Victorian style bedrooms have an antique feel to them, yet the Victorian era began less than 200 years ago. This era ended around 1900 with the death of Queen Victoria, but Victorian style decorating continues to be popular today.
Victorian-style beds are made from either cast-iron, brass, or a combination of the two. If you have money, you can hire a carpenter to create a replica of a Victorian era bed. However, there are modern reproductions sold at a fraction of the cost of an authentic, custom-made bed.
Victorian beds should be elaborately made, using canopies, drapes, lots of pillows, and ribbons. Some fabric stores may have Victorian period quilts and other accessories.
In addition to the bed, you need to include a marble topped table or cabinet in your Victorian-style room. You should also have a wicker, bamboo, or faux bamboo table somewhere in the room, perhaps as a nightstand. Thrift shops and junk yards may have authentic period pieces, saving you time and effort.
Victorian era lights include ginger-jar lamps as well as porcelain, crystal, and brass fixtures. You may also use candlestick holders reminiscent of the period. Whatever you decide, place crocheted doilies under each light fixture.
Dressers and chests of drawers should be made from mahogany, walnut, or dark stained oak. Typically, these pieces are embellished with carvings and have ornate brass drawer pulls. The most authentic pieces come with a candle stand and tilting mirror, but these are not necessary. They also tend to look vintage and worn, so maybe look for a dresser or chest that has had a previous owner and has taken some lsight damage.
Victorian bedrooms cover the floor with Oriental rugs or straw mats. If you cannot find either of these, use machine loomed rugs with a floral or swirly pattern.
For a more authentic look, include accessories such as period pictures, elaborate mirrors, and fresh flowers. China dishes or figurines also lend an air of authenticity to a Victorian style bedroom.
Windows require full curtains, preferably with ruffles, lace, bows, and other ornate decorations. For a true Victorian look, curtains should be made out of velvet, brocade, or delicate florals.
It is not difficult to decorate a Victorian bedroom. When in doubt, think ornate. Look in magazines and on the Internet to get some ideas about how bedrooms looked during the Victorian period, and then use your creativity to recreate the Victorian age in your room.