamps, outdoor lighting, coat hooks, mirrors curtain rails, clocks and much more.
The two items pictured give you an idea of the detail available. The first picture is an antique brass bakelite two-way switch with metal cover, which retails for £18 and the second is an Art Deco door knob made from solid brass, then nickel plated, retailing for £33. Not the cheapest way to kit out your home – but one that’s certain to add value to any period property.