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How to Mix the Modern and Victorian Styles into the Interiors

Owning a Victorian home sounds dreamy. The character-laden ancient antiquity will make you nostalgic for a bygone era. However, the over-embellished nature of the Victorian style does not really go with modern trends. So, if you want it to work in your contemporary setting, you have to figure out a way to mix and match the two styles. Let’s check these tips to find out how to do that mashup to achieve that eclectic look.

Go for a Careful Mixture 

Renovating an entire Victorian home will be costly. So, an eclectic approach that shares the fair concoction of each of the style sounds practical. However, you certainly don’t want an unsightly mess of accessories and décor elements from the two genres clashing with each other.

A well thought out design scheme such as decorating the dining room with a Victorian style settee, classic wing chair, and a clean, modern sofa will help to achieve the appearance you are looking for. Choose a traditional color palette such as the blend of black and off-white, so the entire space look tied together.

 Crown Molding

 It may look completely out of place if you want to incorporate it into a contemporary or mid-century modern home. But, if it has a Victorian quality and character, crown molding can transform the ambiance and add visual interest and value. You can choose something ornate but keep the rest of the décor and furnishings understated featuring minimal patterns and clean lines. Such a room will be the perfect statement of a modern Victorian style.

Bring Craftsman Character with Wainscoting

 If you are up for some renovations, wainscoting decorations, cornice, and dado rails could be some great options. These will bring an instant Victorian flavor into any room of your house. Hold together the juxtaposition of eras by bringing decorative cornicing, ornate plasterwork, and wainscoting panels together with slick sideboard and low-slung sofa into the living room. Such elements were important in Victorian home décor, and they give a place the much-needed form and shape.

Don’t be Scared of Colors

People from the past periods were open to colors. White and other neutral shades had only a little space in that time of lavishness and self-indulgence. People were fond of bold shades such as rich hues of blue, green, red, gold, and others. However, you have to ask in the local paint shop about the heritage color line because those hues were somewhat matte in nature.

If you live in a contemporary home with an open floor plan, use individual accent tones to separate different areas and add the old-world drama. If the house is old-style, paint all the rooms in different hues. Such a color scheme will show a contemporary twist with period details.

Bring in Quality Woodwork

 During the Victorian era, the quality of joinery was directly proportionate to the status and value of the home. Our predecessors had a knack for furniture made of expensive woods such a walnut, mahogany, and oak. Besides, hand crafting, hand carving, and embroidered details were also very popular. The high-quality belongings were a statement of the wealth of the homeowner. So, repurposing the salvaged old-style furniture or adding carved wooden pieces in lamp shades, mirror frames, or window trims will add a Victorian vibe.

 Incorporate the Fine Details

 Don’t forget about it because Victorian people just loved the elaborate decoration. However, the excessive character of that era is in direct contradiction with the restrained, straight-edged nature of the modern style. How can you make them work together? Well, you can scatter some high-shine furnishings around the room, add romance via fresh flowers, and use a textured rug on the floor to achieve a lavishly layered look with a modern flair.

These innovative ways will help you to bring the spirit and appeal of the Victorian era without ruining the modern charm. You just have to be careful that all the matching and mixing does not look out of place and ruin the aesthetic of the interiors.

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