Thursday, April 29, 2010

Victorian Style

Victorian style decorating has been popular since its heyday during the Victorian Era, an industrious time of culture, change and discovery. Although the name finds its roots from Queen Victoria's reign in Great Britain from 1837-1901, Victorian style had spread across the globe.

In Europe, the architecture during the Victorian Era was very Gothic, with stone buildings featuring pointed arches, steeply pitched roofs, pointed windows with decorative embellishments, pinnacles, battlements and an asymmetrical design. Also known as Gothic Revival Architecture, this style can be found in stone buildings such as churches here in the United States.

While there are many Victorian architecture styles here in America, including Italiante House Style, Folk House Style and Shingle House Style, the most notable seems to be Queen Anne House Style. Houses built and decorated in this way are also known as Gingerbread Houses, as their colorful and decorative designs make them look like they are right out of a fairy tale. Some of the characteristics these types of homes share are steep, pointed roofs, rounded towers, elaborate, large porches that wrap around 1 or 2 sides of the home, bay or oriel windows, fish scale shingle siding and ornate designs that are very asymmetrical.

Typically,Victorian decor has fanciful embellishments and intricate carvings. Louis Comfort Tiffany's famous stained glass lamps, with their beautifully carved bronze bases and nature inspired, hand cut stained glass shades, were a perfect fit for the Victorian Era. While original Tiffany lamps are hard to find and quite expensive, you can easily find quality Tiffany replication lamps from manufacturers like Meyda Tiffany. Being an authorized online dealer of Meyda Tiffany, I am currently featuring some stunning fabric and glass beaded fringe Tiffany lamps on my homepage at HomeTreasureCove. These classic Victorian style lamps are so elegant.

I've also updated my Classic Collectibles page to include a Vintage Replicas & Victorian Collectibles category. Here you can find nostalgic little treasures for your home and garden that are affordable replicas of vintage Victorian style decor. If you like retro, shabby chic, cottage style, feminine decor, check this page often to see what new items I've found.


Kathryn said...

The house you show looks like one in Costa Mesa, Ca. I think it just lovely.

I do like the look of Victorian style & appreciate it, but it would never fit into our current house (nor would my hubby appreciate it).

Vinyl Siding New Jersey said...

That's a beautiful home, thanks for sharing, I love these old Victorian style houses.