Ver­sa­tile Vic­to­rian

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Ros Byam Shaw shows that you don’t need to have Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture to in­cor­po­rate your fa­vorite 19th cen­tury stylings into your home. Like­wise, even Vic­to­rian-built homes can fea­ture trea­sures span­ning the cen­turies for a more ver­sa­tile ap­pear­ance. These simple sug­ges­tions may put a new spin on your Vic­to­rian style.

Sea­son a non-vic­to­rian home with Vic­to­rian el­e­ments Con­sider us­ing a Vic­to­rian-in­spired choice for your walls. Simple flo­ral or na­ture-in­spired wall­pa­pers can add sub­tle Vic­to­rian flair to a room. Or paint the walls a rich, muted color, like ap­ple green or mus­tard.

For fur­nish­ings, in­fuse an­tique Vic­to­rian pieces into your interior de­sign. Whether you have chintz tex­tiles from an es­tate sale or a 19th cen­tury doll­house from an antiques shop, these simple ad­di­tions will add Vic­to­rian charm and el­e­gance to your dé­cor.

Di­ver­sify your Vic­to­rian home To broaden your au­then­tic Vic­to­rian home, keep an eye out for trea­sures from ev­ery cen­tury. That may mean go­ing on a New Eng­land road trip in search of an 18th cen­tury end table, or even choos­ing to mod­ern­ize with more present-day fea­tures. Along­side dozens of 19th cen­tury antiques, even mid­cen­tury kitchen­ware will look new. Just make sure you like the pieces you’re adding and they fit the aes­thetic you’re hop­ing to achieve in your Vic­to­rian home.

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