Victorian Dining Room Ideas

Victorian dining room ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a victorian dining room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Entryway designed by Melanie Fenning
EntrywayDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Estaciones 2 designed by Larissa Meléndez
Estaciones 2Designed by Larissa Meléndez
Dining Room designed by Serena Finnerty
Dining RoomDesigned by Serena Finnerty
Dining Room green designed by Elaine Wackerly
Dining Room greenDesigned by Elaine Wackerly
Tess Dining Room designed by madeleine doggett
Tess Dining RoomDesigned by madeleine doggett
photobooth ideas designed by Stephanie Russel
photobooth ideasDesigned by Stephanie Russel
Afloral  designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Afloral Designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Untitled designed by Jessica Humerick
UntitledDesigned by Jessica Humerick
Window Garlands designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Window GarlandsDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Untitled designed by Rilee Lipps
UntitledDesigned by Rilee Lipps
Dining Room Mood Board_Look 3: Bold Antique designed by Kate Lynn Nemett
Dining Room Mood Board_Look 3: Bold AntiqueDesigned by Kate Lynn Nemett
Dining Room designed by Megan Cueno
Dining RoomDesigned by Megan Cueno
Untitled designed by Ashley Turley
UntitledDesigned by Ashley Turley
Dressing Room designed by Julie Modica
Dressing RoomDesigned by Julie Modica
Dream Dining Room 2 designed by Xakota Espinoza
Dream Dining Room 2Designed by Xakota Espinoza
Untitled designed by Liz Zizzo
UntitledDesigned by Liz Zizzo

Design tips for decorating a victorian style dining room

Here’s how to achieve the victorian aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a victorian dining room?

Creating a dining room that serves as a welcoming hub for meals, gatherings, and memorable conversations begins with thoughtful planning. The arrangement of furniture not only influences the room's aesthetic appeal but also its practicality and comfort. By employing a strategic approach to your dining room design, you can achieve a space that harmonizes form and function, making every meal an experience to cherish.

Whether you're in the process of a dining room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the dining room and complements the victorian style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Dining Table & Chairs: The heart of the dining room, your table should be chosen with care, considering its shape, size, and placement. This piece sets the tone for the room's overall design and functionality, acting as the anchor for all other elements. Pro tip: Divide your table’s outside dimensions by 24 inches to find out how many people you can seat comfortably. Complementing your table, the chairs should offer comfort and style.
  • Storage Furniture: Practical yet stylish storage solutions like buffets, sideboards, and credenzas are key to a clutter-free dining area. They provide essential storage and a space for serving dishes. Position these pieces to maintain a clear pathway around the table, ideally 3-4 feet from the table’s edge.
  • Area Rug: Love them or hate them, rugs in the dining room are a hot topic. A well-chosen rug can define the dining space and add a layer of warmth and texture. If you opt for a rug, ensure it extends at least 24 inches beyond the table on all sides, allowing chairs to remain on the rug even when pulled out.
  • Decorative Lighting: Central lighting, such as a chandelier or pendant, should be positioned directly above the table to illuminate the area evenly and serve as a visual centerpiece. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the dining room. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Get creative and have fun with your victorian dining room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a victorian dining room design?

The Victorian interior design style is a homage to the lavishness and intricate detailing characteristic of the Victorian era, renowned for its indulgence in opulence and decorative abundance. This style is marked by a philosophy of maximalism, where spaces are lavishly adorned with an array of antiques, eclectic knick-knacks, and an extensive collection of art, all contributing to an atmosphere of grandeur and excess.

To infuse your dining room with the Victorian charm, it's essential to embrace boldness in every aspect. Opt for a palette of deep, rich jewel-toned hues to set a dramatic backdrop. Embellish the space with intricate trim, ornate mirrors, heavy drapery, and lavish light fixtures that echo the era's penchant for elaborate decor. Victorian furniture often features velvet or damask upholstery, floral patterns, gold leaf, or plush tassels. And if you really want to lean into the aesthetic, bring in a fainting sofa as the room’s focal point.

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