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Introducing Modern Victorian and How To Do It In Your Home

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Styles come and go in design, just as they do in fashion, life and just about everything else. But as a daily editorial site whose job it is to navigate the new, weird and often obscure trends or styles that are becoming popular in peoples homes and in the design world, today we are taking this time to introduce you to what we are dubbing “Modern Victorian”, which we predict to be a big trend in 2018.

So, what exactly is “Modern Victorian” you ask? It is a style whose name we just came up with  that is a spin-off of a very classic vibe, done in a fresh, new, and relevant way. 2017 was the year of minimalism in many ways. The Marie Kondo method of tidying up became something everyone tried (and potentially failed at), California Casual was all anyone could talk about, and whites, washed linens, and neutrals dominated the design world. We aren’t here to say that these styles or methods are out (not at all), but instead that 2018 might be the year of maximalism (to a certain extent) and this style fits in perfectly with a shift from all things simple and plain to something that is more theatrical, detailed, bright and dramatic in your home decor. But, rather than going on and on about what it is exactly, let’s break it down to really SHOW you through pictures this style and then under each section we will talk about how you can get the look in a much more approachable way in your own home.

But to be honest, it was VERY hard to find accurate photos that represent this trend, probably because its risky and not really ‘in’ yet. We just know how we are gravitating towards it and seeing SO much of it in fashion, so its coming … First up….

Velvet, Tufting, and Fringe:

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In Victorian design, more is more and this is one of the key anchor points of this style. Specifically when it deals with the details on the furniture in these types of rooms. In this style, you will often see Victorian pieces that are done with an excess of tufting, fringing, pleating, or gathering of fabric on the furniture, BUT in a slightly more modernized and abstract way. Above they used the back of the sofa to really create a moment with that gathering of fabric creating a huge skirt along the back (the rest of the room is trickier). And below, they took a traditional tufting technique but wrapped it around a curved wall to make it feel a bit more modern.

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Anywhere and everywhere that you can add fringing or tufting is very much acceptable in this style.

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Along the bottom of a little settee like above, or on the sofas below… why not? Here’s how I would do it – use linen upholstery with a more matte fringe. I think that the shiny velvet doesn’t feel as modern, but I love that shape so much.

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If fringe isn’t your thing (whats wrong with you), then some sort of special detail can add that extra layer to your piece of furniture which will make it feel more Victorian. Like below, where they used that additional piece of trim along all the seams of the couch.

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You can also modernize the Victorian form and style with a more updated color and fabric treatment like they did in the next few examples.

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Above they took a very traditional and Victorian club chair profile and then updated it with a very intricate and modern tufting technique.

But it isn’t just for furniture. Fringe can also be added to just about anything in the room like they did with this light fixture – of which I LOVE. The fringe instantly evokes a sense of playfulness which is key in this style, as it is all about layering on the textures and details in a really playful and fun way.

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So, how do you get it in your own home in a slightly more toned down, and easy to live with everyday kind of way?

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This living room above is a perfect example of how to make it work. By bringing in a few very classic victorian fringed pieces to a rather simple and refined room it instantly brings a sense of drama to the room without it feeling like “ye old speakeasy” in London. A mix of the old with the new is key in making this work in an applicable and livable way. We will have some full roundups coming up on the blog to help you really conquer this style piece by piece, but for now let’s get into the next concept in the Modern Victorian style.

Modern Lighting in a Victorian Styled Space:

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The Modern Victorian trend needs you to mix different eras together so it doesn’t go granny. Specifically, this comes into play when you mix old architecture with modern lighting. This is a tricky one as not all modern lighting will work in all “old spaces” but if you adhere to the typical rules of scale and size then you can create a pretty unique looking space. Our tip would be to steer clear of anything that feels TOO contemporary (read: 90’s modern) and instead go for something that feels more inspired by midcentury modern or Scandinavian modern influences and lines – when in doubt anything that is French and from 1930’s – 1960’s will probably look awesome.

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Old with new, new with old. It is again about the mixing of styles and eras that you typically wouldn’t place together but again make it such a unique finished product. Could we live with black floors, walls and ceilings every day… probably not. But do we LOVE looking at this room and how rich and dramatic it feels… YES. Modern Victorian is about pushing the envelope both with style and with colors and accessories.

