The Country Victorian style hearkens back to the decor of the Victorians' cottages and vacation homes out of the city. The style is characterized by an interesting variety of pastel colors such as mauve, pinks, pale greens, peaches and blues in floral or fruit patterned fabrics. Materials such as wood, brass and iron are key elements in a Country Victorian room. Use a dark oak chest, an old chest with hand grained wood finishes, or plain wall bookcases to display family heirlooms. Painted wicker, cottage flowers and herbs, lightly covered windows draped with gauzy fabrics and laces add to the Country Victorian look. Place handmade rugs on the floors, and drape blankets or embroidered rugs over armchairs. Accessorize with dried flower arrangements.
Christopher Dresser said, "Good design should have interest at many levels!" For example, a plain painted wall looks the same from two feet away as it does from ten. A subtly designed wallpaper or a faux finish keeps the space much more interesting. It is my goal to achieve a beautiful "blended" space. Upon entering a room you should first enjoy the overall appearance of the space. To maintain interest and create a rich effect, every room must have abundant detail. Additionally, the room should be practical, with good traffic flow. Sitting rooms should be made up of intimate conversation areas. The room as a whole should have balance.
Color selection is almost always the starting point for every decorating style. Your colors will make the most immediate impression. Victorian decorating makes use of many pallets. Color choice is probably more outspoken than in any other style concept. Avoid falling into trap of finding a color to go with what you’ve got. Just because the possibilities are many, don’t think carefull consideration to individual color choices you will use at the outset has little impact upon the accomplishment of success in the over-all project. You will want to chose your colors with a clear idea of some of the other elements you plan to draw into the project. Deep, rich color distinguishes the importance of a room. The foyer, parlor and dinning room being most important because they are most seen by visitors and guests. Just which deep colors to use depend upon other additions. Lots of dark mahogany trim and furnishings show best with deep greens. Blue works well with silver and pewter adornments. Lightening up on the tones might be needed where natural light is low or where intricate oriental rugs and tapestries are planned for hallways.
Designing a home and decorating it the way you want is a lot more than merely putting a few objects together that serve the purpose. It is often a wise thing to have a running theme across your home as it will give the right idea on how to accessorize and make shopping a lot easier. If themes are what you are going how about the instant classic – the Victorian style of decorating interiors. It brings a touch of royalty, a sense of class and adds timeless charm. Going Victorian though is a lot harder than picking contemporary styles and design as you are trying to recreate the past. But here are a few simple tips that will you with that task.