On-trend Victorian interior designs
If you want to bring some Victorian charm, opulence and lavishness into your home, it’s important to swat up on the era and adopt the right mindset. While some might perceive the Victorians to have been a bit dull, Victorian design trends were anything but dull. In fact, undecorated or bare rooms were an indication of a lack of taste which is why inspiration for that era was drawn from artworks, tapestries and even elaborate Gothic and Greek influences.
Victorian rooms were highly decorated and featured a wide range of patterns, colours, furnishings, pictures and drawings. This period saw a real emergence of individual style, with many using it is an opportunity to show off their new found wealth.
And while you might not want to be overly extravagant, incorporating the best of Victorian interior design into your home on a budget can work wonders to the overall look and feel of your home.
So, with this in mind, here are the on-trend Victoria interior designs you need to know.
Monochrome can either be black and white or a representation of one colour in multiple tones. It was very popular back in the Victorian era, giving properties a timeless elegance. While many people assume monochrome to be black and white, Victorians often played around with monochrome in a variety of colours including multiple shades of green and multiple shades of blue. Many of the tiles used at this time incorporated floral designs in a variety of the same colour. Take a look at the Lamour Airy Green Pattern Tile, for instance, which could be teamed with green walls or soft furnishings for the ultimate individual monochrome style.
Bold pastel colours
If you’ve read any of Charles Dickens’ novels, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that Victorian Britain was all dark, bleak and blackened by coal from the industrial revolution. While this was somewhat true, Victorians also went through a colour revolution inspired by new technology as well as Greek/Gothic literature. Soft sorbet shades and bold pastel colours became increasingly popular, with many homeowners painting each room of their house in a different colour for effect. Victorians also loved rich and deep shades of maroon, red, burgundy, chestnut, dark green, brown and blues.
If you want to incorporate such colour into your Victorian-inspired interior design, then the Matrix Victoria Purple Tile is a good choice. Available in a variety of shapes, this vivid purple tile won’t fail to get noticed.
Black and white
The classic checkerboard pattern in black and white was hugely popular in Victorian Britain and remains so to this day. If your property has Victorian elements such as large bay windows, ornate gable trim, high pitched roofs or decorative red brickwork then monochrome tiles would be the perfect complement. Imagine walking through an arched doorway into a hallway decorated with black and white mosaics or square tiles turned on their sides to create a stunning diamond pattern. Our Arlington Black and White Chequer Tiles have been inspired by the Victorian era and could be the perfect addition to your property. When creating a feature wall or walkway, don’t be afraid to choose a different yet complementary monochrome tile to create a border. This was a popular look in Victorian times.
Art also started to become a lot more accessible during the Victorian era as hand-painted drawings and paintings were replaced by prints. So, you could even find some framed monochrome prints for your hallway or living room or have a go at doing them yourself.
The Victorians’ passion for geometric and patterned floor tiles is well-known, with people using strong lines and shapes to create beautiful walls and floors. With shapes or images repeating over and over again, tiling of this kind looks very busy but can certainly make a statement. The Geometric Chic tile is a perfect example of this albeit with a modern twist.
However, if you’re inspired by the geometric offerings from the Victorian period but want to give your property a modern twist, then don’t miss the Patchwork Arlington – a busy design that will instantly bring to life a minimalist environment.
Inspired by the beautiful designs of Greek temples and the Renaissance churches of Northern Italy, Victorians took it upon themselves to incorporate terracotta charm into their interior designs. Many homes featured terracotta tiling in a red hue or a red and black chequered pattern. If used on the walls, terracotta tiles were often brick shaped and combined two colours.
Terracotta style quarry tiles are a practical, easy-to-clean and hard-wearing choice for kitchen and bathroom floors. They’re also highly durable making them appropriate for high-traffic areas such as hallways.
Parquet flooring is made up of short wooden battens that are slotted together to create a decorative geometric mosaic. The floors of many opulent Victorian homes were often made from oak, maple, cherry, ash, birch and walnut hardwoods. These were inlaid with various coloured planks arranged in geometrical patterns.
If you want to create a similar look but without the price tag associated with real wood, then check out our range of parquet effect tiles. These come in multiple shapes and sizes and can really transform the look and feel of your property. Parquet floors are great for Victorian inspired bedrooms as well. Perhaps you’ve an old fireplace that might benefit from parquet wood surround or want to create an opulent living or dining room.
Marble effect tiles
Victorians were big fans of marble effect but often didn’t have the money to invest in the real marble they so much desired. For this reason, they’d often recreate the look of marble for fireplace surrounds or skirting boards. The good news is you can also recreate a Victorian style without spending big bucks with the help of marble effect tiles from Tile Warehouse. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, marble effect tiles can be used to tile fireplace surrounds and hearths for an opulent centrepiece.
Marble effect tiles also look wonderful in modern living rooms and bathrooms and can be used in kitchens and hallways due to their durability. Marble effect tiles come with a unique vein pattern which creates a unique, sophisticated and classy look.
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