For a style that brings together traditional and eclectic pieces, consider going for the new Victorian look in your home. This style is all about rich colour, classic wood and leather furniture and texture, combined with a few quirky pieces to bring the look right up to date.
Rich colour, dark woods and lots of detail create a space that’s dramatic and opulent. Mix as many luxurious textures as you like from leather to velvet and satin.
Choose a traditional flock wallpaper as the starting point for this scheme. Opt for a luxurious paper in a wine or plum colourway that will create a striking backdrop to your furniture and accessories.
Traditional furniture is key to this trend it’s perfect if you have inherited pieces in dark wood or perhaps your own salvaged junk-shop finds. A Chesterfield sofa in timeworn leather, for example, is a perfect choice for the living room and will instantly add Victorian-style character.
Other furniture that would work equally well include high-back armchairs in leather or sumptuous velvet, an upholstered footstool, a reclaimed teak storage chest that can be used as a smart coffee table, or classic wooden bookcase.
Begin adding bursts of colour to this look to keep it feeling fresh and modern. Upholstering a footstool? Go for a chartreuse velvet and continue this colour scheme with cushions in the same fabric, mixed with a few in satin stripes.
This look will work best if the pattern and colour on walls and furniture is combined with simple flooring, such as a neutral carpet or exposed-wood floorboards with a wool rug to add comfort underfoot.
Add quirky accessories think silk purple lampshades, faux taxidermy such as a flock antelope head in purple, or glass done bell jars to cover ornaments.
Use new Victorian style to create a dramatic dining room, living room or bedroom, but be wary of applying a darker colour scheme to a small space – the result might look cramped and oppressive.
This sturdy chest reminds us of an apothecary table and the six drawers on each side offer bags of storage.
Classic coffee table in Dark Teak, £749, Raft
A chesterfield or velvet sofa, or vintage-style armchair are the foundations, but accessories pull this look together: look for decorative book ends and animal motifs.
Handmade in the UK, this classic chesterfield in soft golden leather will last you a lifetime.
Thomas sofa in Antique Gold, £1,295, Fleming & Howland
Mix revival pieces, unique vintage finds and your existing decor to capture the eclectic mood of this look.
Chair, £999, House of Fraser
Looking for more autumn/winter decorating trends 2011? Choose your favourite from our pick of the best emerging trends for the new season. Plus, take a look at our Home Fashion Week hub to see how these looks have been recreated in real-life homes – from a Mid Century house and a New Victorian bungalow, to a Chic and Sleek apartment.