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Room of the week – modern Victorian living room

June 8, 2011

This weeks Room of the Week is a living room combining Victorian architectural elements with modern contemporary furniture. From the House to Home galleries it combines the styles and shows that although your home may have historic features the interior does not need to be traditional.

Victoria architectural details add interest to a home and should never be removed, but many people think you need to decorate and furnish your home in a traditional style.  Carefully plan your interior and combining styles can be very successful.

The fireplace featured here is the same colour as the walls so is not a dominant feature in the room but instead adds subtle interest.  You should never paint a fireplace if it is finished in a beautiful stone, but over the years many older fireplaces have been painted.  Applying a well applied paint finish can lift a previously poorly painted fireplace.

The Barcelona Couch was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1930 and the originals are manufactured by Knoll.  Many cheaper reproductions are available but the original is worth investing in.  The furniture is available in over 500 colours of leather and is perfect for adding a statement piece to your interior.  Although designed over 80 years ago it sits perfectly well in a contemporary interior, the cool white leather works well in this room.

Adding black and white photographs to an interior adds a classic touch and there is a huge variety available.  Consider having some of your family photographs printed in black and white and framed, it adds a personal touch to your interior.  There are many online retailers selling black and white art, I have used made.com to purchase art when furnishing rental apartments for clients – it makes a change to pictures from the usual suppliers.

If you need a simple coffee table BoConcept is a good store to visit.  The tables above cost around £200 each and are available in different heights and with several different finishes for the top.  You can create an interesting feature by combining heights and finishes as shown above, or choose a simple low white table to recreate the look in this week’s Room of the Week.

By sympathetically treating the architectural features of your home and combining them with contemporary elements, you can easily create an interior that is appreciative of your homes history but designed for today’s modern living.

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