That Ways to Achieve a Victorian Gothic-Inspired Home
When most people hear the words, Victorian Gothic, their minds immediately envision black walls and decrepit, creepy, haunted-looking homes.
In fact, Victorian Gothic is an architectural movement that dates all the way back to the 1740s. This era boasts gorgeous, ornate architectural designs that current homeowner’s want to replicate, for good reason.
The Gothic-revival movement is full of amazing, ornate and elegant details that can be created in your own home today. If you desire a home that is well-decorated with opulent details and decorative patterns, then read these 10 tips to achieve a Victorian Gothic-inspired home today.
1) Dramatic Elegance
Victorian Gothic decor is all about drama and elegance. This style is not for the faint of heart— it is all about making a statement. The lavish interiors of a Victorian Gothic home will be draped in high-end fabrics, curved ornate furniture, and plenty of decorative details.
Take some online tours of Victorian Gothic homes to get a taste of the styling options that this era offers. If the high-end drama is too much for you, then consider just adding a small sampling of this dramatic style —it can be as simple as adding a few bold colors combined with a large elegant chandelier.
Or you could go all out by adding all 10 of the spectacular Victorian Gothic elements that are listed here. Read on to see what dramatic elements you would like to add to your future Victorian mansion.
2) Wall Paper Adds Victorian Styling
Wallpaper is a must-have item if you desire a true Victorian Gothic-inspired home. There are numerous patterned wallpapers that could be used in order to achieve different versions of this style statement.
For a more traditional Victorian style, then consider adding elegant wallpaper with textures and patterns of damask or brocade. If you desire extreme elegance and drama, then consider trying wallpaper that is flocked with velvet texture. A bold flocked pattern that features rich colors such as black, gold or deep burgundy, will certainly add Victorian flair to your home.
If wallpaper scares you and seems like too deep a commitment to make, then consider going bold with paint color. Listed below you will find some paint colors to consider — guaranteed to embody the Victorian Gothic style.
3) Colors to Choose
While black is definitely a color to consider for your Victorian Gothic palette, it must be used in moderation — unless you want the ‘haunted mansion’ look.
All the colors of this elegant time were bold, rich and dramatic. Walls were papered or painted in amazing colors such as, emerald green, deep burgundy, ruby red, and dark ocean blue.
Earth elements such as wood, brick and terra-cotta were also color components that could be found everywhere in these abodes. Dark, rich wood panels covered walls, brick and stone were used for walls and in ornate trim elements (you can read below about Boss architecture used in these homes).
Over all, choose rich jewel-tone colors or deep natural colors to achieve this bold design.
4) Fabrics to Choose
Just like the wall coverings, your fabric choices should be bold, dramatic and elegant. The ambiance that silk or velvet draperies add to a home can create a spectacular style statement.
When seeking out this design, look towards fabrics of silk, satin, and velvet in bold colors, patterns and textures. Velvet could be used in the curtains or upholstery. Satin could also be used in the curtains, bedding and pillows. Essentially anything that hints towards glamour and decadence is key for fabric choices.
Tapestries also play an imperative part in the homes textiles. Imagine a huge antique tapestry hanging from an 11-foot high wall. Amazing tapestries can also be used in pillows, curtains, and upholstery. All of these grand fabrics and textiles add another ingredient to create a Victorian Gothic home.
5) Drapery Styles to Choose
Now that we know what fabrics to choose for our draperies, we have to choose the style of the actual drapery design. Draperies in the 1700s were both functional and decorative. The main purpose of a curtain panel was to stop drafts from coming into these less-than-airtight ancient homes.
In order to hold back the chill, long, heavy curtain panels were layered over all the windows, and over a lot of doorways. Even though your modern home is probably air-tight, when designing your draperies, you should consider using long, heavy drapery panels over all your windows (and some doors to achieve an authentic feel). Consider using this drapery style as a room divider, as well. For example, drape an elegant curtain panel to glamorously frame the doorway of a dining room.
Draperies should also be adorned with opulent tassels, tiebacks and fringe.