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Even though more than one hundred years have past since the Victorian Era, Victorian style has left a great mark onto the interior design that cannot be erased. Many people today are looking for clues how to copy that style and use it in their houses. This high demand is just the cause of this article – it is in the following few paragraphs that we will explain everything you need to know about Victorian style and give you clues how to decorate your bedroom (or any other room) in Victorian style.

Victorian Bedroom

What’s Victorian style all about?

Let’s face it – we are living in the twenty-first century and we no longer wear cylinders and long dresses at home or to the theatre. Due to this fact, if we wanted to bring some of that bygone Victorian style to our home, it would be normal to combine it with what we have – that is, modern style and modern things. Victorian style has evolved by now and it is normal to mesh things up, so for example you can pair modern acrylic chairs with an ancient wood table. The combination of an old dining table you got from your grandmother and reupholstered chairs with bold graphic print cushions would be perfect. Also, in the living room, you can reupholster Victorian style sofas and comfortable chairs in a very modern fabric, such as tapestry, floral or damask. This will give the furniture a statement: I am modern, but I like the old antique curves.

Victorian Style

How to add craftsman character?

Since we do not want to make you renovate your entire house, bulldoze it and make the ceilings higher and build completely new windows, we are going to try to spice the interior up with some craftsman character. Since Victorians loved ornately carved wood furniture made in walnut, oak and mahogany, you can add them almost anywhere where you have room. And do not stop at the furniture. If you want to redecorate your living room, do not stop at the sofa – add some wood carved mirror frames, lamps and picture frames. And let’s get things cleared out: Victorian furniture is not cheap and if you want best quality you will have to pay some extra cash for it. Handywork has a price.

Victorian Style

Colour-theme your (bed)room

When it comes to truly Victorian style vibe, you should not be afraid of paint colour. Victorians loved it, and so will you. So if you are planning to redecorate your bedroom, you can choose between the rich hues of green, red, blue and gold-brown. However, Victorian colours were somewhat dusty when compared to our modern hues and colour was everywhere, starting from the kitchen to the library. Victorian bedrooms had those big beds with curtains, so you should plan to invest into one. You can also add a fireplace mantle (you can find one in flea market or even buy a modern electric). Re-purpose old trims, doors and windows and add marble in order to promote high-quality aesthetic vibe that Victorian homes used to boast with.

And finally, the last piece of advice for this redecoration would be to consider painting rooms into warm white instead of bold colours. If you add Victorian accessories into it, the mixture of old and new will perfectly achieve the effect we are aiming at. Besides, you can add colour via accessories, such as textiles, rugs, lamps, cushions and wall art. And make sure your every room is painted differently. Add some romance with fresh flowers and there you have it – a perfect Victorian style home, meshed up with modern design.

Many people today are facing the challenge of having a small living space. This is one of the most common disadvantages of living in urban areas. Instead of making it a problem, it would be best to accept it as a fact, and take advantage of what you have until you find something better. Small apartments usually have small bedrooms – which are big enough for a bed, and not for anything else. The key to happy living is to use all the tricks you can in order to turn your small-sized bedroom into a nice and functional one, and yet save space for other things.

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Use what you have

If your small bedroom does not have enough space for a nightstand, you should use what you have at hands. For example, if you have a deep window sill, move your bed next to it and it can serve as a nightstand. If you have a wall-mounted shelf beside the bed, you can add another one, which would be deep enough so that you can use it as a computer desk while you are sitting on the bed. If you have a desk next to your bed, it is perfectly fine to give it a double duty – to serve as a nightstand as well. A lamp is simply a must at your bedside, so instead of taking up space on a nightstand, you can simply hang one on the wall – this way, you will get direct light from above your head, which is great for reading. Mind you that it should be high enough so that you do not hit your head while sitting up.

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Additional storage

In a small bedroom, the walls are your best friends. A general rule for small bedrooms is to hang everything you can on the walls. If you have a narrow bedroom, you can put a simple shelf beside or above the bed to make up for a nightstand, and you will get extra space for something else. If you lack space for keeping a bike, you can simply hang it above the bed – the only thing you have to do is to clean its tires every time you mount it on the wall. If you lack storage space, you can find high beds which have enough storage space underneath the mattress – a space which you can use for winter/summer clothes, sheets and blankets, and the like. Do not be afraid to even add cabinets above the bed – they are simply made for small bedrooms.

And finally, the key to a happy home and normal living is not the size of your living space. Rather, it should be the joy of waking up next to the person you really care about and enjoying every moment with them. Even though you cannot magically make the space bigger than it is, you can create optical illusion – by painting the walls white, and using light-coloured sheets (which will additionally make you feel calm and you will be able to take a good rest in it) and hanging mirrors to visually enlarge your small bedroom.

From the ancient times, colours have been important to human race. Each and every had a meaning, so that trend continued until today. Now we wear different coloured clothes, in order to reflect our mood, but this matter works vice-versa. We can also surround us with different colours, in order to boost different aspects of our personality. This is my guide on how colour of your rooms affects you. Take it into consideration next time you are going to repaint and redecorate.

