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Victorian Decorating Ideas


I love the look of the decor from the Victorian era with the soft, subdued tones throughout the home, nothing bright or vivid. The fabrics used were damask, velvet or silk and ornate design was used on everything. Throughout this article, I’ll show you some great Victorian decorating ideas!

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At the day’s end, come to prop your weary feet upon a vintage tuffet. A marrying of Old World charm and modern comfort, the upholstered cushion means to abate tension held in the lower extremities to one’s lower back.

It heightens for two accommodate settings. At its lowest station the portable ottoman measures 8″ in height. Once raised to its medium position, 12 1/2″ in height, and, at it’s highest, 15 1/2″.

When not employed for relaxation, easily store by collapsing the frame and gentle unscrewing the legs.

Assembly required.


What Is the Victorian Era?

The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign in the United Kingdom from 1837 until her death in 1901. The decorative arts during this 64-year period were widely considered as having indulged in a grand excess of ornament.

Decorative art is defined as arts or crafts whose object is the design and manufacture of objects that are both beautiful and functional. They are often categorized in distinction to the “fine arts,” namely painting, drawing, photography, and large scale sculpture, which produce objects solely for their aesthetic quality and capacity to stimulate the intellect.

Victorian Decoration and Design

The Victorian era is noted for orderliness and ornamentation. A house from this period was idealistically divided into rooms, with public and private space carefully separated. The most important room in the home was the parlor and it was the showcase for the homeowner where guests were entertained. A bare room was considered to be in poor taste, so every surface was filled with objects that reflected the owner’s interests and aspirations.

Delicate rose pinks, grays, lavender or sage were the perfect colors or for something warmer, mustard yellow, burgundy or teal were typical for the Victorian style decor.


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As though crafted from nature’s gatherings in the woods, cinnamon sticks cling to a natural cluster of pinecones, cedar sprig and twigs. Clutched by crimson-edged burlap ribbon. 29″.



There were two styles of fabric in the home, first, heavy silk damask or velvet which would be perfect for curtains, the second, a heavily patterned floral print on either toile or chintz – ideal for cushions or seat covers.


The second-most important room was the dining room where the sideboard was most often the focal point of the dining room and very ornately decorated.

Lace was a very popular material for decor and could be found on seat backs, tables and on mantelpieces. Stained glass is a particularly attractive Victorian feature that creates appeal in a modern home. The Victorian furniture itself was extremely ornate although it ranged from heavy to delicate in style.

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What is afternoon tea without biscuits? Our elegant jar keeps delicacies fresh until each finds it’s home on a saucer. Gilded handles.

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Marble was popular in the home throughout the Victorian era. A fireplace or marble-topped table would be a requirement or if it wasn’t possible to have a fireplace, they would simply add touches of marble here and there in the form of statues or decorative items. The high-quality aesthetic that marble brings to a home is just the style that the Victorians were so keen to show off.

Versailles Electric Fireplace


Cozy evenings at home…both elegant and inviting, this cast stone electric fireplace features historic carvings and black fossil tone mantle top. 30″ firebox, on/off remote, thermostat, and timer. 61 x 25 x 45″.



Walls and Ceilings

The walls in the home were painted based on the use of the room. Hallways that were in the entry hall and the stair halls were painted a somber gray so as not to compete with the surrounding rooms. Most people marbleized the walls or the woodwork. Also, on walls, it was common to score into wet plaster to make it resemble blocks of stone. Finishes that were either marbleized or grained were frequently found on doors and woodwork. “Graining” was meant to imitate woods of higher quality that were more difficult to work.

There were specific rules for interior color choice and placement. The theory of “harmony by analogy” was to use the colors that lay next to each other on the color wheel. And the second was the “harmony by contrast” that was to use the colors that were opposite of one another on the color wheel.

Ceilings were usually 8–14 feet high and the color was tinted three shades lighter than the color that was on the walls and usually had a high quality of ornamentation because decorated ceilings were favored.

Arts & Crafts Poppy Leaded Glass Panel


“Sunny Day Gallery” Art Glass. With the assistance of Mother Nature’s radiance, these historical designs will cast dazzling colors within the room.

Variegated panes are married with seeded glass in antique tradition allowing these panes to appear as though they have paid witness to decades of architectural beauty. Each is handcrafted by artisans using the age-old methods.

  • 20 x 11″.
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Wallpaper and wall coverings became accessible with their wide range of designs and varying costs. This was due to the introduction of mass production techniques and, in England, the repeal in 1836 of the wallpaper tax which was introduced in 1712.

Wallpaper was often made in elaborate floral patterns with primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) in the backgrounds and overprinted with colors of cream and tan. This was followed by Gothic art inspired papers in earth tones with stylized leaf and floral patterns.

How To Imitate The Victorian Look?

A very cluttered room was the order of the day, so accessories, soft furnishings, and decorations should be prominently displayed. Ideally, to copy the Victorian design style, every surface should be covered in framed photographs and pictures, China, flowers in vases and souvenirs.

Grand Silver Frame


Behold portraits encompassed within a lavish casing.

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  • Natural stone powder.
  • Fits 8 x 10″ photos.
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For a timeline of the history of the Victorian era, please check this site out.

I also have an article on stained glass that I would love for you to take some time to read. You can find it here!

Thank you for taking some time to read this article and I hope you enjoyed the Victorian decorating ideas. Please leave me a comment below, I really want to know if you enjoyed the products and the information!



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