How to add Victorian style to your home
Whether it’s on our screens or in our homes, the British adore a glimpse of period style from history’s more flamboyant times. Thanks to recent television series, the styles from the Victorian era are seeing a revival, moving from our screens into our homes, for example, through sash windows, fireplaces or suitable fabrics. Be inspired by Victorian original décor and add some elegance into your home.
Key features from a Victorian room include plaster moulding and decorative cornicing, which will add an air of grandeur to any home. One popular way of enhancing your living areas, dining rooms or hallways in the style of the Victorian era is to restore original features to their former glory. If this is not an option, there are always opportunities to source them elsewhere.
Wood paneling, which covered ceilings and entire walls, was a popular choice in the more splendid of Victorian houses. Wilson’s Yard, suppliers of oak flooring in Ireland, suggest imitating the same look using dark wood tones and textures or sourcing stained oak paneling for a dining room. The Victorians also designed their houses with painted paneling, both for practicality and style, and this can easily be replicated using some beautifully patterned wallpaper.
Add some splendour to the rooms in your home by investing in luxurious fabrics, such as silk and rich velvet. Use them on soft furnishings or curtains, and, if you have couches or chairs, they can be reupholstered in a similar fashion. Antiques are also a fabulous, if not extravagant way, of adding an air of magnificence to a room. Items such as glass chandeliers, unusual ornaments and furniture can usually be found in reclamation yards, such as www.wilsonsyard.com, antique fairs or vintage shops.
Victorian sash windows
The Victorian’s desire to combine functionality with attention to detail is renowned through their designs for doors and sash windows. Their characteristic sash windows used large panels of glass in comparison to the Georgians. Fast forward to the modern day and we can emulate the Victorian style by using timber frames with far better insulation, whilst still keeping their authenticity.
Even if you don’t have a Victorian property, you can still give your home a makeover inspired by this lavish era to recreate the historic aspects that we all love.