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Are you designing a victorian living 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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Flower Power designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Flower PowerDesigned by Lindsey LaPrime
Strawberry Street Project Formal Living designed by Tiara Russell
Strawberry Street Project Formal LivingDesigned by Tiara Russell
Traditional Design Basic ML1 designed by Marilyn Laboy
Traditional Design Basic ML1Designed by Marilyn Laboy
Untitled designed by Sally Lyle
UntitledDesigned by Sally Lyle
Reading Nook designed by Selena Wyant
Reading NookDesigned by Selena Wyant
Exterior Design designed by Lindsay Jones
Exterior DesignDesigned by Lindsay Jones
blue room ver3 designed by Bridget Nelson
blue room ver3Designed by Bridget Nelson
Pattern Heavy designed by Shellie Kemp
Pattern HeavyDesigned by Shellie Kemp
Victorian Living Room designed by Sarah Griffin
Victorian Living RoomDesigned by Sarah Griffin
Untitled designed by Hailey Wallin
UntitledDesigned by Hailey Wallin
Music Room designed by Bastet Design and Decor
Music RoomDesigned by Bastet Design and Decor
Grandmillennial  Fantasy! designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Grandmillennial  Fantasy!Designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Untitled designed by Benjamin Christensen
UntitledDesigned by Benjamin Christensen
Southern Gothic Lounge designed by Suga Lane / ABBY ESSIE STUDIOS
Southern Gothic LoungeDesigned by Suga Lane / ABBY ESSIE STUDIOS
Whimsical Loft designed by Melanie Fenning
Whimsical LoftDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Old Victorian Study designed by Carly Murphy
Old Victorian StudyDesigned by Carly Murphy
Other Mood Board designed by Stephanie Oldfield
Other Mood BoardDesigned by Stephanie Oldfield
Office design 2 designed by Riley O'Bryan
Office design 2Designed by Riley O'Bryan
Front Hallway Mood Board designed by Zoe Shyn
Front Hallway Mood BoardDesigned by Zoe Shyn
Living Room designed by Jackie Slemmer
Living RoomDesigned by Jackie Slemmer
Dining #2 designed by Korigan Pemberton
Dining #2Designed by Korigan Pemberton
Living Room designed by Kara Harvey
Living RoomDesigned by Kara Harvey
Other Mood Board (copy 2) designed by Macy McCauley
Other Mood Board (copy 2)Designed by Macy McCauley
Other Mood Board (copy) designed by Macy McCauley
Other Mood Board (copy)Designed by Macy McCauley

Design tips for decorating a victorian style living room

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

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

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living 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 living 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.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Victorian Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your victorian style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • 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 living room.

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

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a victorian living 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 living 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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