To commemorate all things Royal today and celebrate Victoria day, I thought why not also look a some Victorian Decor! Seems fitting.
Start by looking at this photo of Queen Victoria, she is dressed in ornate textiles, jewels n jems, a cameo, crown - regal looking. This starts our conversation with the Victorian era, regal and ornate accent lines play a large role in this style. In architecture, you will see ornate cornice and plaster work, accenting doors and turrets. In furniture design we again see scrolling motifs, curvy lines in chair legs, settees, and tables. In textiles, pattern was introduced and we over-sized damask, foliage patterns and birds. Foliage could have been from simple leaves, ferns were big, and of course trees. In birds it was not just the simple sparrow that was accented, but peacocks, and exotic oriental birds were introduced.
Looking at today's Victorian style, we can easy find it in contemplate design where ornate curves are being brought back not necessary in wood frames, but in lacquered/high gloss ones. We see it in the use of layered whites in bedroom linen....soft airy feel. There are many small boutique stores that cater to this style, and are always a ROYAL designer treat to shop in. Take a road trip to Victoria, New Westminster, or one of my fav's Fort Langely to find Victoria Decor items and inspiration.
Looking for a stroll down Victorian house boulevard? Head to our capital city, Victoria or the Royal City....New Westminster! Your adventure will not disappoint.
Here are a few inspiration rooms and accents to put your mind into a Victorian Mind Snap..........
The walls, were papered with simple and exotic patterns and colour.
Parlor Rooms, were places to gather with family and guests, play games, be served tea, and of course music....piano was the instrument of this era. Much like our Great Rooms today.
In Lighting, from Chandeliers to Lamps.
The romance of this era was with birds, flowers, poetry, butterflies, art and music. It was a beautiful and bold time in Life and in Interior Design.
In True Royal Style, Have an amazing tea n' crumpet kind of day!
A rhyme from a old Resident's in a care home......who shared the same birthday would fondly sing these words, "The 24th of May, is the Queen's Birthday! Its a Holiday, If we don't get a day off, we will all run away and play! " - the Resident, Hilda lived until she was 100 years old.....must be something in this rhyme!