Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to get the modern Victorian look

True Victorian style is characterized by over-the-top embellishments. Different patterns and textures collide for a ‘more is more’ interior design style. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures. Use modern materials such as metal and mirrors to elevate the Victorian look.

When it comes to modern day homes, the Victorian style can be difficult to maintain, tends to look cramped and runs the risk of looking outdated. However, picking out charming details from that bygone era and integrating them with modern interiors can make for surprisingly beautiful results. 

Modern upholstery for traditional seats

Traditional Victorian furniture pieces are beautiful in their own right, but when placed together, the resulting look may be a bit too much. 

Pay homage to the style by keeping the classic structure and beautiful bones of Victorian furniture such as the Queen Anne wing chair, but keep it fresh and relevant by choosing modern upholstery such as bold, plain colors, geometric prints or stamped leather. 

Traditional patterns in bold hues

A traditional pattern used in Victorian design, damask can look heavy and dreary. However, many modern adaptations of the damask pattern are now available on the market. Choose a bold-colored rendition of the pattern, which you can then use on accent chairs or custom-made headboards. 

Tufting in a new way

Tufting is another unmistakably Victorian element, but in authentic Victorian interiors, it is usually used on many design features. 

For a more modern take, opt for plain upholstery to highlight the shapes of the tufting. You may also incorporate buttons in the tufting for a preppy look. Different colored buttons will offer a whimsical vibe. 

Modern textures

Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures. Use modern materials such as metal and mirrors to elevate the Victorian look. These textures add an edgy appeal to the style. You may even use metallic paint on furniture pieces for a Victorian glam effect. 

Combine with sleek pieces

Victorian pieces are usually bulky and have a lot of detail on them. Combine these beautiful items with sleek modern pieces in the form of built-in cabinets or streamlined tables for a healthy dose of modernism. 


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