Victorian design, in my opinion, is timeless. Its beauty and elegance can immediately transport you in time to another world. However, too much of it can be, well, too much. While certain homes take up the design without any effort, it’s not impossible to use it in any home.
If you love it, there are some great ways to weave it into your home’s decor!
Named after Queen Victoria, this interior design style originates from the time when she reigned as queen. She was the queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 until 1901.
This style came about during the Industrial Revolution, a time when some people suddenly came into wealth in business roles. These people began to travel and experience different cultures, therefore becoming influenced by decor styles. It pulls elements from Gothic, Rococo, Indian, and other cultural styles.
These people began lavishly decorating their homes and luxury apartments with beautifully made pieces inspired by different parts of the world. Household items were mass-produced, making them accessible to countless people, including those who couldn’t afford them before.
Those with wealth would pack their homes with these items, boasting of their newfound wealth. A lack of decor was thought to show poor taste.
Today, we tend to draw elements from the Victorian period rather than replicating their design techniques exactly. Let’s take a look at some of the key characteristics of Victorian design and how we can incorporate them into our modern homes.
If you love this design but don’t want it to overwhelm, there are many ways to incorporate it right into any room.
Typically, Victorian design saw a lot of wallpaper, again due to mass production. These featured large print designs of animals, flowers, or stripes. If you don’t want to go all out in a room and cover it with wallpaper, think about buying some Victorian-inspired wallpaper and framing squares of it!
Hardwood flooring that has been polished and is made of natural wood was very popular in Victorian times and still is today. Consider adding a patterned area rug to bring in some Victorian design elements as well.
Perhaps my favorite element of Victorian decor is the furniture style. Curved, large couches, and chairs with lots of ornamentation and woodwork was predominant in many homes. Think fainting couch in a library with beautiful, carved bookshelves filled with books. You can add a Victorian couch or set of chairs to any room to bring a touch of elegance.
If you’re painting a room or even buying furniture, consider a Victorian color palate. Go for soft and natural tones rather than bright and vibrant. Anything warm and homey will work well with your Victorian decor.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.