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Everything in this room below leans more old and Victorian feeling but then the modern brass standing lamp juxtaposes everything in there in such a nice way.

If you haven’t guessed already this style is a bit more theatrical and “dressed” than a normal livable style but it is all about embracing that sense of a bygone era and modernizing it to today. Crumbling walls might not be the most livable and we are pretty certain that this space might be a set what with that peeling wallpaper but it echoes our point of how bringing in a modern piece of lighting can update the room and bring it to a more modern look.

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So how do you make this one work for you? It is pretty self-explanatory but by using a few more modern piece of lighting in a traditional or Victorian space you get the perfect combo of new and old like you see below. The settee, blush-toned walls, and table all lean more victorian while the lighting and chairs bring in that modern element.

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Ornate Furniture in a Modern Space/Modern Furniture in an Ornate Space:

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We talked about what bringing a modern piece of lighting into the room can do, and the same concept is applied to furniture. Above, the entire room is pretty antique and Victorian feeling but then with the addition of the two modern and contemporary side tables there in front of the settee it brings it to the 21st century. Bonus points to this designer for echoing the rust color of the settee in the side table.

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This room has an obviously antique bedframe but then is paired with a more modern wardrobe, an abstract rug and a modern light above it all which makes it feel more fresh and fun.

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This kitchen does have a little bit of a Parisian vibe going on, but the combo of the modern flat-front cabinets and then the older piece above it works SO well together and exemplifies this concept in the Modern Victorian style. Not quite sure if they pull out a ladder every time they need a plate from that cabinet so the functionality of it is TBD, but we love the look. All of the above pictures are totally applicable examples of how to make this one work in your own home, keeping in mind that the mix of new and old is key with this one.

Two-Tone Furniture:

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If we haven’t pounded already into your heads that Modern Victorian is all about the mixing of two contrasting elements then this one will illustrate it even further. Two-toned furniture, or furniture where they used two different types of fabric is another element of this style. Above the designer used two types of fabrics (green velvet and a ticking stripe and then mixed it up on the different surfaces of the two chairs and the couch, creating a unified collection of modern feeling pieces that still retain the original antique and Victorian lines. I’m not 100% on board with those particular pieces, but the idea is interesting.

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This chair, what with its blue velvet tufted back and striped seat fit perfectly into the style. As well as the sofa below that again employs the solid velvet mixed with a stripe to modernize the bones of an old piece.

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It can also be taken in a more abstract sense like they did below where they used a tapestry mural fabric and then combined it with a solid color creating a unique statement piece for the room.

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So how do you make this one work in your own home? If you are into the look then you can simply find an antique piece (or one that you already own) and give it a new lease on life with an upholstery job similar to what is in the inspiration pictures.

Tone on Tone:

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Deep rich color hues are prevalent in Victorian style and design but when you start layering them tone on tone you can make the room feel more modern, which is what our next talking point is: tone on tone color palettes.

This one is about using one or two colors in a room and then using different tones of those colors throughout the entire room.

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This room above obviously took its color palette hues from the Moroccan rug on the floor but the repeated tones of orange, purple, and teal throughout give it a monochromatic modern vibe.

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Above and below it is all about the layered colors of black, and purple creating a VERY moody end result for these two rooms.

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But it can also be done in a warmer palette like you see below where they used reds, oranges, and rusts to fill this room.

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Or in a cooler palette of blues like below. The key with this concept is to take the color, slightly vary the tone of it throughout the room, and then keep the patterns to a minimum. You’ll find with all of these examples that the majority of them do not have many patterns in them, or if they do it is only through a few small elements. If you were to do the tone on tone concept and then put in a bunch of patterns in the room, it would end up looking chaotic and fussy. So by refining it to solids, you can make this concept work.

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How do you make this one work in your home without making it look like a colorful funhouse? Think about doing this tonally with more neutral colors. The below living room has a tone on tone effect by using whites, creams, beiges, and neutrals mixed in with the other Modern Victorian elements we have already discussed. It has a lot going on in the room but because it is all done in a tonal palette it works together without feeling chaotic.

