There is something so enchanting about a Victorian home. Yet, beauty has its price: With their incredible details and often tight floor plans, a Victorian isn't an easy property to keep up. They don't lend themselves well to conversions — or to the "openness" so many demand in a modern home. Therefore, these exquisite homes take a specific type of person. One who, for instance, appreciates craftsmanship and the quirks of a long-ago era. As a result, there are a few consistent things we've found in Victorian homes. Here's but a few.
Whether they frame a window or trim a graceful arch, these flourishes ensure that no two Victorians are exactly alike. Plus, they're likely the storybook-like details that first prompted your love affair with Victorian homes in the first place. (Double swoon points if the gingerbread accents boast a cheery color that contrasts with the rest of the exterior).
A candy-colored exterior isn't a requirement for owning a regal Victorian (though, frankly, we do encourage it). But it's basically the only type of home you can paint in without getting some serious .
The old wood treads have a beautiful patina, but they can just be so squeaky. It's also likely that the staircase has a graceful banister that's just begging for someone to slide right down.
The Victorians might have been a little repressed, but we can't say that they were subtle. Today, this type of craftsmanship will run you a pretty penny — and likely hours of research to find a builder who might even attempt it.
Victorian homes can be a little, well, cramped and rigid. Even if there are plenty of windows, the light just doesn't seem to make an impact in many of the rooms. The upside? You can get creative with sconces, chandeliers, and lamps.
Whether it's the grand dining room table, the stately moldings, or an imposing portrait of a disapproving ancestor, Victorian decor holds you to a higher standard. These are the type of spaces where one feels positively naked without a jacket. (A tailored one.)
Victorians sure loved their front parlors and living rooms, though most homeowners will designate another room in the home for watching television and relaxing. Yet, these spaces endure — and they're practically required by the deed to be filled with antiques.
Combination pieces were big in the Victorian era. Today, we might not have a need for an ornate canopied bench/mirror in the entryway, but such things are certainly still striking.
Usually hidden in a panel, floorboard, or among other details. If you haven't found one, you just haven't looked hard enough.
What looks quirky by day can often look a little sinister at night. Chances are, there's at least one child in the neighborhood who is frightened by your home.
A porcelain doll certainly doesn't help dispel any misconceptions that Victorian homes are a little more frightening than other houses on the block. But what can we say? There's something about the charmingly spooky archiecture that attracts owners with charmingly spooky collections, too.