A graduate of the National Design Academy (UK), Helen designs home interiors that are reflective of the homeowner's personality and life style. Currently working on a major renovation and complete home interior re-design in the heart of rural France, (doesn't that sound like fun?) Helen dedicates her spare time writing a blog as her way of inspiring others into the world of Interior Design styles and concepts.
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Victorian color palettes-how to go wild
Ever wonder about the details of Victorian color palettes? Many people are surprised to discover that the Victorians were far from reserved; they loved vivid, bold colors both inside and outside their homes. They gave careful consideration to the balance between colour and textures used on walls, ceilings and woodwork. Different textures for walls and woodwork could be seen in marbling, sponging and stenciling.
As brilliant white paint had not been created in Victorian times, cream tones were used as a base colour. Walls in dining rooms and parlors were usually divided into three areas. At the bottom were deep skirting boards, often made of pine. These were very rarely left unpainted.
Here are more historical guidelines regarding colors and treatments.
Ornamentation on ceilings was also highly fashionable.
By the second half of the Victorian Era, deep, rich colours were thought to enhance the importance of a room. Popular colors included ruby reds, forest greens and golden ambers.(source)image source
Victorian interior designs were based on achieving a neat and orderly appearance.
Because they did not want hallways to detract from the more important rooms in the house, the early and mid Victorians used dull and somber grays for these spaces.
William Morris, best known for his designs of repeating patterns, (many based on a close observation of nature) could be seen in wallpapers and fabrics used.
source) Lovely inspiration, don't you think?