Victorian Style for Your Home: How to Get the Look


Greyfield Widespread Bathroom Faucet & Towel Ring in Brushed Gold for Victorian style Greyfield Widespread Bathroom Faucet & Towel Ring in Brushed Gold for Victorian style

If your personal style takes on a more-is-more approach woven with a flair for tradition, Victorian interior design might be the perfect way to express yourself in your home. Exuding opulence from color to pattern to texture, this style may seem as if there’s no reason to the rhyme, but in fact blends many elements to work harmoniously. If carried out with carefully selected furnishings, you can develop a Victorian design aesthetic that’s uniquely your own.


What is Victorian Style?

Aptly named, Victorian style originated in 19th century England during the rule of Queen Victoria. Among the upper courts, maximalist designs swept interiors, mixing objects and art across a variety of locales and timelines.

Courtesy of the Industrial Revolution, a period of economic prosperity and mass production emerged, providing the middle-class accessibility to these decorative pieces, which otherwise would not have been possible.

Indeed, a sense of prosperity tends to dominate the overarching aesthetic—but this is a look that anyone can achieve in their bathroom, kitchen, and all around the home by breaking down the key characteristics that make it so appealing.

Victorian style bathroom with Amyr Oval Decorative Vanity Mirror in Gold leaf
Victorian bathroom with the Hibiscus Tub Faucet in Matte Black
Rich, dramatic color palette
Victorian bathroom with the Greyfield Faucet in Aged Brass
Warm, ultra-inviting ambiance
Wood cabinet with the Spurlock Cabinet Knob in Champagne Bronze
Textural, era-appropriate materials
Statement-worthy, ornate silhouettes
Now let’s take a deeper look at these quintessentially Victorian design elements.

Dream Up a Rich, Dramatic Color Palette

An instant way to transport any home into the Victorian era is through color. Defined by opulent jewel tones that envelop all who enter the room, consider using dark rubies or browns, regal blues, or lush emeralds as your starting point. If less saturated tones are more your style, muted pastels and drab olives make for intriguing color stories as well.

Victorian style dining room with Aged Brass Stanburn 6-Light Chandelier & Tama Solid Brass Interior Door Set in Polished Nickel Victorian style dining room with Aged Brass Stanburn 6-Light Chandelier & Tama Solid Brass Interior Door Set in Polished Nickel

To effectively get your vision across, incorporate these colors in your foundational Victorian furniture pieces like vanities, which make the perfect vessel for a loud wash of color. When joined by your wall coverings and window treatments, a richly layered look is well within reach.

For those who love a dramatic moment, don’t be afraid to add shades of black to the mix. From statement-making black vanities to matte black hardware finishes, this bold neutral creates captivating dimension wherever it’s placed.

Victorian style bathroom 72" Holmesdale Vanity in Black, Greyfield Widespread Faucet in Gunmetal

Set the Tone with Warm, Welcoming Metals

For the cozy, romantic ambiance so highly coveted in Victorian-style homes, be intentional with your metals.

Nothing casts an eye-catching, inviting glow throughout a room like glamorous gilded accents, which can be cleverly incorporated through your metal accents like faucets, hardware, and mirrors.

Seek luminous, warm-toned finishes from brushed gold or antique brass to satin copper or oil-rubbed bronze. Paired against the deeper shades around the room, these reflective surfaces will create captivating contrast with dazzling sheen.

Greyfield Freestanding Tub Faucet & Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Aged Brass for victorian design

Invite Texture Through Era-Appropriate Materials

Serving as a popular building material from the Victorian era, there is a strong emphasis on wood in Victorian design. Typically the richest and most extravagant timber fits best into these lavish environments, with furnishings and accents commonly made from mahogany, walnut, rosewood, and stained oak.

Incorporating wood pieces into your space is not only historically accurate, but it further drives home a cozy, inviting feel, emitting a natural warmth and textural charm that can’t be matched by other materials.

Incorporating wood pieces into your space is not only historically accurate, but it further drives home a cozy, inviting feel, emitting a natural warmth and textural charm that can’t be matched by other materials.

For additional texture, join durable wood furnishings with other valued Victorian materials like iron, stone, and copper. Most commonly found as smaller accents, these materials offer remarkable impact as cabinet knobs, door hardware, and other finishing touches.

Anything that offers a tactile benefit, from striking natural variegation to hammered surfaces to eye-catching embellishments, makes the perfect complement to a Victorian space.

Victorian style bathroom with 48" Aliso Teak Vanity for Left Offset in Java, Greyfield Faucet, Towel Ring in Aged Brass

Embrace Ornate Silhouettes & Motifs

Quite the antithesis to minimalism, Victorian design is known for its sense of abundance. While this can surely be achieved through your quantity of pieces, this use of excess translates directly into the silhouettes and details of your pieces.