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Large Scale Florals and Botanicals:

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Florals are back you guys, and in a very big (literally) way. Victorian design and style employed quite a bit of floral and botanical use and this more Modern Victorian style does the same, just in a bigger and more abstract way. In this style the Victorian floral has been enlarged which makes it feel more modern and abstract. This wallpaper by Ashley Woodson Bailey is a perfect example of how it is done in a modern and applicable way.

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This floral stair tread mural is serving up some major Modern Victorian vibes and we love how it still feels modern but in a subtle way as the material is antique but the application of it is modern.

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Could you handle a floral mural this large in your living room?

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If overscale and bright isn’t your vibe like the pictures above then the concept can be applied to something more neutral and tonal like below where they have a floral mural on the walls outside of the bathroom area and then pulled the deep purple color from the flowers into the ceiling of the bathroom, resulting in a cohesive feeling space while still feeling slightly whimsical which the Victorian style is all about.

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These next few examples run in the same vein as florals but is a bit more subtle and easy to apply in your own home. Botanicals are something that will innately feel antique and old as many times they are pages that are pulled from an old botanicals book and then framed. But the look can also be pulled off with pressed leaves or painted silhouette versions like below.

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So how do you do it in your own home? You could frame some old botanicals and then hang them on the walls in a collection like above or you could bring in the floral idea like they did below with this oversized floral wallpaper that is done in a more modern color palette.

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Statement Walls:

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This one echoes some of the statement walls that we saw above in the floral concept, however with this one it is about one feature wall acting as a statement in the room. Above the statement wall is wall that leads into the dining room where they applied an intricate and Victorian-inspired wallpaper and then tied it in with the rest of the space by painting the other walls in the same sage color.

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Above they worked in the tone on tone concept as well by using two tones of blue to create this focal wall.

But if you are going to go for, then take after nonother than the queen of “going for it” Kelly Wearstler, who used this abstract wallpaper in her entryway and took the more antique and victorian feeling space to very modern place.

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She also gave this bathroom a statement wall and did what we talked about earlier where she used an antique material (the stone) and then applied it in a modern way (the pattern and the introduction of pink).

How do you do it in your own home? Think about bringing in one accent wall with a pretty wallpaper or color that goes with everything else you have going on. You don’t have to go wild with color or pattern but something that speaks to the room while being a focal point will instantly bring in a bit of the Modern Victorian vibe.

Curated Collections:

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The Victorian look is not about minimalism in any sense of the word and is instead about opulence, over-exaggerated details and the display of items, which is what our next concept is: Curated Collections.

When it comes to displaying your collectibles this doesn’t mean it is time to pull out your collection of Hummel figurines or your favorite family knick-knacks, this is about displaying artistic and one of a kind objects in a more curated way. With collections you can go eclectic and boho very quickly which is why you will want to curate the collection a bit so that it doesn’t feel too thrifted or disjointed. This can be done by selecting similar items to display together like they did above with the boxes on the table. Or below with the collection of items inside glass boxes which helps it to feel cohesive. This allows the collections to feel intentional and curated, almost like a store display.

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It can also be done with art like they did below where instead of hanging anything they lent a mix of modern and antique prints against the wall in a tonal and cohesive palette so that it worked as one collection.

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But, just as in Victorian design more is more, so you don’t have to be too precious about your collections like they did below. Just be sure to keep it in a fairly tonal color palette, have a few different heights and use a few larger pieces to anchor the collection so that it isn’t all smaller items.

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So how do you do this in your home without it feeling or looking like a thrift store? Start small and choose one collection to display like in the photo below. By only having one single type of item displayed the collection feels very cohesive even though there are quite a few different colors going on.

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Portraits and Busts:

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There is nothing more Victorian than a portrait or a bust, but with this more modern version, it is about the way that you display them. Think oversized collections like in the pictures above or below. Both which feature old antique portraits but in a more modern gallery wall with some modern pieces in the room.

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But if you aren’t ready for a wall of antique oils then even one well-placed portrait can instantly give the room a bit of that Victorian vibe, like below in this kitchen area. The antique portrait contrasts with the modern chair in front of it as well as the brighter colors that are found in the windsor chair and books on the shelf.

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When it comes to busts think about either displaying them in a modern way like in front of a gallery wall of modern and abstract art like below.

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Or in a collection with a few others to give them impact in a thoughtful and curated way.

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When pulling this into your own home, like many of the other concepts – start small.

