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8 Ways to Optimize Space in Victorian Houses

 

Plenty of things get named after you when you're a royal, and architecture is no exception.

Victorian houses were built between 1840 to 1900 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Today it is referred to as the Victorian era. Contrary to popular belief, there is no one definition of a Victorian house.

In fact, there are at least ten different styles of homes such as Victorian homes such as Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. Although details differ, the architectural foundation largely remains the dame.

Found mostly in Britain and its former colonies, you'll find a great deal of new and original Victorian houses in San Francisco, London and Toronto.

Seeing as Victorian houses are narrow and long, optimizing the space is not as straightforward as in contemporary housing. They were built for a time with different needs and optimized according to the periodic standards. 

But fear not! Designing and decorating Victorian houses is easier than it seems. Just keep these eight factors into consideration when modernizing your humble abode.

Optimizing your Victorian house interior just got easier.

 

 

 1. UtILIZE AN ENTIRE WALL AS A BOOKSHELF IN VICTORIAN HOUSES

 

 

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Avoid taking up excess space by adding chunky bookshelves to narrow walls. Instead, add a shelving unit along the ends of the room. As such, the place will appear broader and less elongated. It's also a great use of space that would otherwise go untouched.

 

A top to bottom bookshelf is a modern take on in-built shelving units that use do be a part of the architecture in the original design. Shelving units along the walls can block light and make space claustrophobic, which is why taking up an area along the ends of the room makes all the difference.

 

 

 

  1. LIGHTING MATTERS IN VICTORIAN HOUSES DESIGN

 

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Lighting is always key to a homely modern Victorian house.

 

Omitting to use the vertical space surrounding a staircase is a common foible. Adding fixtures such as pendant lights with different lengths is a great way to make space look bigger and brighter!

 

Using chandeliers is another way to change the mood of Victorian houses interior. It creates an elegant vibe that Queen Victoria would surely approve of regardless of the century.

 

 

 

  1. COLOURS FOR VICTORIAN HOUSES ARE ESSENTIAL

 

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You might be familiar with an accent wall, but did you know accent ceilings are popular, too? Granted, we don't spend much time looking up indoors, but a light ceiling can invite the room to more light and give the illusion of grander space.

 

Victorian houses inside are often considered small and dark. But this does not have to be the case. Proper use of lighting is an excellent way to optimize your home, but don't limit yourself to artificial light. Use day-time brightness as well.

 

 

 

  1. CHANGE THE VICTORIAN HOUSES STYLE THROUGH THE USE OF GLASS AND MAKE IT LIGHTER

 

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A popular Victorian houses style is to include open concept rooms. If you wish to create different spaces within the room, incorporate glass shelves or walls to introduce structure.

 

There's no need to worry about the space growing dark as the glass allows for light to shine through, regardless of where you are. Modify older Victorian houses for sale that appear dark by removing all walls and opt for as much glass detailing as possible.

 

 

 

  1. MAKE GOOD USE OF A KITCHEN ISLAND IN A VICTORIAN HOUSES INTERIOR

 

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Another way to optimize space in an original Victorian house is to include an open concept kitchen. Kitchen islands are frequent in modern homes in 2019 as they are a great way to utilize space in tight areas.

 

A kitchen island can be used as a counter to prepare food, storage and a seating area. Seeing as it is also rectangular, it is sure to fit right into the Victorian house's design and make space look bigger.

 

Storage tends to be a problem in most spaces, but especially in Victorian houses. During this period, it wasn't necessary to have as much storage availability as in modern times.

 

 

  1. USE STYLISH FURNITURE FOR STORAGE SOLUTIONS

 

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Media furniture shouldn't be limited to showcasing televisions, use the item in a new way to highlight your space! It can be used to make a room look bigger and as a space to decorate. But most importantly, it's an excellent place for storage.

 

Opt for new minimalist furniture design to de-clutter the space and make it up to date with the century. Use decorative items such as coffee table books, bowls and antiques to decorate the low table.

 

  1. USE EARTH TONES TO HIGHLIGHT THE VICTORIAN HOUSES ARCHITECTURE

 

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As you can see, despite a Victorian houses design, there are ways to modernize the space to fit modern needs. At their base, most homes in 2019 include grey and white color schemes — modern colors by today's standards.

 

But don't be shy to add neutral earth tones into the mix. Victorian houses architecture is often detailed and sharp. Earth tones like moss green, taupe and beige can be used to soften up the Victorian house's design.

 

 

  1. DELICATE ENTRANCE BUREAU WITH LAMPS IN VICTORIAN HOUSES

 

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Period architecture from the Victorian house's era commonly has front doors that are high and can have a double opening door. Upon entering through the original doors, you should feel the wow-factor further enhanced. But there is usually a space limitation when it comes to entrances.

 

A new take on entryway design can revolutionize the period architecture. Add a delicate bureau and matching lamps to make the home look inviting and bright. Another solution is to add a chandelier and Persian rug to add a rich depth to space.

 

Creating a cosy space in Victorian houses is easier than it looks! Keep in mind that natural light is an optimal tool to enlarge any room, and interior design should always be functional.

 

 

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