How to bring your Vic­to­rian home into the 21st cen­tury

Bring your Vic­to­rian home up to date while still cel­e­brat­ing its orig­i­nal de­tails with these stylish ideas, says JO SIM­MONS To­day’s moody dark hues work bril­liantly with Vic­to­rian fea­tures and are in keep­ing with that pe­riod’s love of dark shades

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Many of us live in Vic­to­rian homes. From hand­some town houses to humble ter­races, prop­er­ties from this pe­riod were typ­i­cally solidly built and sim­ply con­fig­ured. In­side, they were full of in­ter­est­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing sash win­dows, ceil­ing roses, cast- iron fire­places, cor­nic­ing and tall skirt­ing boards.

These days, we con­sider these orig­i­nal fea­tures as in­te­gral a part of the in­te­rior as the kitchen sink, but it wasn’t al­ways the case. Cheap mod­ernising swept through Bri­tain af­ter the Sec­ond World War and only re­ally calmed down in the 1980s. Dur­ing that time, many fire­places, pan­elled doors and cor­nices were ripped out and re­placed with ply­wood, melamine and lurid wall­cov­er­ings in a bid to bring Vic­to­rian homes up to date.

To­day, though, a more con­sid­ered ap­proach is the norm. We want to pre­serve or re­in­state orig­i­nal fea­tures to bring char­ac­ter to our home with­out com­pro­mis­ing on con­tem­po­rary style and func­tion­al­ity.

Of­ten this means mar­ry­ing hall­ways, liv­ing rooms and bed­rooms burst­ing with au­then­tic char­ac­ter with a highly ef­fi­cient kitchen and bath­room.

But there are other ways of cel­e­brat­ing your Vic­to­rian home’s an­ces­try with­out liv­ing in a mu­seum piece. Here’s how…

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