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
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…