Interior design trends are fairly cyclical. In the last few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional Victorian interior. It might not last, and we’ll be back to a more modern look in a few years. But for now, Victorian is the way to go. However, a lot of people are giving it their own twist. You can create an incredibly interesting look by combining some of the main aspects of Victorian interior design with more modern details. If you aren’t careful, you’ll get the balance wrong and it will end up looking silly, so it isn’t just a case of putting a lava lamp in the middle of an old-fashioned dining room.
The look first came about because people wanted to remodel their Victorian homes but they didn’t want to lose any of the charms, so they started adding modern details, without taking away from any of the main features that give the house it’s character. If you don’t have a Victorian house, it will be more difficult to capture some of that personality, but it is still possible. If you want to master the Victorian look, here are a few pointers to help you get started.
Couple Old And New Furniture
One of the best ways to strike a good balance is to pair traditional and modern pieces of furniture together. Try taking an old wooden dining table, and surrounding it with modern, plastic chairs. Don’t use colors that are too vibrant, otherwise, the two won’t sit well together. It’s all about subtlety. You could also try reupholstering a traditional Victorian sofa with some jazzy new fabric. It still maintains its character, but with a bit more flair. Any piece of old wooden furniture can be painted in a bold white to make it look fresh and new, while still keeping the intricate detail that is indicative of Victorian interiors. Replacing standard radiators with column radiators will also add to the feel of your room, as they fit better with the Victorian theme.
One of the key features of the Victorian period was their beautiful handcrafted pieces of furniture and decoration. If you are planning to have extensive work done on the house, then you could replace the wainscoting and handrails with real wood, hand-carved ones. This is going to be expensive, and you might not want to commit to having such drastic changes. That doesn’t mean you can utilise hand-crafted pieces at all, though. Find anything that’s hand-carved and fill your home with them. Lamps, ornaments, bureau’s, anything goes. It will all add to the overall aesthetic.
Strong Color Themed Rooms
Another popular trend in Victorian times was bold colors, that dominated a room. They didn’t mess around with white or magnolia. It was all about deep reds and greens. It might be a bit overwhelming to paint all of your rooms in heavy colors if you are trying to achieve a good balance between old and new. Instead, choose one or two rooms, perhaps at the centre of the house. Decorate the rest of the house with light colors, and then paint your chosen room with daring colors, just like they used to in Victorian times.