You don't have to have a Victorian home to decorate with a Victorian country-inspired theme. You can choose from multiple furnishing styles too -- there was not a single style that dominated during the Victorian age. Even in country homes, a luxurious living or parlor room served as the place to entertain guests with a sense of flair and panache.
In the Kitchen
The one thing about Victorian kitchens that makes them a standout is size. With ample cabinets that go all the way to ceiling and wrap around the room, the Victorian kitchen focuses on the center work area. You can add one or replace an old one with a kitchen island that allows for food prep on one side, with a higher side that serves as a breakfast or eating bar. White beadboard cabinetry replicates the Victorian country kitchen look, but add some lead glass doors on upper cabinets for your china display or decor accents. Modern track lighting elements with long pendant lights and frosted upside-down tulip glass shades pay homage.
Dark red or burgundy walls in a dining room make a bold statement when outfitted with a table and chairs reproduced in the Queen Anne style. Or add burgundy tufted satin to a focal wall to go all out with the look, and embossed wallpaper throughout the rest of the room. Black lacquered chairs and tables lit by an antique crystal chandelier set the tone for sumptuous dining in style. A globe or objets d'art from your travels make for interesting Victorian-style decor embellishments in the dining room.
Victorian country homes typically outfitted the formal living room or parlor area to welcome guests. Usually the most luxurious of all the rooms in the home, it often had furnishings with rich fabrics such as velvet, brocade, jacquard or leather. But in a home well lived-in or with kids and pets, these upholstery fabrics may not be sensible. Opt for leather instead, but make an investment in a dark or chocolate brown full-grain -- or at least top-grain -- Chesterfield sofa with matching overstuffed chair. Two wing-back chairs in a sage green opposite the couch welcome conversations with guests. A reproduction Tiffany floor lamp adds light and color, while faux ostrich feathers in a large enameled vase give a nod to the era.
Master Bedroom Retreat
A four-poster bed that has sheer panels drawn back with shiny off-white satin ribbons and a large, white plumped comforter ringed in lace create a definitely feminine and Victorian vibe in the bedroom. A wool area rug with a flower motif edged in a sage border, even over carpet, creates a cozy feel. Add a fainting couch in soft salmon to complement the sage green drapes over lacy sheers on the windows. Carry the Victorian theme right into the en suite bathroom, with a pearl white claw-foot tub, chrome hardware, standalone glass shower and an antique or reproduction Queen Anne vanity table and chair.
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