Sunday, February 3

How to decorate home as per Victorian style

When it comes to home décor, there are different styles of decorating. While some like to go the casual way others like to decorate their home with rich and ornate furniture and accessories. For such people, Victorian style is the most preferred form of décor.

Victorian Style of décor emerged in England during the reign of Queen Victoria. The people during this era are known for their love for fashion and decorating their home in the most stylish and glamorize way. They used rich and highly ornate furniture and accessories to give a palatial look to their house. In modern times, even though other forms of décor like contemporary, modern, casual etc have emerged, there are people who still prefer decorating their home in the Victorian style. Here are few décor tips for such people.

Color: Victorian style of décor is known for the use of bright and vibrant colors. Colors like green, sapphire, ruby etc find place in Victorian style décor. Walls were mainly done up in these bright hues. Lighter shades find place in less prominent areas like hallway and kitchen. Keeping this color trend in mind, many of the major paint companies have heritage collection of paints from which one can select the best suited one according to their taste.

Furniture: Detailed carving and ornate designs in legs, arms and back are the main features of Victorian style furniture. Furniture made of Mahogany, Teak, Oak etc would be apt for such setting. This furniture can either be purchased online or from shops specializing in Antique furniture.

Lighting: Ornate Victorian style lighting replaces normal lighting in this type of decor. Chandeliers, beaded lampshades with brass stand, candle light etc add to the Victorian touch. Victorian candle holders and candelabra add to the overall ambience of the room.

Drapery: The draperies used in Victorian style of décor are those that complement the furniture. As such rich and bright curtains and upholstery in velvet, silk, brocade and embroidered fabric are widely used. Braided tie back is also common. These are then decorated with tassels, cords and crystals. Laces, frills and ribbons adorn table clothes, pillow covers and bed sheets. It is common to see canopied bed in a Victorian style bedroom.

Wallpapers: One of the most significant characteristic of Victorian décor is the use of wall paper. In fact, the trend of using wall paper in modern times has emerged from the Victorian era. Wall paper in different prints and patterns are widely used in this style of décor. In houses with large and spacious rooms, wall paper with big and bold patterns is ideal. Small prints in lighter tone would suit rooms that are less spacious. Wallpaper borders are also commonly used. Arches are done up in the wall to give a grand look to the room.

Flooring: Floors are normally made of wood and will have rich woolen wall to wall carpets or oriental rugs to complement the wall paper design. Kitchen will have hard wood flooring and can be accessorized using washable rugs.  Fireplace, if any, are made of stone or marble.

Accessories: The home décor accessories that are widely used during Victorian days were antique porcelain figurines, decorative Chinese plates, grandfather clocks, jeweled boxes and antique dolls. Stained glass window is another feature of Victorian style décor. Wall hangings in the form of antique mirror, family portrait, paintings of young maidens etc can also be used. All wall hangings come with ornate frames. Side tables can be decorated with fresh flowers and fruits in ornamental silver trays or beautiful candles and centre and dining table with silver or iron candle holders.

Doing up a home in Victorian style can be very expensive considering that most of the furniture and accessories comes with detailed work. But there are lots of thrift shops and flea market from where most of the products can be purchased at nominal rate. Moreover, the various online shopping comparison sites also help in getting a fair deal. The only consideration should be that the room where the décor is done is spacious enough to accommodate all the richness of the Victorian décor.