How to get the new Victorian look

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  • 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.

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