Rather than long, clean lines, Victorian decor and furnishings are characterized by curves, flourishes, and intricate workmanship that fearlessly take up space. From deeply detailed carvings on furniture to heavily embellished motifs on wallpaper, these elements all contribute to an old-world aesthetic that reflects the Victorian era beautifully.

72' White Hawkins Mahogany Double Vanity for Undermount Sink, Victorian Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Brushed Nickel

Capturing Victorian Style by Room

Victorian Bathroom

As smaller rooms present the perfect opportunity to go bold, go all-in on the statement pieces in your Victorian bathroom. Think richly toned wood vanities and luxurious, classically detailed tubs—these will immediately evoke a sense of Victorian style.

Elmdale Vanity in Dark Olive Green

Making an intriguing focal point in Victorian-style bathrooms, the Elmdale Vanity commands the room with its sturdy mahogany build and exquisite details. Set in a dark olive green, a dramatic light-absorbing effect is contrasted with stunning natural texture and richness through wooden cabinet knobs and beveled feet.

Join this centerpiece with the beautifully crafted Victorian Widespread Bathroom Faucet to complete an authentically Victorian setup.

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48" Elmdale Vanity with Rectangular Undermount Sink in Dark Olive Green for Victorian style furniture

49" Abbey Hammered Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub

While many clawfoot tubs would suffice in a Victorian space due to their classic shape and delicately detailed feet, the Abbey takes things a step further with its warm copper build and eye-catching hammered texture. Its depth invites the user in for a long, luxurious soak, suggesting the extravagance reminiscent of Victorian-style furniture.

Pair with the Freestanding Telephone Tub Faucet or the Keswick Freestanding Thermostatic Tub Faucet for the perfect tub setup. Or, if showering is a must, our shower conversion kits make it easy to achieve an era-appropriate tub-shower combo.

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49" Abbey Hammered Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub for Victorian style bathroom

Claudia Medicine Cabinet in Antique Coffee

For a pop of stunning warmth and character, place the Claudia Medicine Cabinet above vanities, toilets, or underutilized walls. Its rich antique coffee finish, classic details, and antique brass knobs complement any Victorian space while adding multi-purpose convenience.

When space is limited or if you simply don’t need the additional storage, a variety of bathroom mirrors are available, ranging from wood to metal to frameless, to perfectly complement its surroundings.

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Claudia Medicine Cabinet in Antique Coffee for Victorian style furniture

Victorian Kitchen

Channeling Victorian design in such a fixture- and appliance-forward space requires close attention to metals. Evoke a rich, lavish atmosphere (without veering into cluttered kitchen territory) with warm metallic surfaces and functional details.

Bellevue Bridge Kitchen Faucet

Delivering refinement and charm all at once with its pronounced hook spout, delicate detailing, and classic bridge silhouette, the Bellevue is the perfect focal point for Victorian-style kitchens.

To keep your faucet the focus, complete your setup with an understated farmhouse sink, or for those seeking a true wow moment, opt for a copper sink or a stone sink.

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Bellevue Bridge Kitchen Faucet With Sprayer in Oil Rubbed Bronze for Victorian design

Dalston Brass Cabinet Cremone Bolt

Cremone bolts give cabinet hardware a sense of grandeur, with the Dalston no exception. Securing cabinetry with stately charm, its heavy-duty brass construction meets an intricate floral motif for a uniquely Victorian accent.

Add the same striking look (and security) to your doors and windows with the Dalston Brass Door Cremone Bolt and Dalston Brass Window Cremone Bolt.

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Dalston Brass Cabinet Cremone Bolt in Antique Brass for Victorian design

Evinger Knurled Brass Appliance Pull

Bringing an old-world aesthetic to even the most modern of gadgets, the Evinger Knurled Brass Appliance Pull features a powerful presence with textural knurled detailing that not only improves grip but helps bring your entire Victorian kitchen together.

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Evinger Knurled Brass Appliance Pull in Antique Brass for Victorian design

Throughout Your Victorian Home

From entryways to living areas to mudrooms (and the paths that lie in between), there’s always a way to bring Victorian flair to any corner of the home. It’s the small, thoughtful finishing touches that will separate any space from the modern age.

Marconi Solid Brass Entrance Door Set

Appearing as if it was plucked straight from the Victorian era, the Marconi features a stunning beaded edge and elegant rounded handles, finished with a unique, lived-in texture that is sure to reveal to guests the grandeur that awaits them inside.

For added character to your home entrance, announce the arrival of guests in classic fashion with an impressive door knocker.

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Traditional Brass Push Plate

Give doors all throughout your home the ultimate Victorian treatment with the Traditional Brass Push Plate. Featuring intricate motifs and a charming “Push” inscription, on pantry doors and walk-in closets alike, this old-world detail is sure to delight all who use it.

