How To Give Traditional Look With Victorian Furniture?
A Brief History
The reigning period of Queen Victoria in England is known as the Victorian period. This period from early 80’s to the 19th century was an era dominated by style, elegance and ornamentation. Everything about this era could be associated with finesse, sophistication and included minute details for comfort.
- The era is well known fir it exquisite design of furniture and decorative that give a very rich and royal look wherever placed. From coffee tables to coffee mugs, the fine carvings and embellishing of the pieces make them timeless and priceless.
- It was during this period that the manufacturers lost direct contacts with the end users due to high and ever increasing demands of the Victorian style furniture.
- The high demands brought in needs for machinery for manufacturing furniture on a large scale, which reduced the need for human labor leading to dissatisfaction amongst the people. However, this did not survive for long because of the low quality products the machines outputted. Thus, look alike of this furniture gained popularity.
This look-alike furniture, commonly called Victorian Reproduction Furniture has been in fashion since time immemorial and it continues to be a choice for many till date.
How is it distinguished/ know about the distinct features of Victorian Reproduction furniture
There are various characteristics that make the Victorian reproduction furniture distinguishable. These are not originals or in original forms and therefore, is not marked by and symbol or distinct mark. It is just the way the furniture is designed that makes it look like a timeless piece.
A few features to name are:
Fine carving in golden or colored polish makes the furniture look very rich. The detailing and embellishments are associated with the royal families and the same on furniture of lesser value gives it an evergreen look and keeps it beautiful constantly.
# Quality of Woods
Victorian furniture is made from ebony, mahogany, rose wood, oak wood and walnut wood. Besides, textures can also be given using leather, glass, metal and marble.
It was during Victorian period that springs were introduced in beds and sofas to give them the bounce and extra comfort. Another feature was the curvilinear construction that could easily be seen in the Victorian tables, the fireplaces, the mantels, and also in the Victorian balloon-back chairs.
In the time of Queen Victoria, ladies wore huge dresses which did not permit comfortable seating. However low lying sofas with depth, rolled over side handles, high chairs without side support and high backs gave it the property of comfort furniture.
Since the furniture was meant for upper middle and high class, though with a royal look, the fabrics used were also of premium quality and design. Brocades, needle points, damasks, and velvets with vibrant and rich colors were popularly used.
# The Overall Look
The key lies in keeping the overall ambience of the room subtle by using printed wall papers, the aristocratic look and the fine elegance that makes the surrounding look suave and stylish, with low ceilings coupled with a piece or two of antique look to get the royal touch.
The Fact behind Reproduction Furniture
The rich wanted to look rich, but with the exclusively designed high end furniture which was way above their pockets it was nearly impossible. And manually done, these took a lot of time too making demands way above supplies. Thus, machinery was introduced in the industry that made similar looking furniture saving a lot of time with the raised output. Its popularity was such that in spite of disastrous flaws with the manufacturing, the process survived.
Ever since, this concept has become popular and the Victorian reproduction furniture has remained a favorite for those who want to give their homes a traditional look.