Decorating A Victorian Bedroom
A Victorian bedroom can be a luxurious place to lay your head. Deep colors and highly decorated curtains, bedding and flooring provide the backdrop for a multitude of accessories and displays of china, bronze, carved wood and colored glass. There are several to decorating a Victorian bedroom. Dressing the bed was a real event for the Victorian household and would include luxurious fabrics and decorations. Silk sheets will make it authentic, but to save money you could go with a high-thread-count dark maroon sheets. The coverlet or quilt should be opulent–quilted, embroidered or highly decorated with gold trim and tassels. Ruffles and pleats in silk or velvet will transform your room into a Victorian dream. If you can’t find really over-the-top bedding, check out the fabric at your local sewing shop and have a friend hem some up for you. No Victorian bed is complete without a pile of pillows, all dressed in silk and tassels and gold-threaded designs.
A Victorian bedroom was furnished with a suite of matching furniture consisting of a bed, dressing table, armoire, side tables and washstand in the Renaissance style, intricately carved and constructed of woods like walnut, rosewood and cherry. The beds often had canopies mirroring the colour and pattern of the wall covering, and the tables featured marble tops. The room was likely outfitted with a fainting couch and arm chairs or rocking chairs upholstered in velvet or brocade evoking the overwrought tone of Victorian style. Accessories are vital in an authentic Victorian bedroom and should not be skimped on. Layer in antique photographs in silver or bronze-colored frames and purchase a few Victorian-era reproduction paintings for the walls.