When you mentally transfer yourself to good old England, the first thing that comes to mind is the luxury of beautiful old palaces and family castles.
The refined Victorian style, which was formed in the second half of the XIX century during the reign of the English Queen Victoria, always emphasizes the beautiful aesthetic taste of the owners, as well as their respectability and stability in all spheres of life .
It was during the reign of Queen Victoria that the bourgeoisie began to actively grow rich, thanks to the available colonies and the rapid development of industry, and, as a result, she had a wonderful opportunity to surround herself with expensive luxury items. The British began to travel a lot. On numerous trips, they came into contact with various exotic cultures of the East, with pleasure they acquired their favorite ethnic objects of art and everyday life, with which they decorated their houses in their native land with love.
As a result, in addition to the classical canons, eclecticism, which is characteristic of the Victorian style, partially united the elements of exotic (Chinese and Indian style), Gothic and Rococo.
style Victorian home decor
For the interior in Victorian style is characterized by deconstruction: each room is decorated in a certain style. For example, the Gothic style is maintained during the design of the library, and the boudoir (ladies' room) is decorated in the rococo style.
The decoration, furnishing and decoration of rooms with precious woods and expensive textiles emphasize the status and level of wealth of the owner of a noble house. In the Victorian interior, almost all materials and antique accessories used in the design of rooms cannot be replaced with more economical options. Everything must look expensive and reliable.
Far not everyone is willing to bear such high costs for expensive decoration of your home, but artists, politicians, businessmen and other accomplished people, who appreciate old times and traditions, gladly prefer the magnificence of the Victorian style:
Books - an attribute of Victorian style
A granite fireplace, enclosed by a metal fence, is central, integral part of the living room, which is always the pride of the British.
For an Englishman, the book is sacred. Therefore, the presence in the library house, a large number of shelves and racks, abundantly cluttered with books, is also mandatory.
Flowers in the living room
Also characteristic of the Victorian interior is the abundance of indoor plants, which usually grouped on the floor in one corner of the room. Pots pick up, as a rule, clay, monophonic, in harmony with the color scheme of the decoration of the room.
An abundance of vases, screens, caskets, ottomans, ashtrays made of precious metals and stones, cabinet sets (supports for pencils and pens), full-length mirrors, edged with beautiful frames, like paintings, all this you will surely see in authentic Victorian interior.
The important role is played by canopies, curtains and bedspreads. The rooms are decorated with the best curtain fabrics, skilfully draped and decorated with fringe or pompon braid. Heavy curtains should be combined with light lace tulle curtains.
Living room in dark colors
Victorian style always involves harmony, poise and symmetry. In such a house, everything is permeated with a sense of proportion, despite simultaneous saturation.
As a rule, furniture is selected either in a light brown color or in dark red-brown shades. And, accordingly, the rest of the decor elements will be chosen from pale pink, lilac (lavender), delicate almond tones in the case of light furnishings and to red-brown colors for mahogany or oak furniture.
Gilding, inlaid with precious stones and metals, and drape in red-ruby or emerald-green tones add special elegance to the expensive interior.
Wall decoration with fabric or wallpaper with stripes, or with a delicate pattern of blooming roses, realistic painted animals and birds - all this is an integral part of the Victorian interior. Often the walls are decorated with wallpaper with a complex, unusual ornamental three-dimensional pattern, resembling a bas-relief.
Today, Britain's wall-paper imitating fabric, which depicts maple, oak, birch leaves, fern, or forest flowers and berries, is very popular today.
Above the wallpaper, panels made of precious wood, half the size or a third of the height of the walls of the room, are attached. Such panels do not have a thread, but are decorated with elegant ornaments. In no case can the panels be varnished, as glossy shine is alien to the Victorian interior.
Paintings with paintings, as a rule, are hung on special slats made of the same wood species as the panels.
It is interesting that the unusual combination of a Scottish cage with a floral ornament fits perfectly into refined English style.
Modern imitation of the Victorian style
Parquet made of natural tree species is also characteristic of the flooring in an English prosperous house. But a tile with an original pattern or ornament can also serve as a floor covering.
The interior of the Victorian era can be described as luxurious, cozy and at the same time discreet, strict. But, of course, one thing - this style of the interior is an expensive pleasure, which is only for accomplished and respectable people.
Bed with canopy
The fireplace in the living room
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