Whether you are looking to add slight hints of Victorian elegance into your living room or give your entire home a Victorian makeover, you can easily do so without making your home too outdated. By simply adding hints of Victorian style into your exiting decor, you can infuse the past and the present together for a look that is polished, organized and unique. Here are some modern, Victorian inspired decorating ideas to consider adding into your home.
Antique birdcages are a unique element of home decorating, and can be mixed and matched together throughout your home for Victorian inspired look that remains contemporary and fresh. White, distressed birdcages will make your home feel more like a Victorian cottage, while sleek, gold birdcages will evoke thoughts of a Victorian manor. Birdcages with hooks on the top can be suspended from your ceiling by hooks, while tall, standing cages can simply rest on your floor or on a decorative table.
To keep your house feeling fresh and inviting, lay a small sheet of newspaper on the bottom of the birdcage and fill the cage with scented potpourri.
Ornamental mirrors can be found at virtually any thrift or antique store, and are an inexpensive way to add Victorian flair to your walls. Paint the frames gold for a true Victorian look, or paint them white for a more soft, feminine look. Oval shaped ornamental mirrors will keep your decor simple, while uniquely shaped mirrors will make your decorating stand out.
Floral prints were a staple of Victorian home decorating, but can feel extremely outdated in a modern home. To make floral prints work in your contemporary household, choose very simple prints with large spacing between the flowers and extremely small floral motifs. This will fuse the past and present, keeping true to your Victorian theme without making your house feel “old.”
Wooden furniture was generally carved in great detail, and this look is very easy and inexpensive to replicate on your existing furniture. Apply appliques to your current furniture and then paint or stain over the surface of both the furniture and the applique. This will create the illusion that the design of the applique is carved into your furniture.