Victorian living room ideas: How to create a modern Victorian living room

25 August 2020

Designing a modern Victorian living room is the perfect way to strike a unique balance between your favourite newer decorations and special antiques.

There’s little need to worry about a clash of styles if you carefully combine modern and Victorian elements within your living room. The general consensus is that there was no single exclusive style in the Victorian era, so there is certainly leeway for creativity

Victorian fireplaces and relevant accessories, as well as Victorian mirrors, are often cornerstones to help set the right mood alongside your modern decor.

A Victorian living room with a modern twist could feature a wide range of impressive antiques.

Victorian fireplaces and Victorian mirrors, along with antique carpets and other furnishings, add the perfect Victorian touch. Combined with modern lighting and decorations, these pieces will inevitably look stunning.

If you’re looking for Victorian living room design ideas which can blend in seamlessly with more modern tastes, consider the following:

Victorian fireplaces and surrounding accessories

Victorian fireplaces serve as impressive centrepieces in any modern living room. These impressive pieces are often made of marble, stone, wood, cast iron or other metals,

A Victorian-style living room should ideally feature an eye-catching antique fireplace, mantel or chimneypiece at its heart.

Aside from surrounding the fire, Victorian fireplaces have another key purpose. They display your treasured possessions, such as beautiful vases, family photographs or perhaps an antique clock on the mantelpiece.

Victorian fireplaces, whether made of marble, stone, wood, cast iron or other metals, serve as impressive centrepieces of any modern living room.

There’s a wide range of additional accessories which you can add to Victorian fireplaces to complete the look. Look out for beautiful antique fire grates, screens, andirons and chenets.

One of the most practical features of a typical Victorian living room is a club fender. It provides extra seating space for entertaining, and is an excellent place to warm up after a cold winter walk.

Victorian mirrors to reflect a sense of grandeur

Today mirrors are often used to make rooms look larger and lighter, and Victorian mirrors are no different.

A beautiful 19th-century overmantel antique mirror above a fireplace adds grandeur to a Victorian style living room.

Alternatively, other wall-mounted Victorian mirrors will help to complete the period look wherever you place them.

No modern Victorian living room is complete without the right lighting to complete the unique atmosphere.

Antique rugs - setting the tone for your Victorian living room

Antique carpets are a fantastic way to bring the rich colours and textures of a Victorian living room to life.

They're comfortable underfoot and available in a large variety of sizes to suit all living spaces. The perfect carpet can give your Victorian style living room an especially luxurious and cosy feel.

Other Victorian living room ideas

For the finishing touches, add some additional antique furniture and decorative items alongside your more contemporary possessions.

Perhaps a mahogany armchair, rosewood table, coffee table, oak sideboard or leather room screen would fit perfectly into your Victorian style living room. A blank wall could look less bare with an oil painting or leather panel.

Alternatively, look for something smaller to sit on an empty surface.  A gilt bronze or marble clock could be the last piece of the jigsaw to complete your Victorian living room.

There’s little need to worry about a clash of styles if you combine modern elements with those of a Victorian living room carefully.

Aside from a club fender, try dressing a bay window with cushions for more cosy seating. 

Whether for entertaining guests, reading or watching the world go by, a welcoming and well-furnished bay window adds another dimension to the room. It can also help draw attention to the view and natural world outside.

Another idea to consider is strong, bold colour schemes. Victorian style design often painted whole rooms in rich blues, reds and greens. These opulent colours added characteristic drama to homes and living rooms. 

Accent specific walls in Victorian palettes for a brighter, modern take. It could also serve as a dramatic backdrop for your prized antique pieces.

Finally, no modern Victorian living room is complete without the right lighting to complete the unique atmosphere.

Think carefully about the positioning of your furniture depending on where the best light is currently. You could also consider adding antique lighting, such as a candelabra.

Victorian living room ideas: How to create a modern Victorian living room - in summary

There are many features typical of Victorian homes which you can embrace to help create the modern Victorian living room of your dreams.

Designing a modern Victorian living room is the perfect way to strike a unique balance between your favourite newer decorations and special antiques.

Cornerstone pieces like Victorian fireplaces, accessories and Victorian mirrors help set the right mood alongside your modern decor.

Well-placed antique carpets, furniture and other decorations alongside more contemporary furniture will add to the overall ambience.

As one of the key cultural figures of the period, William Morris, once said:

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

When investing in antique furniture, it’s vital to ensure you’re buying from reputable sellers. Check their customer ratings, or see if they’re members of organisations such as LAPADA.

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