Victorian Interior Design Guide: Room Examples & Ideas (Photos)


This is our main Victorian Interior Design Style Guide where you can access Victorian interior ideas and galleries for each room of the home. Includes modern Victorian interiors as well.

Victorian era living room home decor.

Welcome to the Victorian home decor style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Victorian style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.

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Victorian Style Interior Examples (by Room)

The following are photo examples of Victorian-style interiors (room-by-room).  Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Victorian-style photo galleries for each room.

The following examples are from this house (Design by Chango & Co.).

Living Rooms

Light and airy living room decorated with gorgeous artworks and a lovely chandelier that hung over the glass top coffee table surrounded by cozy seats. It has a fireplace and glazed windows bringing an abundance of natural light in.

Light and airy living room decorated with gorgeous artworks and a lovely chandelier that hung over the glass top coffee table surrounded by cozy seats. It has a fireplace and glazed windows bringing an abundance of natural light in.

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Kitchens

White kitchen contrasted by black dome pendants that hung over a breakfast island that's lined with woven counter chairs. It has floating shelves and a stainless steel range hood fixed against the marble backsplash.

White kitchen contrasted by black dome pendants that hung over a breakfast island that’s lined with woven counter chairs. It has floating shelves and a stainless steel range hood fixed against the marble backsplash.

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Dining Rooms

Colorful wall art provides a nice accent in this dining room with cushioned chairs and an oval dining table illuminated by a unique chandelier. It includes a pair of wooden console tables and rectangular mirrors that add perfect symmetry in the room.

Colorful wall art provides a nice accent in this dining room with cushioned chairs and an oval dining table illuminated by a unique chandelier. It includes a pair of wooden console tables and rectangular mirrors that add perfect symmetry in the room.

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Bedrooms

This master bedroom showcases a comfy bed and a white tufted lounge chair over a gray area rug. It includes a black and white artwork that hung above the dark wood console table flanked by full-height windows.

This master bedroom showcases a comfy bed and a white tufted lounge chair over a gray area rug. It includes a black and white artwork that hung above the dark wood console table flanked by full-height windows.

See more Victorian-style bedrooms here.

Bathrooms

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A printer runner stands out against the white floor and walls mounted with black framed artworks. It is accompanied by a round side table and a freestanding bathtub with chrome fixtures.

A printer runner stands out against the white floor and walls mounted with black framed artworks. It is accompanied by a round side table and a freestanding bathtub with chrome fixtures.

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Entry Halls

Victorian foyer illuminated by a wrought iron pendant light that hung from the ornate white ceiling. There's a metal console table on the side that's paired with a gorgeous mirror along with a bordered area rug on the opposite side that lays on the natural hardwood flooring.

Victorian foyer illuminated by a wrought iron pendant light that hung from the ornate white ceiling. There’s a metal console table on the side that’s paired with a gorgeous mirror along with a bordered area rug on the opposite side that lays on the natural hardwood flooring.

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What is Victorian Home Decor?

One of the more elegant and sophisticated styles is the Victorian one. Characterized by the Victorian era, this classical interior design is mostly about Victorian decor – glitz, glamor, Victorian Gothic style, a sprinkling of art deco and art nouveau, plush fabrics, and strong color schemes. You’re going to have a whole lot of small rooms that serve their own purpose, overstuffed furniture that’s very elegant and sleek in design and plenty of frills and scrollwork throughout everything. There’s a lot of splendor associated with a Victorian home interior and definitely for good reason. It’s all about patterns and elegant materials to go along with the high-class scene that it evokes in most people’s minds.

Distinguishing Design Features

There may be quite a lot of stuff in a modern Victorian home with lots of design ideas because this was considered a mark of elegance and wealth. There’s also wallpaper in a lot of the rooms which is showcased in pastel colors or in elegant patterns that may showcase florals. You’ll have a lot of ivory and gold accents here and you’re definitely going to have a lot of decorative aspects. Where there isn’t wallpaper you’ll find painted designs or even decorative pieces that are affixed to the wall to add some texture and definitely to add some scrolling. The main idea is that Victorian is going to be stylish. You’ll find larger pieces of furniture that feature a lot of scrollwork and carving as well as dark wood tones and more wood showcased throughout the space. Not only that but you’ll find chandeliers and old fashioned lighting.

Materials

There are plenty of materials here but some of the more common ones are going to be heavy silks, damask, and velvet. These are going to be heavier and will create a little bit more darkening throughout the room. Though the lighting is commonly larger, this is important because of the heavy curtains that are used on the large windows. You’ll also find patterns just about everywhere including the walls, the rugs, and the furniture. There will be more than just traditional flowers, however, as you’ll find just about any pattern possible somewhere in one of these types of rooms. Lace may be found on the backs of chairs and couches or even on tables and you’ll find marble in accents or even as part of fireplaces and tables to add an even more expensive air to the room.

Furniture

When it comes to furniture you’re going to find that mantelpieces and fireplaces are quite common in the sitting rooms which also feature highly elegant chairs and lounges. Button-backed chairs and ottomans were very popular and so were chairs and couches that featured tufting with walnut, oak or mahogany accents throughout. These pieces will generally look very ritzy and though they may not be as comfortable as some styles, they’re not the most uncomfortable either. The hand-carved aspect of furniture was a sign of wealth and prestige so you’ll find even more carved elements throughout the room and not just on the furniture either.

Décor Accessories

Decorative aspects will generally feature some type of frame, like a picture or a mirror. These will often have a lot of gold filigree and large work around the outside to draw even more attention to the piece and really make it feel like it’s something expensive. It’s important not to skimp on these areas because the gold is really something special that will create a unique look for the room. If you don’t have these large frames around your pieces it’s definitely not going to look the same or fit with the style.

Other decorative aspects were rugs and lamps that were made with a variety of different patterns and colors. The main idea is to have plenty of accessories as a well-filled home was also a sign of wealth for the person who owned it. Having a lot of open space was definitely not appealing in this style and means you’re going to want to look at some of the real antiques that you can get to help create the ideal look for this type of room or space. Overall, you want a lot of big and bold accents, carvings and gold to help create the elegance and sophistication of the era.

Why it Looks Great

The reason this one looks great is that it’s going to give you a wealthy appearance and it’s going to let you showcase a lot of elegance and grace at the same time. The Victorian style of interior décor is all about heavy materials, heavy furniture, and long-lasting pieces that are going to help you create something truly unique. You can get all types of furniture and accessories and all different colors at the same time so the specifics are really going to be entirely up to you when you’re ready to get started.

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