Victorians desired elaborately decorated furniture. Styles ranged from
delicate inlay to ornate carved pieces. The Victorians loved nature
and crammed every space with carved birds, animals, flowers and leaf
motifs. Popular furniture found in a Victorian room such as the dining,
drawing, morning or parlour room were mahogany dining tables, open bookcases
and writing tables. Entertaining was important to the Victorian house
owner, a drinks cabinet, a piano, games and card tables would of been
found. Collecting and displaying ornaments was a popular hobby and sideboards
with open shelves to display the crockery and glass fronted corner cabinets
to display their treasures.
In the bedroom the
four poster was still popular in the early Victorian period but later
fashion turned towards the half tester beds and from the 1850's brass
beds were a popular choice. A wash stand, set of drawers and a two door
wardrobe with drawers below would have been found in the bedroom.
boudoir comes from the french word bouder which means ' to sulk'.
The boudoir was an ajoining room to the bedroom that the victorian lady
could sew or read.
Mahogany Sideboard 2. Writing desk 3. Walnut Sideboard 4 Walnut wardrobe
5. Half tester bed.
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Links to Articles
Homes - Victorian
furniture 'made from barn planks': Times Online
4 Homes Forum
Frith Photo Archive
Architecture: Britain Express
at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides