Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!