Coordinate Your Holiday Decor with Your Interior Design Style Part 3
Have a Very Victorian Christmas
The Victorian era was a special time for Christmas lovers. The people of that time revived many old Christmas traditions such as caroling and also created new traditions that are alive today, such as sending Christmas cards. It’s no wonder many people choose to decorate for the holidays in a style that celebrates that time period. It works even better when you live in a Victorian style home.
Victorian Christmas decorating usually revolves around a color scheme. Rich cranberry, pastel pink, ivory and gold teamed together is one good option. Victorians loved elegance, using generous amounts of wide ribbons, delicate laces, fringes, tassels, rich fabrics and beads. They draped festive swags of pine or ivy on mantelpieces, banisters and window frames. Opulence was a must for people who could afford it, showing off the wealth of the newly industrialized nation.
In the Victorian age, trees were lit with candles, but today a much safer idea is to buy tree lights shaped like candles. Another elegant Victorian touch to your tree is to drape wide, shimmery wire ribbon vertically from the tip of the tree downward. Add garland made of faux pearls or glass beads and use loads of ornaments wrapped in satin and beads or made of hand blown glass. Lush silk flowers are also a favorite Victorian decoration.
Fruit also played a part in the decorating schemes of this era. Add pineapples, oranges, apples and grapes to the greenery on your mantle. Hang elegant stockings of brocade or velvet and complete your lovely holiday fireplace setting.
Many people who love Victorian decorations don’t think the look would be complete without creating a Victorian village on a tabletop or mantle. This is a beautiful collection you can add to each year. If you choose quality pieces, your Victorian Christmas village will become a family heirloom and provide holiday pleasure for generations to come. Of course, you can achieve the look and enjoy the nostalgia with less expensive pieces as well.
For the final touch, don’t forget the Victorian kissing ball. It causes the same effect as mistletoe, but looks much more elegant and time period appropriate. The one pictured here is fairly simple, but they can be as elegant as you like, festooned with blossoms and berries.
No matter what your interior design style, dress your home in holiday decor that compliments it and you’ll feel proud and comfortable all through this happy, hectic time of year.