Victorian décor is a good choice for a design of your interior. The Victorian era was quite a long time ago that many styles and design sensibilities have been popular since Victorian times. However, certain aspects of that period have become iconic and we’ve taken a look at just how you can incorporate those into your home today – whether you’re completely redecorating or just looking for some inspiration.
The Victorian era boasted a mixture of styles which today would be considered quite eclectic – floral patterns and tertiary colours were all the rage, and plump furniture with heavy upholstery was almost exclusively used as a way of creating the appearance of luxury and exceptional comfort. Realistic depictions of birds and small wild animals were popular, and ornaments were a staple – from decorative plates and wall hangings to clocks, screens, candlesticks and pictures. A bare room was considered to be distasteful – every surface was covered in ornaments wherever possible.
The reason for this mixed and (by modern standards) chaotic style of design is that the Victorian era was very much one of reproduction and imitation. Many older art styles were constantly being revived, particularly Gothic and late Baroque designs – resulting in a serious hodgepodge of interior influences!
Get the Look
Furniture should be extremely plump, so that it almost looks overstuffed – and there should be lots of it! Dark woods were the trend at the time, so invest in a good stain if you can’t find just the right shade. Button-backed sofas and easy chairs are a good way to add that touch of comfort.
Be aware of the colours you can and can’t use. In Victorian times, chemical processes were quite limited, and the colour palette of dyes and paint available was limited. Rich dark reds and greens were fairly typical, while purple and blue started to come in toward the end of the century. Today, you’ll find most paint manufacturers carry a “heritage” range or similar, which will allow you to reproduce the look.
Wallpaper was hugely popular in Victorian times thanks to the floral patterns and textures that was possible with them. These were generally made with damask, flock or water silk, and generally sported floral or bird motifs. If you can, look out for a William Morris design.
If you can re-fit the lights, opt for fittings in brass, pewter, cast-iron and tin. These are a lot more authentic – especially if you can get the original pieces. To find these, just look for the crowned stamp that was used on almost all Victorian designs in the latter half of the century.
When you’ve finished the major decorating cover most surfaces with ornaments or accessories to enhance your Victorian design. Think porcelain dogs, decorative plates, stuffed toys in glass domes, dried flowers, and ornate candlesticks.
What is your Victorian design going to look like?
Hopefully, you found useful tips covered in this blog post. It's up to you to combine elements and styles that would suit your taste. Make sure that you finish the Victorian look with new curtains. Get inspired by our range of curtains.