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One well-placed portrait can do a lot to bring in that Victorian vibe, and if you bring in some other modern elements into the mix it will again help harmonize the new with the old.

At this point, I am sure you have some questions on the trend, but first off…. we want to know, are you into this trend? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you think you could actually make it work in your home or is it not for you? Let us know below in the comments and we will try to get all of your questions answered. And stay tuned for a few more posts about this style where we walk you through specific lighting, furniture, art, and decor pieces to make it work in your own home with suggestions of pieces that you can buy online.

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Bea

Wow – your posts get better every day. I thought surely today couldn’t be as good as yesterday’s but you’ve nailed it again!

I live in a Victorian conversion flat in London with some period details (large sash windows and high ceilings although some of the original features e.g. fire places and ceiling moulding were stripped out in the 80s by previous owners). There is soooo much inspiration in this post and its refreshing to see a new interpretation for what is a pretty common look this side of the pond.

That said, I’m not sold on the whole fringed furniture look… maybe because my Mum had for most of my childhood a matching settee and two arm chairs that were velvet, tufted, button backed and fringed in emerald green.

Laurie

I am so excited about this series! Victorian elements in design has been my favorite for decades. Funnily enough, my husband and I, who are slowly renovating an old cottage in the forest, just said to each other we think the style is emerging as “Rustic Victorian.” (If a Victorian era couple had a cabin in the woods, what would it look like?) This was such an inspiring post. Really looking forward to more!

Emma

Emily! What a great post, breaking down all the elements making it easier to understand how to incorporate it into your own home. I LOVE this style, I think it is a hard one to achieve without looking cliched, or a pastiche of Victoriana, but when done well it can definitely ground the room and bring in some much needed colour. It’s great to see tufting and fringing used with modern fabrics which stop them looking matronly.
Think you for such a great blog, I love reading about all your projects. X

Mary

What an incredible post! I’ve never cared for the Victorian “look’ but I’ve had a change of heart. The new simplicity is really lovely. The color spectrum is gorgeous as well.

Gina

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this style and so inspired by all the photos you have included. Thank you for an awesome post!!

Shannon

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. I’m so into adding Victorian vibes to a modern space.

Also, it seems that a lot of these inspiration rooms feature an ornate mirror or picture frame. I’d be into a roundup of those, as I think that might be one of the easier ways I can incorporate this style in my own place.

Sarah

This topic is so timely for EH and her team, as I feel since her new/current house, her design has shifted much more towards traditional – yet she never denies her modern roots. We just completed our master bathroom, and I have been calling it “Modern Vintage” – I really mixed the two styles: floating RH Modern vanity with antique wall mirrors topped with floral detail; clawfoot tub with painted black feet over 12×24 gray/brown marble tile in a stacked pattern. Next up are two sets of glass pane black french doors with satin brass hardware with a round knob/rectangular back plate. Our house is a modern 1978 ranch, so as much as I wanted to dive into the Antique look, I couldn’t depart from modern. It was a lot of fun mixing the two styles, and per my contractor – I nailed it!

Vicki S Williams

Would love to see some pictures!

Emily

This is interesting to me because I live in an old Victorian and have struggled to mix the old with the new myself. I noticed that in every picture you used as an example the trim is painted. I have beautifully preserved stained wood trim and molding throughout my home and that has proven to be the most difficult thing to design around. It would be interesting to see a post about making an older space with stained wood feel modern and fresh. I think this something many of us with older homes struggle with.

Karina

I agree. I lived in an super charming Dutch Colonial for years and it had absolutely gorgeous woodwork in it. We did not want to paint quartersawn oak! White would have looked more modern and provided a better backdrop. I would love to see a post on working with woodwork!

Katie

Love this juxtaposition of old and new, and echoing this request for a post on working with stained woodwork!

Kathryn

I agree, I would love to see a post on working with/around stained woodwork! Our family room has beautiful walnut trim and moldings and it’s difficult finding inspiration — most often I see wood painted over in white but I’d like to work with the wood as opposed to against it.

Jane

Yes, yes, yes! I also live in a Victorian with lovely old unpainted woodwork and without wallpapering everything with cole & son (which i can not afford to do) it can be hard to know how to be respectful of the home’s bones without living in a period room.

