PERIOD STYLES: VICTORIAN PERIOD

Queen Victoria (1837-1901) was Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Eclecticism was a key feature of Victorian style, as was obsession with detail. Fireplaces were ornate and ornamentation was busy. Heavy draped fabrics were common, and fabrics were highly patterned. Classicism, Byzantine and Romanesque were revived, while Gothic style was favoured for churches, universities and public buildings. The Victorian age was a time when mass production meant that imitation and reproduction goods were readily available and the middle classes saw their homes as a reflection of their status.

Victorian colour schemes often included rich, dark colours such as maroon, dark blue and dark green.  Mossy, forest greens were also popular. Victorian colours in our 1829 paint range include Camisole Pink, Kashmir Beige, Osborne Maroon, Smalt and Tapestry Green.

Rich patterns such as flocks and damasks became popular, and depictions of nature such as birds and flowers were also commonly used.

Paint effects were commonly used in the Victorian period, such as marbling, stencilling and stippling.

Gilding (the application of thin layers of metal onto a surface) has been used since Egyptian times but it was during the Victorian period that gilt and metallic became prominent in the UK in both interior and exterior ornamentation. You can use metallic paints to create the same look.