According to Victorian Houses, Victorian homeowners designed their homes around a bustling and grand social life. Social events surrounded drawing room discussions, dinner parties, brandy and cards. The house, therefore, became a "show horse" of elegance and style. Although "Victorian" covers many different styles, such as Gothic Revival, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival, the colours of the Victorian style are uniform in their rich, inviting qualities.
According to Victorian Station, exterior paint colours for Victorian homes tended to be lighter than interior paint colours. Often tan, light blues, creams or salmons, exterior colours showed vibrancy and attracted visitors. In fact, Victorian Station points out that vibrant exterior colours continue to characterise Victorian houses even a hundred years after the Victorian period. When choosing a Victorian exterior colour, focus on what pops elegantly against the nearby scenery and what complements the architecture and interior decorations.
According to Victorian Station, interior house colours varied between dark city dwellings and light country dwellings. Despite this fact, certain colours represent the Victorian interior. Decorators placed lighter colours in most rooms, except for dining rooms, drawing rooms and libraries. However, rich colours, always in Victorian vogue, lifted the seeming importance of each room with mahoganies, velvety reds, golds and greens. Although traditional Victorian colours tend toward medieval and dark colours, Victorian Station suggests that late Victorian houses should be decorated in the lighter colours that became more common as Arts and Crafts took over older Victorian style.
Although contemporary cornice colours tend toward white, Old House Colors says that Victorians painted their cornices with rich dark colours to match or complement room colours. Even more, different divisions in the cornice were painted various colours, including soft reds, moss greens, deep greens, terra cotta and even metallic colours, like bronze or gold. In addition, designers used red, green and blue wallpapers with floral deep creams or tans to add interest to rooms.
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