One lesson that can be learned from the Victorians is that you don't need a great deal of money to have elaborate style in your own home.Our designers at Blucap Interiors can take some cues from Victorian decorating to create beautiful interiors in your own home.
All About the Embellishments
One of the easiest ways to bring Victorian style to your home is to embellish tastefully wherever possible. Don't settle for a simple throw pillow in a pretty color. Instead, make it special with beading, embroidery, or lace. For budget embellishments, scour the remnants bin at your fabric store. You can often find inexpensive trim pieces to bring Victorian style to simple items.
When most of us think of Victorian interiors, elaborate floral wallpaper or faux finishing techniques come to mind. To bring Victorian flair to your walls, look for good deals online. Many online wallpaper retailers offer affordable Victorian style wallpaper.You can also add Victorian elegance by employing faux finishing techniques. Use gold paint to add a gilded feel to wall treatments, and be sure to try out techniques like faux bois.
Flea Market Flair
Shopping flea markets and garage sales are another inexpensive way to add Victorian style to your home. You can sometimes find actual relics of the Victorian era at these places, and it's easy to embellish accents from other eras to give them a Victorian feel. For instance, a simple dining room chandelier can take on a Victorian feel with some pretty spray paint and the addition of bead and crystals.Wicker furniture is a great way to provide seating in Victorian interiors. You'll find affordable wicker furniture at many flea markets, and a coat of spray paint will have it looking new again. Add some floral cushions, and you have fun Victorian style on a budget.
Victorian interiors are dramatic, and it's easy to add drama with some bargain fabric. Look for deals on velvets and brocades, and use these fabrics to create dramatic accents and draperies.Victorian curtains were often made of sumptuous velvet or silk and embellished with ribbons or embroidery. With a little time and careful shopping, you can mimic this look at an affordable price.
Infuse Affordable Victorian Luxury In All The Rooms
Light and airy living room decorated with gorgeous artworks and a lovely chandelier that hung over the glass top coffee table surrounded by cozy seats. It has a fireplace and glazed windows bringing an abundance of natural light in. Biophilic Designs - Apart from light, other key elements that we subconsciously associate with nature are water and air.
White kitchen contrasted by black dome pendants that hung over a breakfast island that’s lined with woven counter chairs. It has floating shelves and a stainless-steel range hood fixed against the marble backsplash.
Colorful wall art provides a nice accent in this dining room with cushioned chairs and an oval dining table illuminated by a unique chandelier. It includes a pair of wooden console tables and rectangular mirrors that add perfect symmetry in the room.
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This primary bedroom showcases a comfy bed and a white tufted lounge chair over a gray area rug. It includes a black and white artwork that hung above the dark wood console table flanked by full-height windows.
A printer runner stands out against the white floor and walls mounted with black framed artworks. It is accompanied by a round side table and a freestanding bathtub with chrome fixtures.
Victorian foyer illuminated by a wrought iron pendant light that hung from the ornate white ceiling. There’s a metal console table on the side that’s paired with a gorgeous mirror along with a bordered area rug on the opposite side that lays on the natural hardwood flooring.
Creating a modern Victorian home
If you’re looking at the specifics of Victorian design listed above and wondering how you could ever make it work in your own space, we hear you. But there are actually plenty of ways to embrace Victorian interior styling while still maintaining a more broadly modern aesthetic. In fact, it’s totally possible to bring in the warmth and opulence of the Victorian era in bits and pieces rather than an all-or-nothing approach, and the end result can be a space that’s as one of a kind as you want it to be.The trick to modernizing a Victorian interior is to strategically pick and choose certain Victorian elements while leaving others behind. The end result should be an interior that’s rooted in this ornamental style without getting lost in it, and that offers a perfect blend of romantic charm and contemporary chic.
Here are some ways to do it.
Bring in some drama
So many Victorian design elements are steeped in the dramatic. And you can achieve this in a more modern way by mixing in a bit of drama with more understated features.For example, hang some bold, Victorian-inspired wallpaper in a space with more modern or modern-adjacent features. Or, nix simple window treatments and opt for heavy drapes instead. Other ways to bring in a bit of Victorian dramatic flair include sticking to fine art instead of modern prints (the more ornate the frames, the better) and bringing in plenty of jewel tones and other dark and intense hues.
Mix and match modern and Victorian furniture
Victorian furniture is distinct in both quality and appearance, and you’re not going to find a lot of options shopping in contemporary furniture stores. What you can do however is shop antique stores, secondhand shops, and estate and garage sales to pick up Victorian-inspired pieces and then balance them out with other, more modern furniture in your home. You can even modernize the pieces themselves with a coat of paint or by swapping out the hardware.To find the perfect blend and celebrate Victorian charm, make sure that any Victorian interior pieces you do bring in serve either as focal points or background items. If you do both, you’ll end up with a room that lacks focus and that seems more thrown together than purposefully designed.
Work in modern metallics
Victorian interior design features lots of gold and brass metallics. And although these do continue to have a place in the modern home, you can update your use of metallics even more by going with silver instead and then pairing it with minimalist neutrals like white, gray, or muted blues.To keep the pieces themselves true to form, consider buying Victorian antiques and then recoating them with silver spray paint. The structural elements will stay the same but you’ll have an updated piece that fits in more cohesively with a contemporary environment.
Layer your lighting
Light is huge in capturing Victorian-era warmth. But whereas modern homes prioritize natural light, Victorian interior design features layered lighting accents, including the use of lamps, sconces, pendants, and chandeliers.You obviously don’t want to go too heavy on the amount of light you bring in (and you’re probably somewhat limited by the number of outlets you have anyway), but do try to make sure that every area of a room is properly lit, and that the fixtures you use have plenty of character in and of themselves. You can also use mirrors to duplicate the light in a room, once again utilizing pieces that present with Gothic or other interesting structural designs.
Bringing a modern approach to Victorian interiors is all about finding the sweet spot between your various types of décor. And this is actually easier to do with Victorian design than you might think, since by its very nature it offers a lot of stylistic variety to choose from. Stick with what speaks to you and what works in your home, and don’t be afraid to edit down a bit if your interior is going too far in one direction. So long as you fill your space with things that you love though, it will be hard to go wrong.