Sarah

YES!! I second this. I was excited to see the title because I thought it would have advice on decorating my 1865 Victorian to look more modern and like a young family (us) live here. Stained wood trim is the bane of my existence.

courtney

Check out making it lovely blog. the main floor kept the original oak stain in tact and was inspiration for our tutor renovation.

Katie

Have you ever checked out lovetaza.com ? Her family recently moved into an apartment with the most beautiful stained wood trim and she did a wonderful job adding lots of color with old and new elements (while keeping the original details in tact!).

Emily– this was one of my favorite posts to date! I think this style takes a lot of creativity and even as someone who’s been crushing on MCM for a while now, it’s so nice to see a new style out there that feels fresh (but respects old world elements). Thank you thank you!

Val

This post is everything I didn’t know I wanted! We just signed a contract yesterday on a home built in the 1890’s, and I already know I will be referencing back to this over and over again!

Danielle

I’m so conflicted!! Ordinarily I enthusiastically devour all your posts, especially these style-focused ones… but I have to say I’m not feeling this one. And I don’t mean the Modern Victorian style – I was delighted to see this come up in my feed. I myself am a modern woman living in a Victorian house, trying to master the combo of respecting the unique features and architecture of my home while still keeping it fresh and modern. I think what bothers me most about this post is the lack of research into *actual* Victorian styles! I don’t claim to be an expert at all, but it’s really very interesting and I highly recommend reading into it more. The Victorians were a fascinating, bold, cheeky bunch. They layered wallpapers with friezes with ceiling papers way before layering patterns was a thing. They mastered the art of ‘faking it till you make it’ with amazing faux wood finishes. They incorporated cutting-edge technlogies with new materials like Lincrusta (basically decorative linoloeum) and the brand spanking new gas/electric – and then eventually fancy ALL electric – lights. They were very futuristic for the time! To me, this history is what is informing this Modern… Read more »

Katie

I am a history nerd and super into juxtaposing old and new and never made this connection between the Victorians and technology. Thank you for this insight!

Ryan

No doubt one of the best posts you’ve ever done. I found this to be so intriguing and new but also applicable and realistic. I have a few antique chests, shelving units, etc. that have been handed down to me that I know are worth a pretty penny, yet they don’t seem to fit within the more “2017” trends. I love how this makes the old seem new, and the new can really shine if you pick the right pieces and curate the environment correctly. Well done!

bubu

Hmmm…. trying very hard to approach this with an open mind and palette. And I know it can take the eye and mind some time to adjust to new trends or images. That said, I just feel sort of claustrophobic and like I’m at my grandma’s house looking at most of these images. Some of the botanical images I like — but I think that’s more just liking elements of nature (i like having lots of branches and plants and leaf patterns in my house and artwork, and otherwise not much visual stimulation). But thank you for stretching and pushing us to think past what’s comfortable, which is always a valuable exercise.

Emily

I love this!!! More, please!

Ann

That velvet couch with the skirted back is luscious!

Nicole

LOVE IT!!!! It reminds me of the time you were on Design Star and someone was supposed to decorate with a vintage theme. She did not pull it off, and you were all, “I would have crushed that.” I believed that you could.
Now I see what you mean. So cool!

Karina

I LOVE, love, love this post. I was just discussing this yesterday with my architect husband yesterday – how to integrate some these lovely Victorian elements into today’s homes. Thank you so much for all the visual candy!

Lisa

I really love all of the content you’ve provided lately. Great eye candy! I’m loving all the greens in paint and upholstery and the dark dramatic floral patterns are awesome.

Maggie

Funny, I was describing a certain style that I’m kind of into to someone recently, and I used the exact words “Modern Victorian.” This post puts that into pictures perfectly! I’m not sure I’d ever be brave enough to go full on with this style in my own home, but I do love the juxtaposition of the modern furniture and light fixtures with the more ornate, victorian architectural details.

Dolores Talarico

I absolutely LOVE this style, and this post! I learn so much from you every day! Thanks for taking the time to provide content that is rich in detail and that, as a writer, I know is so time consuming. The pictures were great, and overall it was a truly inspiring post! You nailed it! Thanks!

