10 Reasons Why We Love Modern Victorian Style

The modern Victorian trend is all about pairing traditional elements with modern spaces.

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February 28, 2018

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Patterned Wallpaper

The Victorian era is known for its lavish maximalism. You can easily tap into it in your own home with a statement wallpaper. For the most impact, choose a wallpaper (or removable wallpaper!) with a bold or colorful pattern. Stick with classics such as paisley, stripes or florals to recreate the modern Victorian aesthetic.


In the Victorian era, velvet signified wealth and luxury. Bring some rich velvets into your own space to create this glam look. If you don't have the budget for a velvet couch, add velvet pillows or a throw. This velvet ottoman is a great coffee table alternative and serves as extra seating when you have friends over.

Unexpected Light Fixture

Contrasting a traditional or antique light fixture with a contemporary space is a great way to embrace modern Victorian. You can often find unique fixtures like this crystal chandelier at local vintage shops or consignment stores. Large fixtures in a dining room create a dramatic effect.

Painted Ceiling

Ornate ceilings were common practice in Victorian times. Paint, wallpaper and gold leaf adorned rooms from top to bottom. A bright pink ceiling draws the eyes up in this girl's bedroom.

Ornate Mirrors

A simple way to inject modern Victorian style into any space is with a chunky ornate mirror. This sophisticated bedroom showcases a mirror above each nightstand.

Vintage Objects

The coffee table is the perfect canvas to display modern Victorian vintage decor. Display a variety of items or a collection like candlesticks, which are available in different heights, sizes and materials.

Dramatic Decor

It's hard not to think of the Victorian era and not imagine lush, dramatic drapes. Custom drapes are always an option but can be very expensive. For a more budget-friendly option, create a similar look by hanging prefab drapes above the bed.

Rich Colors and Textures

This living room rocks a deep mulled wine color on the walls paired with a rust-colored sofa. When decorating with a dramatic color palette, stick with complementing colors. For example, a rich teal wall color pairs well with a navy sofa and cornflower blue throw pillows. It's hard to go wrong when you stick to similar color tones.

Statement Gallery Wall

Large paintings and tapestries were common during the Victorian era, but big scale artwork can be pricey. Embrace modern Victorian style with a statement gallery wall instead. Choose pieces that blend seamlessly such as oil portraits, botanical drawings or pastoral scenes. Don't be afraid to choose a combination of ornate frames made from different materials for added interest.

Intricate Molding

Traditional Victorian homes tend to have elaborate molding — on baseboards, ceilings and even walls. Even if your home doesn't have intricate molding, you can add it next time you paint. Go simple with a chair rail or add more detail to highlight artwork.

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