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How-to tips on Victorian living

Welcome to the How-To Tips area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

30 Jan 2014
Researching the history of your Victorian home can be a fascinating journey of discovery - unlocking some of the secrets of former residents and what the house may have been like in the past. Whether you’re renovating a Victorian house or simply a lover of the style, knowing the history can offer great insight into the way you view your home.

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14 Jun 2018

Background to Victorian decoration and furnitureDesign of anything in a particular period will depend on the social and creative background to the period and in Victorian Britain there was a massive diversity in styles and a high output of furniture. The Victorians loved to show off their wealth and good taste and this was demonstrated by the interior design and decoration of their homes and the furniture they chose for it. The newly…

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16 May 2018

We get a lot of calls from customers who have had the good fortune to purchase a Victorian house with a wealth of period features including some original tiles on floors and walls. The Victorians typically tiled a wealth of their house’s surfaces including hallway floors with intricate and colourful patterned designs sometimes incorporating encaustic tiles; porch floors and walls to encompass skirting, dado and feature tiles in eye…

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26 Apr 2017
How to add period features to your homeWhen undertaking period home renovations, there is a danger that any new products that are incorporated will look brand spanking new and at odds with the other interior elements. This is a common concern with our customers which is why we’ve put together a guide to creating and sourcing authentic looking period property features. Some of the products that we sell will help to recreate that 120…

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06 Jul 2016

Have you purchased a period house and are planning a restoration but don’t like the idea of living in a time warp? If so, here is our brief guide on how to restore your house with modern victorian interiors whilst also enjoying the original features of the house. This will help to complement the house without looking out of place or from the wrong architectural period.It is possible to create a stunning modern interior whilst still…

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27 Jun 2016

Do you have a room in your period property that you need to use for work or household administration purposes? It can be a wonderful space to transform into a Victorian style study. There are a few essential elements to look out for and if you can accommodate all of these, your room can become a sophisticated and calm place - ideal for working productively.In order to transform your room into a Victorian style study, first of all you…

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23 Jun 2016

Victorian architecture is a beautiful feature of many streets in the towns and cities of the UK. But did you know that as a result of the expnsion of the British Empire, other countries have a wealth of Victorian homes and buildings too? Here are some locations picked from around the world so that you can admire these beautiful buildings on your travels.Where did the British empire expand to?During the 18th century, a few English…

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25 Sep 2015
Foresight is a great thing but not always possible in the minefield that is period house restoration. So we hope this picking of brains will prove useful as we ask our customers to tell us what was the best and worst thing they spent money on during their house renovation.

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27 Jul 2015
It’s always easy to be wise in retrospect. “If only I’d known”, you may often think to yourself when renovating your period house. But in truth as these customer testaments reveal, most renovators would not swap their money pit for a problem (and character) free new-build under any circumstances.

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22 Oct 2014

Plaster coving is best used on plastered surfaces i.e. walls and ceilings. Wooden coving is best used outdoors and is commonly used on porches and verandahs. It is also used to give a professional finish around the tops of kitchen cupboards and for making decorative curtain pelmets. Many people choose to use wooden coving on walls and ceilings instead of plaster because they perceive plaster coving as being heavy and messy and the…

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