Kate

I am definitely into the California Casual and Scandinavian Minimalism that we’ve been seeing a lot of everywhere. BUT I LOVE to see stuff like this just to mix it up. While I personally wouldn’t introduce this into my home, it’s very fun to see you break down all the different elements, and I would love to see this in person, like in a hotel or airbnb I could stay at. I love to hear/read about what you see as up and coming trends, perhaps even more so when they aren’t exactly in the wheelhouse of what I put in my own home.

Laura

It’s interesting that most of the Victorian photos have dark, moody shadows, compared to the lighter, brighter Scandinavian and California Casual. Lighting makes such a difference in the feel of a room.

I love the large scale florals- I hope that is part of the style that has lots of staying power!

Julie S

Agree about the light – I live in California and really can’t imagine shutting myself away from the sun in all these rooms.

Margot

I have seen Scandinavian homes on blogs which are typically light and bright but have the odd feature wall of full blown floral wallpapers. It works amazingly! I suspect we may see a lot more of this.

Lilli

A lot of these pictures had a very European feel. I.e. gloomy days 🙂
Tall buildings block the light too. But there are houses like these in New York and San Francisco, dark and tall ceilinged, and full of ornate detailing.

Kimberly

I lived in England for a few years as a child, and I feel like even though I was little it really affected my design taste lol. I LOVE this style. I don’t think I could ever do a whole room in it, but I am always trying to find ways to add some victorian charm to my home.

Stacie

*moan* This is all so scrumptious and wonderful to see on your blog – you do simplicity and airiness so well. But, I really hope to see some of the jewel tones, luxe textures, and general fancy-ness featured here in the Portland house! I feel like you can definitely integrate some of this Victorian/Edwardian style there, while keeping it modern, family friendly, and at a cost you can swallow for resale. *fingers crossed.*

Charlotte

When I first read “Modern Victorian” I thought to myself, not for me! However, after scrolling through, at least 2/3rds of the designs shown I would plonk right into my house. It fits right in with what I’ve been drawn towards lately, and I totally just overloaded my pin boards. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Lisa

Um, yes.

I mean,

YESYESYESYESYESYESYES.

Also, thank you. I’m slowly refurnishing my guest room and with this post you’ve given me a name for what I’m doing. I got to fringe, BTW, with an embroidered silk shawl of my grandmother’s.

Now that you’ve showed me the way for our ceiling lighting fixture, I have to go search carefully for curtains and shades for this look.

Mystery

I absolutely looooove this style! I can see how this can be harmonized with a bit of boho and some mid-century to create a really warm space.

Stephanie Taylor

I work for a furniture outlet and we have some beautiful velvet tufted pieces, but customers shy away from them because they’re a bit formal. Most of my customers are looking for casual pieces. I think every home deserves some “jewelry”. How would you encourage customers to think outside their box?

Nicole Wasson

I liked this a lot! This look can really flow well with the Paris Art Deco style you profiled a few months ago, I think. Somehow, a combination of the two seems to be my sweet spot.

KZ

I love this! And the information you provided was great.

Courtney Madden

Some of these photos are fun to look at, but I mostly hate it as a design! I do like some architectural Victorian elements, and I love the artwork/accessories, but I hate, hate, hate the furniture. You did such a great mix of different ways to use this influence – I’d love to see more style roundups.

Meghan

Oh thank god. This maximalist was getting reeeeeal tired of all the California Casual. Color – yes! And fringe – that pink fringed light fixture is amazing, and now I need to go find the perfect mauve-y purple to paint a room! Long live color and clutter!

Noreen

YES! 100% with you! Color and clutter and art and history. Mixing and matching is life!

Carrie

I literally just inherited two velvet setees from my grandmother, and have been trying to figure out how the heck I can blend them into my home. This could not have been more timely. Thank you!

Julie S

Eh. I’ve never been a maximalist but having the craziness of little kids and being a stay at home mom really pushed me toward quiet, calming interior design. There are a half dozen of these pics that I liked, not ever to emulate but would make a great coffeehouse to visit. You know where I saw this style before? Sherlock and Watson’s apartment in the Benedict Cumberbatch series. Which is quite a few years old now!

Liz

I love this! Would love to see a post on modern Colonial style too!!

Amy

YES!! Thank you!! I have liked this style for a LONG time and I’m so happy to see you talk about it!! Hopefully it catches on……..I’m soooooooo tired of seeing fake ship lap and chippy paint every where!

