Victorian properties are exceptionally rich in ornate architecture, elegant proportions and intricate detailing. They were built to be noticed and admired. So if you are planning to renovate your own Victorian home then read on for some tips on how to make the very most of this influential period in decor and design.
DECORATE IN STYLE
There are many hallmark features of Victorian décor. Historic and anaglypta wallpapers with bold colours and patterns became the definitive wall colouring to use; patterns with floral, large leaf motifs and diamonds were common. Victorian walls usually had three different sections and were divided by a dado and a picture rail.
Other well known Victorian decor that you could add to your home includes stair runner carpet, stained glass windows, oriental style rugs and ornate trimmings on luxurious curtains. These touches will really make your Victorian home come alive.
For your Victorian bathroom and kitchen, you could explore local auction houses or reclamation yards for roll top baths, Victorian dressers and period ranges and sinks. These can also be restored to their former glory and the effect will be truly splendid once complete.
PRESERVING VICTORIAN FEATURES
Where possible, try to restore any of the original features that you can still find within your Victorian home. These could include ornate plaster mouldings such as ceiling roses, wooden floors, fireplaces and deep skirting boards. Restoring these features will make the very most of your unique period home, and will also add value if you decide to sell your property in the future. Make sure that you choose wood treatments very carefully when restoring period features and ensure that your home is properly ventilated while you are working.
A SENSE OF GRANDEUR
The Victorian period is all about elegance and grandeur so think about the entrance to your home and make sure that your front door and hallway make the right statement. Don’t forget your outside space, too: Victorian gardens are formal and often laid out in defined sections. Try to stay away from garden features such as modern plant pots and driveway materials as these won’t work with the overall look of your house. Outside gates and railings should also be ornate in keeping with the style of your interior.
Restoring your Victorian home is a true labour of love and can be done over a period of many years. Make the very most of your Victorian home’s original features and enjoy bringing this wonderfully influential period back to life.