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How to Accentuate Victorian Home Design

Kitchen of a Victorian house with round window

Whether your home was actually built in the Victorian era or it just oozes Victorian charm, there are so many beautiful features you probably want to highlight. From all of the beautiful colors to the gorgeous and intricate details that probably exist all over your home, there are so many ways you can bring the focus to the true charm that exists all over.

No matter what your personal style is or how much decorating you’ve already done, there are still plenty of ways you can accentuate your home’s very best features. Here are just a few ways you can accentuate a Victorian home design.

Stylized Modern Elements

Even though this might sound contradictory, adding a few stylized modern elements into your home’s design can actually highlight some of the intricate Victorian features of your home.

Specifically, if your house already has a lot of charm, using modern and sleek elements to allow the bones of the house to really shine is a great technique, especially if you want to put a bit of a twist on your Victorian home.

Find Quality Pieces

In addition to including some modern elements, one of the best things you can do in order to make the Victorian vibes really pop is to match the quality of your furnishings and artwork to the quality that’s present all around the home. Make sure everything blends smoothly and looks natural together.

Fix Up That Fireplace

One of the amazing features that so many Victorian-era homes have is a fireplace. This can be a fantastic blessing both for practical and aesthetic purposes.

If your home happens to have a fireplace, use it as a central point of the room, fix it up, and actually use it! You can even enhance the details of it by adding a wood mantel and cleaning the brick.

Utilize Natural Light

Even though the Victorian era is often praised for beautiful lampshades and glasswork, there’s something to be said for bringing natural light into a space to help it feel uplifted and bright.

One of the downfalls of Victorian home design is that they can often begin to feel dark and enclosed without proper lighting. With that in mind, try going for thinner curtains and drapes so you can use the sunlight as long as possible.

 Victorian house red-brick extension

Dust It Off

Getting into all of those nooks and crannies might be difficult, but it must be done. Victorian-era homes, and really any home that has a lot of intricate details built in, can sometimes collect a lot of dust.

As long as you’re good about dusting and cleaning regularly, this shouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure you don’t get too far behind and start finding dust bunnies.

Add Personal Touches

When a house feels like it has historical significance, it can sometimes feel unnatural to personalize it too much. However, it’s important to remember that the home is yours and you should be able to decorate it and feel comfortable in it.

Therefore, adding personal touches like photos, art you love, and even anachronistic accessories can actually make the space even better!

Play With Color

The Victorian era has a few colors that are heavily associated with it. Jewel tones, dark colors, and rich neutrals are often associated with the Victorian era the most. However, if you’re trying to bring a bit of a modern twist into your home, one of the best ways you can do it is by playing with color a little bit.

Even if you don’t go all out, it can be a great exercise to see what colors you think might complement the ones already present in your home.

Go Green

One thing that can often be present in historical homes of any era is a feeling of stillness or stagnance. One of the best ways to do away with this feeling and bring a bit of lively energy into a space is to include plants and greenery.

Even if you aren’t the best at gardening, adding a few plants here and there can uplift your space and make it feel much more optimistic. Plus, lots of plant species carry out low-level air filtration, which definitely can’t hurt.

Accentuating Victorian Home Design

Victorian-era home design can be extremely beautiful and captivating. No matter what kind of features your home has, there are so many ways you can accentuate them with your own personal decor to make your home a beautiful and uplifting space.



Evelyn Long is the editor-in-chief of Renovated. Her work focuses on interior and architectural design and has been published by Build Magazine, the National Association of REALTORS and other online publications.