Erin C

I’m not for fringe (thought my cats would disagree), but I’m all for velvet, florals, and deep colors. I’m tired of ALL WHITE ALL THE TIME. Bring on the curated maximalism. I’m on board.

Erin

This is such a smart, interesting post. I wasn’t interested in Modern Victorian at ALL when I started reading, but was completely fascinated by the end. Beautifully put together – thank you!

Ardis

THANK YOU EHD TEAM! I recently purchased my grandparents Victorian home (it’s been out of the family for almost 20 years) and have been racking my brain on how to furnish it in a more modern style while preserving the roots of the architecture and period. Most of the original details of the house remain and there is a TON of wood. That floral staircase made me tear up! So beautiful. Truly amazing inspiration.

sariah

I love this post so much. The photos speak to me. I am a Modern Victorian! Thank-you EHD!!!

Lindsey

Love this! We’re currently house hunting for a rowhouse in Old Town Alexandria, VA and I’ve been struggling with design inspiration for how to balance a historic home with more modern furniture and decor. I think this series is a sign we’re on the right track!

Mara Evans

I think the most exciting piece about this style (and there are many) is that PURPLE gets to be featured (on the walls, on the furniture, in the art, etc.). I’m happy to see the color palate become more dynamic.

Emily

Love this so much. So nice to see something different and more traditional on this site!

Christina

Love this post and this series! I think Gwen over at http://www.themakerista.com/ does an excellent job executing a style similar to what you have featured here.

Bonnie

Agreed, I instantly thought of Gwen’s home. I was a bit disappointed I didn’t see her mentioned in either this blog post or other comments (though I didn’t scroll through all of them…) It seems like only high end design is featured in this style round up, though it seems like a perfect opportunity to highlight the work that some have been doing for years in a much more accessible way…

HS

I mentioned Gwen as well, her design aesthetic is attainable but so lush! That deep mauve in the library always makes me swoon

MJ

Whoa – totally not my thing and I live in AZ so this style would look SILLY in 99% of the homes in my region, anyway. But it’s beautiful and I love reading about this! Great post.

Kelly

my husband and i recently stopped in a neighborhood bar in Chicago (Scofflaw, for the locals) and I was mildly surprised to see a full blown Victorian decorating theme, complete with lots of tufted ornate settees! My brother has for years been trying to pawn off my great-grandmother’s Victorian settee on me…while I can appreciate all of its glorious potential, it won’t work with the rest of my life…but I’m glad to tell him this style is coming around and maybe he can either enjoy its trendiness or find someone else who will love it!

Mary

That decor you described reminds me of the coffee shop in Friends.

Mandy

LOVE THIS! I have many antique Victorian pieces that were hand me downs from my great grandparents and family members so this would immensely help me to better incorporate these pieces in a modern way so my house doesn’t literally look like my grandparents’. Love it and thank you for the fabulous (as always) work!

Connie

Your posts have been so fabulous recently – informative, full of beautiful images ( even if the styles are not “my own”), & well thought out journalism! Know you & your staff are putting in a lot of hard work, but please keep it up!

Catherine

LOOOOOOVVVEEE this look!! I’ve always loved antiques and interesting objects all around me, and this post is such great inspiration for making the old things I’ve inherited look fresh and new. Great post!

Kim

Yeeeessssssss! I live in an 1880’s victorian and while I looooooovvveee the old world charm and special moldings and details, I have a serious preference for the modern and streamlined. When you were designing your current home I remember you saying things like ‘make sure the hard fixtures in your home fit the architectural style’ which I hated to hear and didn’t listen to–luckily for once! I’ve been trying to fit in more modern lighting and furniture to freshen things up while using paint and restraint to keep the highlights on the original detail. Can’t wait to see the roundups on this one and to reference over and over and over… keep it up!

Yolanda

My favorite thing about most of these spaces is the use of rich, dark colors. I love rooms with plenty of natural light, but I prefer to be surrounded in dark-painted walls with strong, moody colors. I don’t care for white walls or cool/crisp/breezy spaces at all. Since this is an emerging trend, I’d love to see some ideas for incorporating the moody of a Victorian Revival space without having to turn into Mrs Haversham and cover every surface in novelties and clutter.

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