For doors that need secured, simply add on the Ernst Solid Brass Slide Bolt for the perfect small yet impactful Victorian-style detail.

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Tama Solid Brass Interior Door Set

Presenting Victorian-style bedrooms, offices, and beyond with the grand entrance they deserve, the Tama Door Set gleams from every angle. While its crystal-clear knobs luxuriously reflect light, its hexagonal shape and solid brass backplate impart a regal touch.

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Old Victorian Cast Iron Floor Register

An instant way to integrate Victorian charm into any area of your home is with the Old Victorian Floor Register. Designed with a distinctly Victorian ornate pattern, this quick swap turns often-unsightly vents into a cohesive part of your home’s style.

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Marconi Solid Brass Entrance Door Set

Appearing as if it was plucked straight from the Victorian era, the Marconi features a stunning beaded edge and elegant rounded handles, finished with a unique, lived-in texture that is sure to reveal to guests the grandeur that awaits them inside.

For added character to your home entrance, announce the arrival of guests in classic fashion with an impressive door knocker.

Shop All Entry Door & Lock Sets 

Traditional Brass Push Plate

Give doors all throughout your home the ultimate Victorian treatment with the Traditional Brass Push Plate. Featuring intricate motifs and a charming “Push” inscription, on pantry doors and walk-in closets alike, this old-world detail is sure to delight all who use it.

For doors that need secured, simply add on the Ernst Solid Brass Slide Bolt for the perfect small yet impactful Victorian-style detail.

Shop All Push Plates 

Tama Solid Brass Interior Door Set

Presenting Victorian-style bedrooms, offices, and beyond with the grand entrance they deserve, the Tama Door Set gleams from every angle. While its crystal-clear knobs luxuriously reflect light, its hexagonal shape and solid brass backplate impart a regal touch.

Shop All Interior Door Sets 

Old Victorian Cast Iron Floor Register

An instant way to integrate Victorian charm into any area of your home is with the Old Victorian Floor Register. Designed with a distinctly Victorian ornate pattern, this quick swap turns often-unsightly vents into a cohesive part of your home’s style.

Shop All Floor & Wall Registers 

Modern Victorian Basics: Making the Old New

Breathing new life into a timeless style, modern Victorian takes the fundamental elements of traditional decor while bringing forth a reimagined sense of color, function, and silhouette.

While ornate fixtures may still be present, lighter colors and textures will introduce themselves as mediators between yesterday and today. You may also see eclectic and mid-century modern-inspired accents that chronologically bridge the three-hundred-year gap.

However, pillars of Victorian style remain throughout in things like tile and crown molding, setting the stage for newer statement pieces.

In this bedroom suite, for example, rope-like textures take the place of metal fixtures, creating a warm, inviting scene.

Additionally, the dusty pink backdrop makes the natural wood tones of our Aliso vanity pop, while our spacious Hibiscus tub and dual-flush Kerrick toilet offer a touch of modern utility.

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Victorian style bathroom with the 48" Aliso Teak Vanity in Java, 67" Hibiscus Freestanding Tub, Kerrick Two-Piece  Toilet

Designer Tips

Tip #1: Create Balance Through Intention

Among plentiful use of pattern and texture, it may be difficult to create harmony in a room with components that seem to compete against each other—but this is where intentional products come in.

By choosing your larger, more permanent items like vanities, tubs, and faucets within your desired color palette, these will serve as the anchors of your space. Then, you’re able to layer in accents with loud patterns and intriguing textures without clashing or overwhelming the space.

59" Hibiscus Oval Acrylic Freestanding Tub & Greyfield Tub Faucet in Aged Brass for Victorian style bathroom

Tip #2: Blend In Adjacent Styles

The Victorian era itself combined other styles of the time period, so it’s encouraged to tie in other designs for an authentic look that is uniquely your own. Bring in accents like mirrors, cabinet hardware, and textiles that can easily be swapped, allowing you to truly experiment with different styles.

These smaller additions also ensure no one item will diminish your Victorian look. Some popular styles that effortlessly infuse with Victorian style include bohemian, mid-century modern, art deco, and shabby chic.

Tenaya Hexagonal Decorative Vanity Mirror in Black Powder Coat, Greyfield Faucet & Towel Ring in Gunmetal for Victorian style

Tip #3: It’s Okay To Start Small

Since we know your whole room doesn’t need to exude Victorian design (See Tip #2), this is especially important when just getting started. If you feel overwhelmed with where to begin, find smaller accents like hardware or décor pieces with intricate detailing that speak to what draws you to the style, and slowly incorporate from there.

Matteen Solid Brass Interior Door Set in Antique Brass for Victorian style

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