Sophisticated Victorian Living Room
If you want to create a Victorian living room of your own, you must be very particular about ornate designs to produce dramatic visual effects. You can start to mix up the colors, and don’t be shy when selecting hues to create a Victorian living room. Victorians’ favorite colors included mauve, purple, bottle-green and red, and a single room could use most or all of these colors. Choose seating pieces that are upholstered in velvet, brocade, needlepoint or crewel-embroidered fabrics, and add toss pillows. Exposed wood is typical on the upholstered furnishings; examples would be carved feet and legs, arm rests, and wood trim along the upper backs of chairs and sofas. Use a variety of occasional tables – carved, bamboo, faux bamboo, marble-topped, spindled – near the seating. Set traditional-style lamps, especially porcelain ginger-jar types, atop the tables, with crocheted doilies underneath. Drape the windows with elaborate treatments including swags, valances and tiebacks. Trim the draperies with fringes, tassels, cords and braid.
Hang ancestral portraits, botanical pictures and mirrors on the Victorian living room walls. You may also hang Victorian-style plates or platters, candle sconces, old family photos and mirrors in elaborate gold or carved-wood frames. Embellish the room with tall baseboard moldings. Accessorize the room with a wood-case grandfather clock and a fern stand. Place a patterned area rug, with a leaf or scroll design or an Oriental pattern, over the wall-to-wall carpet or hard-surface flooring in the room.