At this time of year when the nights are fast drawing in, many UK residents start to feel a little bit stir crazy. The weather makes it unsuitable outside for long walks or beer gardens, and so those with an interest in style and culture begin making plans for some redesign and redecoration work at home. Up until last year, fashion was pointing towards the future, but thanks to popular TV shows like Downton Abbey, a significant number of people are now looking at creating a period theme throughout their properties. Don’t get me wrong, styles from the reign of Queen Victoria have never really gone away, they’re just experiencing somewhat of a revival at the current time.
So, if you’re reading this post, the chances are you’re looking for some useful tips and tricks for creating the ideal look, right? Well, although I’m no Laurence Llewelyn Bowen (thank god), I did actually work in a stately home for a few months back in my teens, so I know a thing or two about how the owners managed to create such a grand and luxurious look. With that in mind, I’m writing this short article today to relay some of my knowledge and hopefully show you exactly how you can achieve this in your own property with minimal effort.
Choosing The Right Furniture
For the most part, Victorian furniture was constructed from quality wood and extremely comfortable fabrics. So, if you simply select sofas/chairs etc with exposed wooden parts on the arms or the legs, this will probably do the trick. Also, most people would agree that slipcovered furniture fits in well with this theme, and because it’s so cheap to buy, you should have the room looking absolutely fantastic in no time. Personally, I’d also get hold of an old floor to ceiling bookcase, as these tend to look very good and were, in fact, incredibly common at the time.
Choosing The Right Colours
In nearly all instances, the noblemen and upper-class people who lived during the reign of Queen Victoria would have opted for dark and rich colours like red, burgundy, purple, yellow or blue. Just spend a few moments looking through Google Images online to see exactly how common these colours were – this may also give you some more cool ideas, as you’ll find thousands of different photos from inside some of the most luxurious properties.
Choosing The Right Flooring
Those who lived in the Victorian times loved to have detailed patterns on their floor, and although some laid tiles and decorated wood, it was much more common for people to opt for large rugs and removable carpets. Generally, most considered them to be more useful because it was much easier to change the look of any room by simply swapping the rugs.
Lastly, if you really want to give your home that classic Victorian theme, it might be worth investing in a period fireplace. Obviously, few of us have working chimney’s nowadays, but you can actually pick up some really cool electric fires that are designed to look like authentic period pieces – so perhaps this is something you should look into?
Good luck with it all, I’m sure you’ll create something stunning!