Thursday, April 9, 2015

Decorating tips for Victorian style interiors

The regal days of the Renaissance, when ladies were reserved and the men chivalrous, are long gone. But you can bring back the opulence of the Victorian era into your own grand home by remembering these style elements. 

1. Chandeliers – The moment you walk into a grand ballroom, your eyes are immediately drawn to the glittering lights and the beautiful reflections that are cast. This is all thanks to the chandelier. When decorating a Victorian-themed room, opt for a baroque inspired light fixture or chandelier made of gold, crystal or glass. 

2. Drapes – In the same way that eyes are the windows to the soul, windows let you peek into the soul of a home. Set the right tone by framing big windows with romantic drapery. 

3. Marble flooring – Reflecting the rich tastes of the homeowners, the floors of a Victorian home are typically made from gleaming marble. For something richer and darker, solid wood is also a sufficient alternative.  

4. Luxurious fabrics – From the drapes to the linens and throw pillows, the fabrics of Victorian-inspired pieces are always luxurious to the touch. Staying true to the design style, opt for velvety fabrics in old floral and damask prints. 

5. Mirrors - Decorative mirrors are set in baroque frames, usually in gold or white. 


6. Intricately crafted furniture pieces – Craftsmanship is given prime attention in the Victorian home. All pieces  of furniture seem to be hand crafted and are intricately crafted. Gold paint is usually added for embellishment. 

7. Rich, dark palette – To bring together the entire space, stick to the palette of rich, dark reds or olive greens, which play off against the gold accents and chandeliers. 


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