Victorian parlors have this stately, elegant feel that you can instantly recognize. Opulent and comfortable, the Victorian living room is the perfect space to retire after dinner and read your favourite book with a glass of your favourite scotch. Would you like to get the old-world feel of the Victoria living room today? Let’s have a look at some ideas and products to get you started.
Couches and seats
When it comes to sofas and seats, the more ornate the better for a Victorian living room. Choose dark leather or a neutral fabric shade like tan or beige.
The Ashley North Shore Leather Sofa is a perfect choice for the Victorian-minded homeowner. Its curved back and rolled armrests along with the delicate woodwork along the edges have this elegant and stately feel that every Victorian living room needs.
The Victorian living room uses dark, strong colors; nothing too bright or modern. This is why dark leather or muted neutrals are best for furniture choices.
For individual seating, “coaster”-type chairs fit very well within the Victoria style. This Queen Anne tufted coaster chair with ottoman has an interesting fabric pattern that works very well in a Victorian living room. Leather also works fine for this kind of seating.
Coffee and side tables
Typical Victorian-style living rooms have several tables on which to set your favorite teapot or book. You need at least one coffee table, a few side tables and a sideboard. The style should be in keeping with the seating: old-world, ornate and stately.
An accent table like the Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Oval Side Table will do perfectly–the round shape recalls the curves of the couch, and the ornate legs and brass accents will fit right in.
If you want to add a real touch of Victorian to your living room, you’ll cover your tables in some kind of fabric: a scarf, a piece of lace, a heirloom tablecloth. This is how Victorians protected their surfaces, and it adds depth and dimension to your décor.
Accessories and decor items
The Victorians were found of their explorations and colonies around the world; but so were they of their own heritage at home. The Victorian living room featured colonial items that changed depending on the period; items from India, China, Africa and the Caribbean switched around depending on the seasons and fashions.
Therefore, a curio cabinet is an essential item to have in the Victorian living room. Stylish choices include the Pulaski Eden Corner Curio Cabinet or the Howard Miller Berkshire Corner Display Curio Cabinet.
Ornate mirrors and art in beautiful frames are also essential. They punctuate the walls with visual elements, adding to the tone of the whole room. Don’t be afraid to hang heirlooms, even if it doesn’t quite fit; Victorians were fond of keeping items that reminded them of previous generations.
Area rugs are also a good idea for the Victorian living room; choose an Eastern pattern like this beautiful Safavieh Mahal Navy Traditional Rug. Victorians got their rugs from the colonies, of course, so the more traditional the better.
Don’t forget the grandfather clock, the ornate velvety drapes, the traditional chandeliers, the globes and bookcases. The Victorian living room is cozy, almost too full; it is ornate and traditional, in strong but muted colors, and filled with items from every corner of the world.
The Victorian living room is the anti-minimalist space–if you like the busier side of décor, you might just like this style.