 

Living room

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According to colour psychology, living rooms, as well as dining ones, should be painted in orange colour, for it is widespread knowledge that this shade inspires and improves digestion. In addition, it keeps you awake, so you surely wish it for the room where you spend most of the time. Also, the sense of warmth is important, for you wish for your guests to feel cozy and jolly at the same time.

 

Bedroom

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This is the room where all the passion is happening. You will definitely want to avoid using cold colours, such as blue, but instead, it is better to go with pink or red. These are connected with passion and to avoid your room to look a bit too muck reddish, break it out with the subtle usage of black, for these two combined are simply giving out the passion. Also, the furniture gives its impact, so it would be wise to go with natural tones, for the warmth of the wood is nice when combined, it will relax you, but not too much.

 

The Kitchen

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Your creativity is best shown among the yellow walls of the kitchen. This colour is considered to be lively, spry and inspiring for people who are exposed to it. Your cooking skills will surely get boosted, for those skills are based upon creativity. In addition, if you can set you kitchen to the north, you will add up a bit of Feng Shui to the mixture, so you will benefit on several fronts.

 

Kidsroom

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Tender and gentle, the temperament of kids and babies should be reflected in the colour of the walls. If you have a boy, take into consideration pale blue colour, and if you have a girl, pale or dirty pink is also great advice. But, if you don’t have kids yet, you can set for clean white, or a combination of those three. In any case, avoid dark, deep or suffocating colours. You can, however, break out the stillness, and to introduce darker tones of blue or green, but keep it limited, and only in few details.

 

Work room

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A place suited for your intellectual efforts should be painted in such manner, that it will increase your mental abilities. The most suitable colours for this, are definitely blue and green. First will often remind you of the stillness of the sea, enabling you to calm and settle down, and to settle your thoughts much faster. The latter will inspire you to feel the grass under your feet, invoking vigor and joy, giving you the boost in energy. But, you must be careful, for overstepping with those colours will backfire, and blue can be too cold and distant. Green, however, can get you too sleepy, or tired.

The key is to be modest and not to exaggerate.

You have been coming home to the same old bedroom for some time now, and you clearly do not feel the same as you did when you first decorated it. Sometimes you look at the old posters, and stickers and ask yourself “what was I thinking?” But you feel rather stuck with it, as the room is really small, and you know how hard it is to work with small spaces. However, there are ways to make your tiny corner seem bigger, and most importantly, more functional.

Bring It Up Your Bedroom

Has it happened to you that you did something at the desk, and when you wanted to get up, you hit your chair on the bed?
That is all because of the lack of space, but it is not like you can throw one of those two things out of the room. The design culture has come up with the solution on how to use the height of the room to your advantage and get more space out of it.
Another great idea is to put the table under the window so that you could have enough natural light, especially when two windows only.
Leave your desk right where it is now, and build the bed right over it, just make sure that you install the right lighting fixtures so that it is not too dark when you work on your computer or read a book.

 

A Place for One More

You always wanted to invite a friend for a sleepover, but you had no bed to offer to them. The simplest solution is to hide one mattress under your own bed, and pull it out only when you absolutely need it. And it is not only for sleeping, you can pull it out every time you need an extra sitting space, as it is perfect for playing cards, board games, or just chatting with your friends.

Get a custom bed

Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom and worths most of your investment. According to Jonathan Prichard and the Mattress Insider Company, custom and odd mattress designs are mostly made to fit extravagant and unique bedroom settings.
A custom-design bed can come in large size or foldable form, with metal or wood frame, depending on you what tone you want to set for the room.

Hidden Storage

There is enough space in your room for most basic furniture, but as you are growing up, you realize that you need more and more storage space. You have sorted out all of your clothes and shoes, but what to do with all the books? You can always add more shelves on the wall, but sometimes even that is not enough. So instead of the pull-out mattress, pull out and empty storage space, where you can place all of your valuables and collectibles. It is also very practical for bookworms, who would not need to get out of bed in the evening to grab one for a bedtime story.

 

It is all about the Little Things

When you finish with reorganizing the room so that is fully functional, it is time to think about the details that make it a warm and welcoming place. First think about the linens, as after a hard day all you will want to do is come home and throw yourself on the bed, and dive in the sea of cushions. You can get or make one of those with messages or quotes on them, as they always make and interesting decorating detail.

 

Then, if you feel a little bit of claustrophobic, put a big mirror on one of the walls, as they reflect both picture and light, what will make your room seem bigger.

Chose an interesting wallpaper or a sticker for the wall that you like, but if you are going for the wallpaper that will take up most, or all the walls, go with more neutral one, and then add other colorful details in the room to break the monotony. However, if you have a small place, do not over clutter it, but go with just a few figurines or scented candles.

 

Some of the things you can do yourself, and save some money on redecorating, but most important thing is not to be discouraged with the lack of finances. You do not need to make a big change all at once – start from one thing, and then others will come with time, and soon you will have your little seventh heaven.