Contemporary Victorian – The Best of Both Worlds
Victorian has always represented a class and elegance that has defied the best of modern genre for so long. A good contemporary design revels in its uniqueness, while a healthy Victorian style takes pride in its traditional offsets. Each of these has its own eclectic outlet, and when you apply these individual features to interior design you tend to get some pretty outstanding results. While the era of traditional might have passed, contemporary has made sure that we always have room for something ‘neo.’ Neo traditional design may take contemporary as an inherent part of its genre, but rest assured when you take Victorian as an individual genre and combine it with pure contemporary, you get the best of both worlds. It is a design that is idiosyncratic but also alluring. Let us look at a few of these enchanting composition of synthesis.
One of the most distinctive feature of any classical or traditional style is set in its rich color scheme. On the other hand, contemporary design behooves a touch of modern by retaining an edgy color scheme. When you combine the two schemes, you have to be careful with this amalgamation – one wrong move and you might end up with a design that might be too much. The image below shows a perfect composition of classic beauty and timeless aesthetic. The tan color scheme is light enough to be contemporary but gold enough to be traditional – a perfect compromise.
The Victorian interior used to be a symphony of bold aesthetics and rich floridness. Compared to that contemporary is the second hand of modernism. This combination of simplicity and ostentatiousness can be articulated through a combination of floor planning and interior design. See through places combined with rich false ceilings and baroque furniture can do that trick perfectly.
Material is a very important part of any construction or renovation endeavor. It can define the overall aesthetic of any three dimensional space. Since it works in both color and texture, choosing the correct material is an important task of defining the contemporary Victorian genre of interior design. Be careful to proportion the texture with contrast – too much can make your interior seem unprofessional and garish.
If choosing the correct materials is an integral part of designing interiors, then another key element is appropriating the right décor. The picture below shows the perfect example of this meticulous integration – the furniture complements the pilasters while the photo frames become the perfect accessories to complement this style.
Victorian portals used to be large and grandiose, while contemporary portals are much more minimalistic in nature. While designing this particular synthesis, what you can do is relegate the grand objectives to the furniture and allocate the simplicity to pragmatic features like doors and windows. They can present a seamless amalgamation.