Victorian Decorating In 6 Easy Steps!
by Michael Holland
Description: Easy do-it-yourself ideas for decorating your home with a Victorian theme.
Victorian decorating is considered one of the most intricate of all
the different interior decorating styles that you can choose from.
The reason for this is because the colors, fabrics, furniture and
decorations are all elaborate and full.
Victorian decorating is based on the period during the 19th century
in jolly old England. So, the more authentic you want your Victorian
room to be, you can expect that the furnishings and other decorative
items can be quite expensive.
You will need to be very creative and crafty if you wish to make the
most of this theme. But, it's possible to makeover a room with a
Victorian style, even if you are on a tight budget.
Following is an example of how you can use Victorian decorating to
transform the look of your living room:
Step 1 - So that you know the size of the area you have to work with,
the first thing you should do before beginning your Victorian
decorating is to measure the space of the room.
Step 2 - Use colors such as deep green, red, dark pink, mauve,
burgundy, and purple for walls, rugs, upholstery and other accessory
colors. These were the most popular colors of the Victorian period.
It's also a great idea to add crown molding and wallpaper borders
around the top of walls. And don't be afraid to use more than one
color when decorating the room.
Step 3 - You can choose rich wooden furnishings such as sofas and
chairs when selecting furniture for Victorian decorating. The legs,
backs and arms of these furnishings are carved to stand out, while
the upholstery is usually velvet, embroidered fabrics, and brocade.
Accompanying these pieces are pillows that are created with similar
fabrics, and trimmed with lace, frills, beading, ribbons or bows.
The other furnishings in the room for Victorian decorating are
various marbletop tables or they could be made of wood such as bamboo.
Step 4 - Decorations that are placed on the tables, such as
candleholders, crystal lamps, porcelain figurines, or a vase of dried
flowers, should be set on embroidered doilies to add affect.
All paintings are usually in gold or wooden frames. Other exciting
Victorian pieces that can be added to the living room are a
grandfather clock, porcelain dolls and decorative plates.
Other Victorian decorating accessories that you can add to the room
to give it authenticity include paintings of young maidens, children,
a portrait of your family, or perhaps of your ancestors.
Step 5 - When Victorian decorating windows, you need to make them
elaborate with draperies, swags and braided tiebacks. Popular
fabrics for the window are also brocades and velvet.
Step 6 - The floors of the living room can either be hardwood floors
or wall-to-wall carpeting. But, no matter which flooring type you
choose, it is a good idea to add an area rug that is fashioned in an
oriental style to complete the authenticity of the Victorian
As you can see, Victorian decorating is very involved and comes with
a heavy feel to it. That being the case, make sure you pick a room
that can handle this décor. That way, you can enjoy it to its
Michael Holland is the creator of http://www.kids-rooms-and-
crafts.com and http://www.home-decorating-made-easy.com. His web
sites offers lots of FREE decorating tips and ideas for decorating
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