Colonial / Victorian
Style your Victorian interior dream with ‘more of everything’ to achieve the look. Highly detailed dado rail, wall panelling & skirting board profiles which are balanced & elegant will help you achieve this beautiful look.
Victorian home architecture incorporates various styles ranging from classic facades and extremely ornate and decorative embellishments. “More of everything” was the trademark of the era.
When styling a Victorian-esk home you would expect to see ornately designed and overstuffed furniture (think plump, button back chairs, pouffes and ottomans), a dense arrangement of ornaments and furniture, Mahogany timbers on furniture, chiffoniers and sideboards and the use of rich, dark colours, typically in ruby reds, forest greens, violets or cobalt blues. Heavy damask patterns are common along with the use of peacock feathers, and inspiration from their colours. Wall paper was extremely popular, and patterns were used from the skirting board to the dado line and vibrant paints were used above the chair rail line.
Typical architectural features of this period include decorative cast iron or lace work, terrace housings, steep pitched roofs, fretwork, chimney stacks, multi coloured brickwork or red brickwork, stain glass windows, double pane windows, oriel windows and curved verandahs.
Colonial styling is similar to that of the Victorian, although it is a little more relaxed, the dark vibrant colours are a little more subdued and the style has more of a country feel. The fabrics commonly used were more cotton, linen and wool. Pewter accents and patterns were still readily seen but in a more pastel palette. Walls still had patterned features most commonly stenciled decoration of fruit or flowers in borders or murals. Ornate cornice moulding and dado rails were very popular. This was a style movement that saw a migration from the clutter and the heavy colour palette of the Victorian era.