When pulled together correctly, Victorian style decorating can be an impressive way to make over your home. It is one of the most complex and detail-oriented styles to follow, but it can yield beautiful results. Good places to begin looking for pieces to complete your Victorian style are antique shops. However, you should look through any of your relatives' old belongings and heirlooms to add a personal touch. While an antique look is important when accomplishing Victorian style decorating, it is important to note that Victorians were very fond of including personal interests and uniqueness in their homes. When designing your home with the style from this era, there are a few elements you need to keep in mind.
Paint color in a Victorian home reflects the use of a room. Hallways should be kept a gray or taupe color so as not to compete with the colors of the other rooms. Rich tones in reds, blues and yellows are typical of Victorian home walls. Another popular option is wallpaper decorated with elaborate patterns. Keep in mind that the "Parlor" or "French Room" is the most important room in a Victorian home because this is where the guests are entertained the majority of the time. This is the room where most of the decorative accessories were placed so that the Victorians could show their personal interests to their guests. The Dining Room is the second most important room because guests spend a fair amount of time in there as well.
Gothic is the most commonly used style of furniture in a Victorian home. If you are unable to find exact Gothic replicas, keep in mind that Victorian style is all about details and ornamentation. The more detailed and carved a piece of furniture is, the more it will be suited for a Victorian home. This style also favors soft, curvier lines rather than the straight, blunt lines of modern furniture.
Victorians loved to personalize their homes with pictures and accessories that reflected their own personal interests and tastes. Pictures were often taken posed, not in an action shot and they were never left unframed. A bare room was considered to be in bad taste, so rooms were littered with pictures, accessories and knacks. Lace trimmed tissue boxes, elegant glassware, bookcases and miniature statues are a few examples of things that could be found in a Victorian home. Accessories were often imported from England, China and Egypt.
Details and Perfection
Victorians demanded details and perfection in their home decorating. Fabrics should be woven and sewn perfectly. All of the furniture in a room should match completely, down to even the tiniest of details. Of course, no room is to be complete without an authentic Oriental rug. Victorian style decorating is meant to reflect the homeowner's wealth, taste and aspirations of the kind of people they wish to be.