Interior design tips for Victorian properties
Victorian homes exude elegance, handsomeness and sophistication, built during the pinnacle of the British Empire, when the comfort and luxury of affluent homeowners was prioritised.
With quirky rooms, high ceiling, bay windows and traditional features, these types of houses offer a wealth of opportunity to create a striking interior that combines elegant traditionalism with a modern twist.
If you own a Victorian home and want to inject some style and panache into the property, take a look at the following expert interior design tips to make the most of your stunning Victorian home.
Use contemporary colours and eye-catching artwork
One key design trait of the Victorian home is their high ceilings, which lends itself to a contemporary colour scheme to make the most of the tall rooms. Placing eye-catching artwork on the walls can also maximise the height of the rooms, making the most of the ample headroom above.
Modern colour schemes that would look great in lofty and spacious Victorian rooms range from anything from stylish black and whites to brash reds mixed with earthy greys. All-white interiors can also look super stylish in spacious Victorian houses with high ceilings.
Make the most of Victorian fireplaces
Fireplaces are another standout feature of Victorian properties and should be justifiably made the most of. Bring such fireplaces to life and make them a leading feature of the room by placing a beautiful mirror above the mantelpiece. You can augment this focal point further by placing a cosy rug in front of the fire.
Paint the flooring
It is not uncommon for Victorian houses to have the traditional wooden flooring still intact. Rather than leaving this beautiful flooring bare, or, worse still, covering it up with a carpet, make the most of this stunning traditional feature by painting the flooring in a stylish colour.
From dazzling whites to stylish greys, painting the floorboards is an easy and inexpensive way to turn the floors in your home into a funky feature.
Use layered lighting
With large bay windows being a key characteristic of the architectural era, daylight isn’t usually sparse in Victorian homes. However, for those dark winter days and evenings, having layered lighting in your interior will ensure your Victorian property exudes the cosiness, character and comfort it was intended to when it was built to house wealthy homeowners.