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Simple Tips for Creating a Victorian-Style Living Room

by James Helliwell on Jun 1, 2015

The Victorian style is one interior decoration philosophy that has remained classy and elegant to this day. Any living space tastefully furnished to this theme is guaranteed to look magnificent. This is why many people go out of their way to bring Queen Victoria’s era back to life in their home.  This piece shows how to achieve this in your living room.

Victorian Chairs

victorian arm chair

Victorian chairs are the most sought after antique chairs. They are known for their wooden carved embellishments and their rich fabrics.  Victorian chairs go nicely with seating pieces that are upholstered in brocade, velvet and also embroidered. They also feature exposed wood in various parts such as the legs, armrest and the upper back.

The chairs go with tables that are carved, spindled, marble topped or faux bamboo.  Other pieces of furniture that can be used to accent Victorian chairs include porcelain jars with crocheted doilies underneath, traditional style lamps and a bookcase that can fill from floor to ceiling. 

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Victorian Floor Tiles

Victorian floors are known for being high patterned. They make use of tiles that have lavish patterns and designs. Go with this type of flooring making sure that the patterns and design complements the floor and furniture. For a heavy patterned floor, it is important to make the wall and carpets light. This will ensure the room doesn’t look too heavy and bulky.

Wall decorations

Victorian wall decorations

A proper Victorian look requires the use of decorative mouldings, ornaments, plaster work and arches on the walls of your living room.  The arches offer a grand look while plasters and mouldings give off a look of authenticity.  When these are not feasible consider investing funds in unique wallpapers that have metallic or ornate prints or painting the wall red.

Intricate window treatments

victorian windows

Elaborate window treatments such as tiebacks, valances and swags are important to get that Victorian look.  The fabrics to be used should be damask, brocade and silk.  These fabrics should be trimmed with tassels, cords, braid and crystals to add more embellishments.  A stained glass window should also be considered.

Dark colours and rich shades

Dark and bright shades with rich colours offer the best way to get a Victorian look. Woodwork around the room needs to have a dark tone allowing it to go along with the other shades in the room. Some of the colours commonly used in a Victorian room include yellow, blue, violet, red and burgundy. However, white can be deployed if you already have Victorian furniture installed.

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