Cre­at­ing an Au­then­tic Vic­to­rian Home

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Charlecote has many beau­ti­ful

fea­tures, which you can recre­ate in your own Vic­to­rian home. Many an­tique globes dou­ble as liquor cab­i­nets and would make in­ter­est­ing fea­tures in a li­brary, study or draw­ing room.

One of the prob­lems with buy­ing replica Vic­to­rian items is they look shiny and new, which may be at odds with the rus­tic, old feel of the rest of the house. If you buy metal dec­o­ra­tive items with­out lac­quer, a nat­u­ral patina ef­fect will de­velop, which makes the item look aged.

Re­claimed doors can add an au­then­tic Vic­to­rian feel and help you find a suit­able match for other old doors in your prop­erty.

Wooden and plas­ter mold­ings can also add a great Vic­to­rian feel to any home. Cast iron fire­places cre­ate an au­then­tic look, and restora­tion glass makes pe­riod win­dows more au­then­tic and in­ter­est­ing. Col­ors vary, as the glass may not be quite flat, and there might be bub­bles—but that’s all con­sis­tent with a his­toric home and part of its charm.

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