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Untitled designed by Alex Giroux
UntitledDesigned by Alex Giroux
Library Mood board designed by Mondae Design
Library Mood boardDesigned by Mondae Design
Untitled designed by Bibi Maritza
UntitledDesigned by Bibi Maritza
Vibe Board designed by Kaitlin McNaughton
Vibe BoardDesigned by Kaitlin McNaughton
Orange Vibes - Old Study Style designed by DEANNA SIENA
Orange Vibes - Old Study StyleDesigned by DEANNA SIENA

Design tips for decorating a victorian style study

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

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

The design of your workspace can be as crucial to your productivity as your morning cup of coffee. Whether you're carving out a corner in an open-concept living room or in the process of a remodel to create a dedicated study space, these are our tips to help you create a space that works (pun intended) for you:

  • Desk & Chair: The cornerstone of any office, your desk provides a designated workspace for your computer, monitor, books, and other essentials. It often serves as the focal point of an office or study, so place it where it best suits your workflow, ideally near natural light to boost mood and productivity.
  • Bookshelves or Storage: Every study needs storage. The material you choose for your storage can really help lean into the desired victorian style of your workspace.
  • Seating: Extra seating options, like an accent armchair, or sofa can add a cozy touch and provide a spot for guests or a change of scenery for you. Position these to encourage conversation without disrupting your work zone.
  • Area Rug: An area rug adds warmth and can define a workspace within a larger room. Place it under your desk and chair to anchor the space, ensuring it's large enough to allow for easy chair movement.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the study 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 behind the desk to serve as a focal point.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. A desk lamp is common for those late work nights burning the midnight oil. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. 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 study. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Remember, the best study design is one that reflects your personal work style and needs. Experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Home Office Design.

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