Are you looking to add some Victorian bling to your home décor? Something that smacks of romance but a touch hardcore? Victorian Goth does not have to be scary nor should it scare your family. This style is about romance but it’s updated with modern touches and a hint of the dark side. Let’s think about some elements that make Victorian Goth what it is. Begin with chandeliers; bright sparkly ones that drip from the ceiling. Or maybe antique lamps completely restyled with shiny baubles and gloss black replacing dated brass. Or wallpaper with a slight shine that catches light and adds brilliance and excitement.
Now where do we start? Begin by choosing the room and in this case we will redecorate the living room. Let’s give it a drawing room feel that would give the Queen of England just a little tinge of jealousy. To make it easy on the pocketbook we are going to design this with minimal cost, however – and just to make it clear there are often a few things that you will have to invest in – but more on that later.
Spend a few hours at antique stores and pick up a lamp that has crystal or glass baubles hanging from it. Surprisingly enough these are easy to find and cost very little. Ours was $10 and we made it gorgeous! Take the lamp apart – each and every piece and remove the electrical wire. You can rewire it to use it again or simply treat it as a decorative accessory. Paint each metal piece gloss black from a can of black spray paint and clean the baubles with glass cleaner. Once the paint is dry reassemble your lamp and now you have a gorgeous piece that is Goth inspired with Victorian elegance. I would also suggest replacing the lampshade with a black and white patterned one. Again – this updates your piece and keeps the colors consistent.
Elegant wall patterns add sophistication that doesn’t break the bank. Head over to your local wallpaper store and pick up enough wallpaper for one wall. Choose a design that is broad vertical stripes in blue/ grays which add a cool tone and graceful design. You can pay an installer to apply the wallpaper or simply do it yourself but when you are working with such straight lines I advise that you hire someone to do it right. Paint the rest of the walls a complimentary color or the same blue shade.
Your sofa should look like it goes with your wallpaper so here is where you may need to spend some money. You could simply add decorative pillows in black and white patterns which would look great but it may not match your sofa. Victorian is about patterns so push the envelope and choose a sofa upholstered in black and white chintz pattern then add accent pillows that are heavily textured such as chenille or even shag!
And finally lighting. Often lighting is the last item added and the most forgotten. Your lighting needs attention to so here’s where you will add your shiny ornate chandelier that drips with crystal or cut glass. This is the piece de resistance and should be noticed! Hire an electrician if you don’t have the proper wiring already installed.
For added touches accessorize a bit with candlesticks, stacks of old books, black and white photos in crystal frames or gloss white resin deer heads. For fun include a bar area, (think Mad Men) with a crystal decanter, 1950’s era highball glasses and a bottle of bourbon. The great thing about Victorian is too much may not even be enough. Pattern and texture are everywhere and subtle is a bad word.