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Ways To Include Victorian Elements in Your Home’s Exterior

Ways To Include Victorian Elements in Your Home’s Exterior

The Victorian era gave us a plethora of beautifully intricate architecture that we still use as inspiration for our homes today. Even in more modern homes, people will still include elements of Victorian architecture to add character and charm to the house. If you’re trying to achieve a Victorian-style home design, there are a few key things to consider. Here are some ways to include Victorian elements in your home’s exterior.

Victorian-Inspired Color Schemes

One of the best ways to make your home fit in with the Victorian architectural style is by including a Victorian-inspired color scheme. There are a few directions you can go in with Victorian color design stories. For example, the homes from the Victorian era were often deep shades of green, blue, burgundy, brown, or maroon. Additionally, these homes often had accents of white, gold, or copper.

However, you can also use inspiration for your color scheme from the Victorian-era homes of San Francisco. People commonly refer to these particular houses as the “painted ladies” because of their bright, playful colors of yellow, red, orange, purple, and pink. Incorporating these colors into your home’s design will help to add the feeling of the Victorian era while even potentially adding some playful intrigue if you use the painted ladies-inspired color schemes.

Decorative Wood and Trim

Decorative wood and trim are other staple features of Victorian architecture that you can use in your home’s exterior. This type of trim is one of the most recognizable and prominent parts of what defines the Victorian architectural style. The intricately carved corbels, columns, and gingerbread-style trim molding under the eaves make these homes unique architectural treasures that we love and cherish.

You can get creative with your choices of trim and add it to your home’s eaves, porch fascia, and gables. However, make sure that your trim is cohesive and fits in with the home’s overall design aesthetic. The trim from this era is almost whimsical in nature, looking like something straight out of a fairytale, so it’ll give your home an almost romantic feeling of nostalgia.

Ornate Porch Railings

Another great way to make your house look Victorian is by adding ornate porch railings. Many Victorian homes have brilliant porches decorated with ornate porch railing, spindles, and balusters. These porch railings and spindles create a supportive foundational element and a stunning design feature.

If you want your home to fit in with Victorian-style architecture, you can add these elements to your porch or deck. There are all kinds of designs and styles of spindles and balusters that you can choose from to create the perfect look for your Victorian home. You want the entire exterior of your house to feel cohesive and well-designed, so you can’t leave out the porch detailing.

So now that you know a few ways to add Victorian features to the exterior of your home, you can include these elements in your own home today. Look at some homes from the Victorian era for any additional inspiration to get an idea of what direction to go in.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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