How to renovate an old Victorian property without spending a fortune

With elegant architecture and ornate features, Victorian homes are always going to be sought-after. However, being decades-old, property from this bygone era often needs some TLC, to put it mildly! The good news is that Victorian interiors can be transformed without spending a fortune.

Here’s how.

Restore the original floor tiles

If the carpet or wooden flooring in your Victorian home is on the shabby side, rather than replacing it, simply check what’s underneath it. This era of property was well-known for its beautiful flooring comprising of distinctive geometric patterns and colours. If you manage to expose such traditional flooring in the likes of hallways and dining rooms, rather than covering it up again, get out the polish and give the tiles a good wax, you’ll be amazed at the result.

Reinstate the fireplaces

Fireplaces were key features of Victorian houses and can often be hidden behind boards. Reinstating these old-fashioned features will immediately bring a room to life, whether it’s a lounge, dining room or bedroom. Uncover the fireplace and give it a good clean, then shop around for a cast-iron surround, which are not expensive if you look in the right places. All you need now is to place some candles on the hearth and you’ll have a feature you immediately fall in love with.

Restore or replace the front door

Victorian property is known for its elegant front doors, which is one of the first things we notice about a house. If the front door on your Victorian home is an inferior one that is grossly out of character, it could be time to replace it with a genuine Victorian door, which are available to buy. If it is the traditional one, then it may need a new lick of paint or even some new stained glass to bring it back to its original splendour.

Improve the layout

Victorian homes are known for their quirky layout, with a labyrinth of rooms and corridors. If you love the quirkiness then keep it as it is, but if you crave more a more modern, and perhaps lighter interior, you might want to consider altering the layout.

Knocking through walls doesn’t need to be expensive and can make dark spaces brighter, without having to install larger windows. Couple this with some lighter paint, and you’ll make your Victorian dwelling significantly brighter without spending a fortune.

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