Taking Modern to the Victorian Age: Mixing Modern Style with Classic Architecture

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A seamless melding of styles
A seamless melding of styles (decor88)

If you live in or are considering buying a Victorian home and want to blend your modern taste with classic architecture, here is some inspiration to set you on your way.  Don’t let your home’s architecture dictate how it should be furnished.  In fact, decorating a Victorian or otherwise older home in a modern style sets the stage for a stylish contrast.

Just because your home looks like this on the outside, doesn't mean you have to follow suit on the inside
Just because your home looks like this on the outside, doesn’t mean you have to follow suit on the inside (Mansion on Main, Smithfield, Virginia USA. Photo by Kelly Nichols)
Blending modern with classic architecture
Blending modern with classic architecture (imgkid)
Fresh color helps blend modern with classic
Fresh color helps blend modern with classic (Houzz)
Modern taste mixes with classic architecture
Modern taste mixes with classic architecture (locationpartnership)

Crown moldings, high ornate ceilings, heavily carved mantelpieces, wainscoting and hardwood floors are the epitome of Victorian architectural style.  You don’t have to get rid of this quality craftsmanship to achieve a modern look.  Simply use paint to update.

Quality craftsmanship of classic architecture doesn't have to be destroyed to enjoy a modern space
Quality craftsmanship of classic architecture doesn’t have to be destroyed to enjoy a modern space (Pinterest)
Modern furniture blends with the classic architecture of this home
Modern furniture blends with the classic architecture of this home (creatf)
A modern style meets classic architecture
A modern style meets classic architecture (anitabrowndesignstudio)

To keep the space on a more modern keel, paint the walls and trim all one color or stick to neutral shades.  Victorians loved their dark colors.  Lighten things up with softer, brighter colors for a more modern appeal.

A light gray paint opens up the space and helps the moldings blend
A light gray paint opens up the space and helps the moldings blend (homedit)
A seamless melding of styles
A seamless melding of old and new (freshome)
A blending of modern with classic architecture
A blending of modern with classic architecture (betterdeco.BlogSpot)

Refresh and update the space with modern furniture for a truly unique and inspired look.  To blend in a few antique pieces with more modern, reupholster them in contemporary painterly fabrics or geometrics, or paint them in fresh colors.  Top off antique chests and tables with modern sculpture, accessories and lamps.  Hang modern mirrors or artwork on the wall behind an antique chest.  Pair an antique table with acrylic chairs.

Update a classic with modern painterly fabric
Update a classic with modern painterly fabric (telegraph.co.uk, John Lewis Armchair)
Modern furniture and artwork enhance this traditional space
Modern furniture and artwork enhance this traditional space (decoist)
Modern fabrics bring antique furniture up to date
Modern fabrics bring antique furniture up to date (futurehomedecorating)
A modern vibe accents this classic home
A modern vibe accents this classic home (en-paperblog)

Bringing together modern style with classic architectural elements is eclectic, edgy and chic.  Never let the style of a home dictate your taste.  Adapt and enjoy the space.  Bring a modern vibe to the Victorian age by seamlessly blending the styles.

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