Victorian Design in Detail

November 2, 2018

For some, owning a modern Victorian house sounds like a dream. That is, until they move in and find that it’s not only the features that are fitting with the period, but the things that keep the house together too.

Regardless, introducing Victorian design into your home doesn’t need to be challenging. Here we’ll look at some ways that you can bring certain touches into your home without going overboard.

The History of Victorian Design

It began after the Industrial Revolution, when the middle class were finally able to invest in the interior design and décor of their homes. During Queen Victoria’s reign there was a huge increase in the production of household accessories that people could afford. Furnishings and fabrics were suddenly a way to showcase your wealth, so rooms became cluttered with large wallpaper print, heavy fabrics, and decorative lamps. This is a stark contrast to the minimalist interiors that came a little later.

For the Victorians, it was all about creating homes that were unique, full of character and willing to embrace every design opportunity that came their way.

Blending Modern and Victorian Styles

Creating a modern Victorian interior is achieved by merging the two together. To avoid creating something that looks as though you’ve taken ahold of Queen Victoria’s cast-offs, your interior must be carefully thought out. Here are some ways to achieve a perfect mixture:

Reupholstering antique dining chairs with a modern graphic print

Choose antique finishes for your light fittings and fixtures

Juxtaposing a modern brass lamp with fringed furnishings

Pair an antique bedframe with an abstract rug

Create a feature wall with large, floral prints

Start by adding a few Victorian interior ideas into your home and you’ll soon see what creates harmony. Perhaps the easiest place to start is with your accessories. At Wandsworth, we’ve defined the elegance of the Victorian period in our designs. Available in a choice of polished brass or antique finishes, our styles can add matchless grace to any interior.

If you’d like to speak to our team of experts about your design vision, or to discuss how our range of beautiful lighting products could help you create the style for your home you’ve always dreamed of, contact us today on +44 (0) 1483 713400 or at


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