Design Basics Of Victorian Interior Design – How To Pull Off This Style

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Guest Post Jason Phillips

The Victorian interior design concept focuses on tertiary colors created from the mix of primary and secondary colors. Generally, darker shades are linked to the Victorian style and materials such as mahogany wood and rosewood, as well as silver and wrought iron. Early Victorian houses had walls painted in lighter colors. Richer nuances were used in the dining area and in the library. Later on, designers of the period switched to deep tones, grayer blue, and darker green to minimize effects of stains from oil lamps and grime.

Victorian Styles Seen In In The Dining Room

Victorian colors are subdued and tepid, and include creamy backgrounds, mahogany browns, walnut influences, shades of plum, teal, black, golds, mustardy yellows, and aubergine. Dining areas are decorated in a sage & olive color palette with "dusty" hues and lavender shades. The bright shades of white and beautiful pastels we have today are not specific to the Victorian design style, since homes were not using paint to change the decor back in the 1800s.

A Victorian home emphasizes complex patterns, multiple wallpapers, oriental rugs, and luxurious fabrics. Victorians were in love with patterned accessories, so they used them every time they had the chance throughout their houses. The furniture was particularly intriguing.

Tables and chairs were made of hardwood, usually mahogany, and they all had meticulous designs carved to give them an allure of opulence and extravagance.

Everything in a Victorian-inspired dining area was bursting with designs and patterns - linens, sofas, draperies, tables, chairs,  and antique iron made dining rooms seem expensive, prolific and eye-popping. This sense of design was also romantic, meaning homeowners were using luxurious fabrics and carved furnishing to give space a royal appeal.

The Victorian Design Style - Stylish & Comfortable

Even though it may seem too much for the modern eye, the Victorian interior design style is comfortable and tasteful. Many homeowners today want to make their homes seem elaborate, welcoming, and well-appointed. Floral patterns, stripes, damasks, and geometric accessories are all characteristic to the Victorian design style. Back in the 1800s, upper class homes had to look extravagant to convey a feeling of wealth. Although we don't have that many color combinations anymore, the trend is still alive today, only it has been adapted to modern rules of interior design.

The furniture ranges from subtle to massive and elaborate items. Lavish decorations, stained glass, china, knick-knacks, lace, souvenirs, busts, prints, paintings, and patterned fabrics are interior decor pieces homeowners can use to give their homes a Victorian vibe. Today's Victorian space is no longer that cluttered though. The dining area for example, has to look clean and soothing in order to be modern too.

You can include a huge dining table made of hardwood right in the middle. Make sure it's not painted and opt for a set with beautiful carvings and sculptural influences. Purchase matching chairs, and place a patterned painting on the wall. Keep the walls white, add flowers and try not to overcrowd your dining room. Make it look Victorian but stick to the basics and don't include too many accessories.

Romanticism - The Reason People Love The Victorian Style

Romanticism is the strongest reason homeowners love the Victorian decor. It evokes imageries of European fairytales with gargoyles and turrets. Seriously carved furnishings, beautiful layers of luxurious fabrics, and exotic trimmings make the Victorian style romantic and sensual. That's exactly what the modern home needs, a touch of innovation to make it seem unusual and appealing. Dining areas in particular, are the easiest to adorn. Leaving aside furniture elements, walls, and paintings, a dining area should include vintage china and linens specific to the Victorian period. In terms of color, shades of ruby, burgundy, plum, and emerald are exactly what you need to give your home a Victorian appeal.

The Victorian interior design style will never go out of style. Even the trendiest homes today have some sort of vintage-inspired decorations to make them look opulent, luxurious, and ingenious. Whether you can afford to purchase carved furniture items or you just want to add a Victorian-inspired rug in your home, the goal is to have a balanced end result. Think outside the box, improvise, and make your personal space look rich with Victorian decor accents.

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Latest Trend – Lighter, Softer Tones

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Wood types in dark colors such as rosewood, teak, walnut, and mahogany have been populating our homes for decades. Murky, shadowy hues in wood are not in trend anymore because they make homes seem too sinister. Softer tones have finally made an appearance, and this year the most popular types of wood are oak, pine, chestnut, maple, and birch. Invest in light, organic wood elements to open up your home and make it brighter. Give your personal space a complete makeover and add soft wood tones to prepare it for the bright summer season.

Honey-Toned Woods - pastels, crisp white and beige make spaces open up

What we love most about light wood is that it makes rooms bigger, wider and airier. The traditional office space from 10 years ago was all gloomy and cluttered due to darker shades of wood used for desks and bookshelves. Things have changed a lot, and we finally understand that offices should be light and bright for us to work properly and enjoy our time spent in front of a desk. Honey-toned woods, crisp whites and pastels are excellent for this summer season.

One of the most pleasurable aspects of interior decorating with wood is selecting the pieces of furniture and mixing them with the rest of your decor items. Coordinating individual elements and making seem harmonious when combined can be challenging for the average homeowner with no eye for interior design. Nonetheless, learning how to blend wood colors can also be a rewarding experience. Mixing light & bright birch, complimenting a home decor with pleasant mid-tones of oak, and including decor elements made of pine can be exhausting. And yet, you can make your home look both attractive and cohesive if you invest in the right wood tones.

Light Wood Tones Feel Less Heavy

Both traditional and contemporary homes should invest in lighter wood items for their personal spaces. The fine texture of maple for example, will brighten up your living room and it will change its appearance to 180 degrees. Purchase a maple coffee table and enjoy the resistant, beautiful properties of this wood type.

Pine is also an excellent alternative to darker furniture items. It is a soft wood that grows mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Featuring over 100 species around the world, pine comes in pale yellow and white shades, perfect for a modern home decor.

