While the current trend when building houses, is to go for a modern, minimalistic look, there may be some others who prefer the old world charm and elegance that comes with Victorian houses. If you are one of those people, then here are a few ways in which you can make your house look like it was taken straight out of the pages of your favourite classic novel.
The Colour Scheme
The colour schemes in Victorian houses followed various themes based on different areas of the house. While the hallways and corridors were painted in neutral tones such as grey, the living rooms were painted in warm, rich colours, such as dark red, green and blue. These colours tend to give a house a very dramatic appeal, and Victorian era houses also boasted quite a lot of colour combinations as well.
You can use decking oil in Perth to get your house to have that age old feel to it.
Not only do solid timber floors add to the overall Victorian theme, but it also complements the warm colours that are mentioned above. If you do not want to keep your floor bare, then you can even add a carpet or a few rugs. Make sure that these complement your colour scheme and have oriental patterns on them, such as Persian rugs.
The Victorian era saw a lot of houses using patterned fabrics, either with a floral or a bird theme. These fabrics were made from rich materials such as velvet or brocade, and added to the overall dramatic effect of the house. While using these heavy fabrics for curtains is all right in the winter, when the heat starts increasing in the summer you can switch out to a lighter material such as lace, or even cotton.
Victorian houses tend to be packed with bulky furniture, and you will need to invest in a few of these yourself if you wish to commit to this theme. Wood is the way to go, with wicker being a complementary material that you can opt for if you wish. These furniture need to have elaborate carvings and designs on them, in order for it to look like the real deal.
Victorian era house were mainly lit up by candle light, and is therefore something that you cannot replicate exactly. Instead use dim lighting and use incandescent bulbs instead of fluorescent ones. You can also hang a chandelier over your dining table, and place a few iron wrought candlesticks, as well as some old Victorian style lamps, around your house, to get a similar effect.