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Welcome to the General Advice area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

Steampunk Interiors

Steampunk Interiors

Steampunk refers to retro-technology (a technology possibly powered through steam) such as analogue computers set in a fantastical alternate history of the 19th century.

22 Jan 2013
Will Steampunk Interiors be the new mainstream? It looks as if it is poised to conquer and evidence of this emerging trend can already be seen in jewellery, fashion and film but what about interior design? For those who aren’t initiated to the Steampunk cult, Steampunk in it’s purest form started as the perverted offspring of science fiction and postmodernism and originally a genre of fiction.
Upholstery fabric

Upholstery fabric

Traditional upholstered furniture tends to have a large repeat pattern and when reupholstering a chair or sofa, using a traditional fabric with a large repeat pattern in traditional colours will make the chair fit well within a period interior.

22 Jan 2013
Fabric is used for a variety of purposes and generally the requirements of the fabric for each distinct purpose are different. For example for curtain fabric you may have unique requirements for each window depending on your room, window size and type and the side of the house it is on. You may want a sheer fabric that stops passers by seeing in but that allows light into a dark room. Or you may have draughty single glazed windows and…
What Is A Ceiling Rose?

What Is A Ceiling Rose?

The benefits of a ceiling rose are that it frames the connection and makes a feature of the light. It will add glamour and make a room look dressed and of it's historic period.

22 Jan 2013
Perhaps you have been researching Victorian properties and may be wondering 'what is a ceiling rose?'. In any room, the obvious place to have the most important and largest source of light is in the centre of the room, so for many hundreds of years there would have been a central pendant light. Traditionally ceiling roses in the centre of rooms were used to obscure the fixings used to hang a light fitting – this idea has been continued…
How to Choose Victorian Cast Iron Radiators

How to Choose Victorian Cast Iron Radiators

Cast iron radiators can be supplied in a variety of finishes nowadays including plain, painted in any colour including metallic colours, sandblasted, antiqued and polished.

22 Jan 2013
Cast iron radiators have had a resurgence in popularity recently both for aesthetic reasons within period house restorations and possibly partly due to the fact that they retain their heat better and stay warmer for longer than radiators that are not cast iron. Cast iron radiators are a beautiful traditional feature that will enhance the room of any period home. They are made in columns, which determines their depth out of the wall, and…
Using Luxury Silk Fabric In Your Victorian Home

Using Luxury Silk Fabric In Your Victorian Home

If there is one item we most strongly associate with Victorian interiors it is the heavy sumptuousness of often elaborate curtains and drapery which adorned all homes.

22 Jan 2013
If there is one item we most strongly associate with Victorian interiors it is the heavy sumptuousness of often elaborate curtains and drapery which adorned all homes. Thick velvets, luxury silk fabric, damasks and tapestries will most definitely add glamour and luxury to the humblest or simplest of rooms but may make a small room dark unless chosen with care. It is generally advisable that large patterns and dark colours do not suit…
What Are Corbels?

What Are Corbels?

Corbels come in many different designs and sizes from the simple scroll cutshape corbel with strong lines, the fluted corbel to the large highly decorative corbels. It’s down to personal taste and the style of the room where the corbel is to be used which is…

22 Jan 2013
If you've been researching Victorian properties, you may be wondering 'what are corbels?' Corbels are a decorative feature that can be used in many different places to enhance the interior of your period home. Anything that looks like it needs to be supported such as shelves or mantelpieces could be enhanced by decorative corbels.
Adding Period Light Switches And Sockets In Your Home

Adding Period Light Switches And Sockets In Your Home

Light switches are a small but really important element that can make a big difference – this is something you touch many times per day so buy the best you can afford to take real pleasure in every day activities.

22 Jan 2013
When it comes to house renovations, missing out period light sockets and switches and opting for cheap plastic ones can really let your house renovation down. Something that can really make a difference to the finish of your period property is using brass sockets and switches which needn’t be cost prohibitive.
Using Victorian Cornicing Or Coving

Using Victorian Cornicing Or Coving

Cornice or coving are used in conjunction with dado rails, picture rails and skirting boards and these would have originally been chosen as a set to complement each other.

22 Jan 2013
Using Victorian cornicing or coving is a really important element of a period house. Rooms especially within a Victorian house without coving look different from what's expected of the period and simply look odd. Cornice is used to provide a join between the walls and the ceiling of a house. They are usually used as primarily a decorative feature but as a vestige of the Greek classical order make the room look somehow complete and in…
Choosing A Victorian Style Toilet Roll Holder

Choosing A Victorian Style Toilet Roll Holder

In a period style home there are a number of different designs of toilet roll holders that would be suitable alongside your Victorian toilet and can be matched with other chrome bathroom accessories.

22 Jan 2013
Toilet roll holders are an essential accessory for any bathroom. Toilet rolls if left on the floor or on top of the toilet can be unhygienic to use or fall in and block the toilet. A Victorian style roilet roll holder can help keep your bathroom tidy and hygienic whilst also adding to your period home.
How To Fit Stair Runner Carpet

How To Fit Stair Runner Carpet

Stair runner carpet is simply a carpet that runs down the center of a staircase and over landings. Typically the type of staircase that will suit one would need to be sanded and finished in Danish oil or Varnish. Here's some top tips!

22 Jan 2013
Stair runner carpet is simply a carpet that runs down the centre of a staircase and over landings, usually used in conjunction with stair rods. This is a traditional, yet stylish Victorian home decor element that can give any property an authentic, period feel.

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