Raw Wood

This summer season is all about making homes seem all-natural, organic, and raw. Wood can help us achieve that effect. Tables, chairs, and desks made of raw oak wood with no staining, lacquer or polish can be an excellent addition to a classic, traditional living room decor. You don't need a lot of money to buy a raw wood table as you can always grab a sander and do the work yourself. Head over to your garage and look for the oldest, most unattractive table you have stashed behind books and others items. You'll certainly find something worth restoring.

Light Wood Is Becoming Increasingly More Popular

Unlike dark wood, lighter tones are meant to add light into a room. Whether you choose to buy new furniture in brighter shades of wood, or you're thinking of restoring old elements, always remember that it can be extremely versatile. It goes perfectly with all types of decor influences. Wood is a malleable material. It is extremely structural, and thus it blends smoothly with a modern home. On the other hand, it can also be used to give your home a traditional, cottage appeal.

Soft wood is excellent for a DIY project. If you're the type of homeowner who cares for the environment and would rather make a table rather than buy it, you should probably head over online to explore the countless DIY projects to make decor items from wood. It's amazing how much wooden decorations can change our home's appeal. Softer, lighter hues will make our spaces seem wider, brighter and a lot more welcoming for friends and family. Among some of the most convenient types of wood we have oak, chestnut, birch and pine. They're all excellent choices for wooden tables and chairs, not to mention that investing in these types of wood is quite affordable.

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5 Tips To Re-Decorate Your Kitchen For Less

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Redecorating a kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you have a specific budget in mind. What would you like to fix? Have you ever thought of repainting the cabinets? Believe it or not, repainting is one of the most cost-effective ways of bringing a kitchen to life. The whole process is not really complicated if you hire a contractor, and although it can be rather challenging if you choose to repaint yourself, the end result will certainly exceed your expectations. Prior to getting started, there are some things to clear out such as: choosing the paint and the color, selecting a style (minimalist, vintage, etc.) and setting up a budget to buy the paint.

Vintage Colors For Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen is usually made of lots of cabinets, counters, and electrical appliances. A traditional cooking space comes with a kitchen island and the basic color for the entire space is usually white. Americans love their white kitchens because they look spacious, clean, and orderly. Don’t you think it’s time to make a change? Aren’t you sick and tired of all that white?

The newest trend in redecorating kitchens is to opt for vintage shades. These are usually inspired from the textures of different types of wood such as red oak, mahogany, or cherry. It’s truly amazing what a pop of color can do to a space, and redecorating a kitchen by repainting cabinets is the cheapest, smartest way of making a visible change.

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Breathable Kitchen

How do you make a kitchen breathable? It's easy. First of all you get rid of the dark shades. Throw your black curtains to the garbage, and welcome natural light into your space. Keep things white because you can always add color using accessories. Your next step is to plant flower pots and herbs. Adorning your cooking space with home-grown wheatgrass, lavender, mint, basil, rosemary and numerous other types of herbs you can use in your recipes, is an excellent way of creating an airy environment on a budget.

The Island – The Centrepiece Of Your Kitchen

Kitchen islands are extremely practical if you have a spacious cooking space. Unfortunately, because they’re intensely used the color usually wears off really fast. Homeowners have specific requests when it comes to their islands, and they’re usually linked to shape, material type, and color. Cooking all day long is great, yet it’s equally important to invest in high-quality materials such as hardwood for example.

If however, you’re not that fond with the way natural wood looks like, you can easily repaint your kitchen island. Don’t forget that it’s the centrepiece of your entire kitchen, so it must stand out. If the rest of your space is white, beige, or cream, doesn’t be afraid to take a risk and paint your island in black for example. If you’re feeling more daring, more opulent shades like fuchsia, red, purple, and yellow are equally recommended.

Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

You don’t need a big budget to repaint your kitchen cabinets. All you need is to find a competent contractor and the right type of paint. Sometimes, everything your space needs is a splash of color to make it modern and vibrant again. If you don’t have a big budget at your disposal you can repaint some of your cabinets. Take some time to look at your kitchen and analyse your cabinets. Which one is the most used? Which one is the oldest? Which one do you think is bringing your kitchen down?

Cabinet painting is an excellent way of making your kitchen look inspirational. Colour makes spaces look different when there’s not enough money for a complete makeover, and that’s ok. You’d be surprised how ingenious a kitchen can look if you combine the right shades and textures. Have you ever thought of refacing your cabinets? The technique is extremely easy to use; it involves placing a new surface over the outside parts of the cabinets. It’s not messy but if you’re not familiar with the term, hiring someone to do it might seem like an excellent idea.

Innovative Use Of Material - Stainless Steel

Unlike hardwood, stainless steel is a lot more convenient. It's the type of material you can use to make your whole kitchen stand out. Use shelf-adhesive sheeting for the walls of your kitchen island, or slap up metal tiles to create a sleek backsplash. In combination with your appliances, the whole cooking space will look innovative, original, and unique.

Stainless steel influences in the kitchen are excellent for modern spaces. If you're a vintage freak you can always opt for wrought iron furniture pieces. They're really cheap! Invest in chairs, kitchen ware with an old-fashioned appeal, and art. It's amazing how much you can do with some basic ideas.

Paint has the power to change your kitchen’s appeal entirely, and it’s great that you don’t need a big budget to make that happen. Whether you choose to hire someone to do the painting or you’re feeling ready to try out a DIY project, always remember your goal: to make your kitchen look new, fresh, and welcoming for your guests and loved ones. Have you decided on a color yet? It’s important to get informed prior to making a decision. Check out the web for some tips on how to choose the right paint, view some tutorials, and don’t be shy to ask if you don’t know what color to pick. A proper blend is extremely important if you want the end result to make you adore your new kitchen.
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