Victorian Accents and Ornaments for Home and Garden Victorian Accents and Ornaments for Home and Garden
Victorian design, in its heyday, was influenced by much. From the outstanding gardens and landscapes of the day to the overseas trade that returned exotic wares from China and India, so much of the decorative style embodied the excess of stuff that a growing number of Victorians were able to afford. Because a typical Victorian room could be slightly overwhelming with its lush colors and large groupings of items, it is not for everyone, particularly minimalists. But for anyone who loves the pretty, the ornate, the thrilling variety, Victorian style is a great way to fill up your home and garden with beautiful accents and intricate ornaments.
Flowers and More Flowers
Frequently one thinks of flowers as symbolizing the Victorian age. The emerging middle class had more time (and money) to spend in the garden, and flowers were blooming everywhere - not simply in flowerbeds but on hats, teacups, draperies and stationary. When bringing this Victorian floral sensibility to your home, consider choosing all the flowery array of stuff you can find. For example, pansies for the window boxes, a rose-covered duvet pattern, painted daisies and black-eyed Susans for the teapot and teacups, and fresh flowers for the dining room table.
In fact, when choosing decorative items for you Victorian-style home, you will simply want to consider flowers and other symbols of nature in the extreme. Floral wallpaper and flowers on the dishes. A floral pattern for the silverware and florally-defined tablecloths. Your pictures may be still life works of vases full of lilies and roses. You may deviate from botanicals only to install glass frames of butterflies and birds. Victorian design is an interesting parade of natural elements combined with the artifice of manmade orks - ornately carved silver vases filled with lilacs and lavender. It is this pairing that so captivates Victoria's fans.
As for the garden - flowers for every niche you can find! Train roses to climb over a white Victorian gazebo, the wrought iron chairs and table set beneath an arbor of ivy. Install carved and painted planters and fill with profuse blooms. So much of Victorian garden style lies in the details. While a rustic bench suits a rustic country style, the Victorians would have preferred a carved leaf motif to decorate the bench rather than roughly-hewn planks.
A wealth of flowers, however, is not the only way to revisit the Victorian era in your home. Fabric can be employed throughout the home to showcase Victorian opulence and elegance. From rows of velvet draperies embellished with beadwork and fringe to layer upon layer of soft blankets of bedding, fabric in a fascinating array of patterns and textures would typically adorn a Victorian home. Needlework could be showcased on the wall (a petit-point basket of flowers) or along a bed's dust ruffle.
Also, the Victorians would use multiple patterns in the rooms - not simply red velvet. A sofa and draperies may employ that red velvet, but the chairs might be covered in maroon brocade, an ottoman covered in brown velvet, the rug might feature an oriental design, the throw pillows might be covered in royal blue, gold, bronze, etc. Still, colors for a formal living room are typically rich, dark and lush to the touch.
Accents and Ornaments
The Victorians also fancied a plethora of trinkets and baubles made from rare woods, precious metals, and artistry glass. For your own home, consider a multitude of picture frames of silver, pewter or gold metal carved with flowers - what else? Choose mirrors with carved gilded frames, colored glass vases, ornate chandeliers with strings of crystal beads, silver candelabras, carved shelves, colorful lampshades with fringe, and so forth. Consider dresser boxes and small trinket boxes for the bedroom, and lots of vases or small statuary for the living room. Victorians adored cherubs and angels, so these, along with floral scenes, might adorn fabrics and objects. Cherub-faced children were also idealized, and typically could be scene in pictures or on greeting cards.
Also, Victorians embodied an exotic element brought from the Orient. Chinois décor is defined by Chinese furniture like black lacquered writing desks and ornate chests that might once have carried teas. A room might be exclusively decorated in this style or simply feature a few exotic accents like a spray of peacock feathers in a vase, an oil painting of a Bengal Tiger or a series of Oriental red paper lanterns for the patio.
When adding Victorian accents always choose over-the-top styles as opposed to plainer ones. For example, instead of a plain white cotton tablecloth, choose one of white lace. A coffee table of straight legs should not be chosen over one with carved legs. Finally, just have fun filling your home and garden with the vast array of Victorian styled items - either true antiques or lovely replicas. The following items can be easily found online or in stores today:
Floral hatboxes, brass cherub door knocker, colored glass paperweights, celluloid ring boxes, heavy silver letter openers, glass perfume bottles with diffusers, large and small mirrors, antimacassars, gold hinged hands (for letters), doilies, decorative china, porcelain pieces, carved wood boxes and the list goes on and one. For the garden, consider statues of cherubs, fairies and forest animals along with wrought iron gates and cobblestone paths.
A collection of any Victorian items can also add to your home's décor. For instance, antique calling cards or postcards can be framed and showcased on the foyer walls. A Victorian silver collection can be featured in a glass case. Victorian objects throughout the house and garden will give your setting the elegant style and characteristic charm associated with this grandest of eras. Have fun with the décor - there is so much to choose from, your biggest dilemma will be deciding between all of the available accents and ornaments available.