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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.
There are many different styles of traditional Victorian skirting available to fit into your period house. It is likely that you already have skirting in some places but that it has become damaged or needs to be replaced. Skirting boards are relatively cheap to buy and apart from minor cosmetic damage, is probably not worth the time and cost of wood filler and other materials to repair it.
Good quality Victorian chandeliers are expensive and should be viewed as an investment for your home. If you choose a classic chandelier, you will be able to take it from house to house with you if you choose to and it should last you and your offspring a lifetime or more.
Traditional kitchen cupboard handles can be purchased in many different styles, materials and price brackets. If you have a kitchen that is a little tired but budget does not allow you to simply replace, upgrading your kitchen cupboard handles and kitchen drawer knobs is an excellent way to revamp your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.
To keep the heat in or the sun out on hot days, Victorians would use both blinds and curtains combined on the same windows. Curtains would be changed according to the seasons with heavy fabrics with good insulation properties used for Winter curtains and lighter ones used in Spring and Summer. On Winter curtains, a thermal type of thick lining would be used to keep out drafts.
Choosing bathroom lighting and the correct positioning for lights can be tricky. The bathroom is a room where lighting needs to be bright to enable activities to be carried out with ease. There is nothing worse than plucking ones eyebrows in semi darkness with inadequate bathroom lights.
When choosing Victorian interior lighting for your period home, there are many different factors to consider. One of the most important considerations for interior lighting and ambiance of the room and having the right amount of light for the activity that goes on it that room.
When choosing the right type of wallpaper for a Victorian house, and its different rooms, it’s important to understand how wallpaper was used in the Victorian era and to try to pay homage to that in order for the interior decoration to be in keeping with the age of the house.
In a Victorian house there are several different uses of tiles. When renovating your home, the following information should help you to choose Victorian house tiles that are appropriate for the different areas in the house.
Well-chosen Victorian curtain fabrics and vintage style upholstery fabric designs can really add to the authentic Victorian atmosphere in any room of your period home. To keep that genuine Victorian feel, try to follow the general rules that the Victorians stuck to when choosing Victorian curtain fabric or material for your Victorian house renovation.