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.
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.
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.
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.
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.