One thing you cannot say about Victorian-era design and its inimitable style is that it is mundane. Nothing is ever understated in these settings, with ornate patterns, decorative ceilings and intricate designs becoming very much the staple of the style. Of course, Victorian style is neither constant nor is it a homogenous, standardized style across the globe. Different regions of the world, architects and local eccentricities have shaped its various versions over time. And in the modern world, it still finds a place alongside the sleek, contemporary styles as it adapts and evolves.
Today, we take a look at opulent, elegant and at times astounding Victorian bedrooms that combine form and functionality with a dash of enduring, old world charm. Some of them are seemingly more modern than classic, while others dazzle you with their ‘over the top’ design. Either way you will find these lovely rooms a refreshing change of pace!
A Modern Reboot
Finding that right balance between Victorian elegance and modern aesthetics can be a tricky task, and often a blend of both elements gravitates more towards contemporary tendencies. Since bedroom décor choices have remained more or less constant across decades even though their styles and finishes have vastly varied, it is pretty easy to mix and match. A modern bed frame coupled with a vintage nightstand, a Victorian-era wardrobe, an antique room divider and elegant lighting can paint a picture of serenity draped in Victorian beauty.
While there are occasions when the bedroom needs to embrace a single style, on other occasions, Victorian décor fits in perfectly with a soothing modern backdrop. What you need can vary from something as simple as a chair, dressing table and mirror with Victorian panache to a room where every furniture choice draws from that era gone by. What works in some rooms might simply fail to translate to other settings. So, try out different permutations before you find this elusive balance that works for your bedroom.
And here are those opulent, regal and beautiful Victorian bedrooms that you see in period films, which Hollywood seems to be all too fond of! One instantly notices the Venetian plastered walls that add textural beauty and depth to most of these bedrooms, and it is often the bed that is the undoubted focal point with its custom design and additional drapery (we will dig into this deeper in the next section). The ceiling with hand-painted murals and motifs is another remarkable aspect of these bedrooms that leaves you spellbound.
Replicating a setting like this can be costly, and add to it the vintage nightstands and seemingly royal wardrobes with intricate patterns and dazzling finishes, and it is evident that a full-blown Victorian-style bedroom in all its richness is not for everyone. But get it right and you suddenly feel like traveling back in time – a fun way to bring that fantasy alive!
Striking Bed and Drapery
You might not really be fond of Victorian style, but there definitely is one thing that every modern bedroom can learn from this era – the way that it turns the bed into the showstopper of the room. Many contemporary bedroom designs forget this, as they focus too much on décor and accessories that surround the bed. If four-poster beds are not your thing, then adding some drapery to give the bedroom Victorian overtones is a fine alternative. It does add a hint of majestic beauty and is perfect to bring out the princess in you!
From Subtle to Sensational
Little details like bedding, pillows and the fabric you use in your bedroom can alter its vibe completely, and a hint of gold along with white is ideal for the modern-Victorian bedroom. Wallpaper is another great way of trying out a hint of this classic style, and if you are not happy with the result, changing the backdrop becomes a whole lot easier. There are times when a secretary desk or a cool, Victorian-era bench seem sufficient in a shabby chic or eclectic bedroom to give it a predominantly Victorian feel. Modest or grandiose or somewhere in between – it is your personality that defines this choice!