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The Victorian Home

A style named for England's Queen Victoria that became very popular in the 1800s, the Victorian home generally tends toward excess. Excess in accessories and trim. Excess in patterns through large florals or intricate wood work. Embellishment is a good word to sum up this style.

If the Victorian style is one you're looking to achieve, consider the following.

Colors
Flowers and darker woods are always good for a more formal design.  A neutral color for the walls may work best so that more colors and designs can be added to all the different furniture throughout the room.

Style Tips

  • Wood is KeyMost often mahogany, rosewood, or walnut wood work in the Victorian home always features dark stains and often features elaborately detailed floral woodworking patterns.
  • Plain Glass is Out.Stained glass is commonly used in Victorian homes. Featured in and over doors and in bathrooms and dining rooms, it adds stylistic interest. The colors of the stained glass are often drawn out in more depth throughout the room.
  • Large Floral Patterns Say Victorian.Probably the most well known feature, large floral patterns, whether in wall paper, fabrics or area rugs, can often be seen in the Victorian home.
  • Collectables and Knickknacks. If you love to collect, the Victorian style may be for you. Incorporate shelves into your decor to hold your collectibles and knickknacks, a hallmark of the Victorian home
  • Use Layers and Fringe.Layer heavy drapes over lace. Add fringe and trimming where you like it. More is more in the Victorian style.
  • Must Have Elements.Wood framed oval backed chairs and marble topped tables, night stands and dressers are an integral element of the Victorian style.

Recommended Window Treatments:
To achieve the Victorian look in your home, consider Hobbled Roman Shades.

Gallery of Examples
Still need some inspiration? Check out our sample rooms. With each photo we've called out key details of the room and how the designer has created and embraced the Victorian style.

 

This article was provided by Comfortex Window Fashions for American Blinds Wallpaper and More.

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