The Victorian era was one of elegance, sophistication, and class. The homes of this period are beautiful examples of architecture, which have captured the hearts of many. Fashion was not something that was limited to the appearance of people, but rather, was reflected in everything. The social status and class of the owner of a home was reflected in the way they chose to decorate it and the nobles vied with each other to see who would come up with a more innovative and glamorous touch to their home. Richness was mirrored in décor and exquisite furniture, accessories adorned the many rooms, and passageways of these homes, making them look palatial. Even now, when modernization has pervaded every part of our lives, there are many who would love to have their homes decorated in the Victorian style. If you are one among them, here are some ideas that will help you make the right choices and plan well so that you can get an eye-popping finish.
Victorian Styled Home Décor
The first thing you need to consider when taking care of interiors is the walls. Keep in mind that the walls in the Victorian era were never painted in light or pastel colors, but were bright and vibrant colors such as ruby, emerald green, and sapphire. Use different colors on different walls and keep light shades only in the kitchen and hallway.
Patterned wallpapers were in fashion in the Victorian era. These included patterns of birds, butterflies, flowers, and leaves. Bigger patterns will look good in larger houses and smaller patters will look better if you live in an apartment or smaller house. Another thing that was common in wallpapers of the Victorian era was that different patterns were at times used on the borders. You can experiment with this too.
In Victorian times, the floors were made of wood and were covered with rich carpets. Try to create a similar look. You can use marble, tiles, bricks or hard wood for kitchens. For the rest of the house, even if you do not have wooden floors, you can use carpets with rich floral designs to give it a Victorian look.
Buy furniture that was similar to the Victorian era in order to get that authentic look. The furniture of that time was made of oak, teak, mahogany, and rosewood, among other exotic choices. They were beautifully carved or made of wicker. The typical Victorian era house was crammed with furniture. While it may be difficult for you to manage such a house, you can tastefully choose the right furniture to give your house an authentic Victorian look.
Accessories complete the look of a house and the right kind of accessories for a Victorian house can be chosen with knowledge of that glorious era. When you are choosing curtains go in for brocades or any other heavy fabric. Covers and tablecloths can be embroidered, laced or of ribbons. As far as other accessories are concerned, it is noteworthy to consider that the Victorian era abounded with porcelain figurines, decorative china, lace doilies, small table lamps and huge chandeliers or candelabras. While it might be very costly to get all of these, you can consider going to a thrift store. You will be amazed at what you might be able to lay your hands on.