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Trends & Finds

The Modern Victorian

For a traditional home with contemporary influences, be inspired by the Victorian period. Think of the genteel of mid 19th Century ladies, romantic flowers and a soft feminine feel, complemented with a sophisticated, regal opulence.

The Victorian period follows the Industrial Revolution where an increased wealth in England allowed for access to furniture, textiles and accessories that had previously been out of reach. The Victorians developed a lust for the finer things in life, where one’s home was often a showcase of wealth and hierarchy.

This style exudes romance with intricate detail and beautiful patterns. Minimalism was never a consideration in the mid to late 19th Century. Victorian decor was an eclectic mix of styles and excessive ornamentation.

Think wallpaper adorned in damask and flora and fauna motifs. Velvet cushions, high back sofas with deep buttoning and lavish drapes.

Whilst the current trend may not call for the over-the-top opulence that the Victorian era commanded, enhancing a classic or traditional scheme at home with these accents is simple and effective in creating interest. Incorporate elements of the style with a contrast of modern pieces and influences.

Add the Max Sparrow Lily Tuft Settee with deep buttoning for effect or add a rug from one of Australia’s most iconic textile designers Florence Broadhurst. The Oly San Francisco collection at Coco Republic also has a selection of pieces that add timeless style.

Liz

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