This week’s challenge at Spoonflower is the Victorian Era.
With a balance of orderliness and ornamentation, homes during the Victorian Era reflected a prim and proper lifestyle while also celebrating excess. The rise of wallpaper, including elaborate patterns paired with bold prints throughout an entire room, proved that “less is more” was not the motto during this period of time.
As you will see below I did not meet the brief. I lived in London and the southeast of England for nearly a decade and nothing says Victorian era like the endless sea of terraced row houses. Most were built in the Victorian era (1837-1901).
By the early Victorian period, a terrace had come to designate any style of housing where individual houses repeating one design are joined together into rows. The style was used for workers’ housing in industrial districts during the rapid urbanisation following the industrial revolution, particularly in the houses built for workers of the expanding textile industry. The terrace style spread widely across the country, and was the usual form of high-density residential housing up to World War II. The 19th century need for expressive individuality inspired variation of facade details and floor-plans reversed with those of each neighbouring pair, to offer variety within the standardised format.
I lived in a Victorian terraced house for years. It isn’t nearly as romantic as it sounds. The stairs are incredibly steep, multiple drafty fireplaces, gaps in the floorboards to let spiders in and the house itself is very small. You get the picture. That being said there is a certain charm. I did some research on our house in Tonbridge and found a family of five living there in 1871. I suspect it’s history went further back than that.
Brick, chimney pots, fog, street lamps and rows and rows of houses is, to me, Victorian. The blue doors are SOOO British. No idea if that is a Victorian thing but I had to include them.
There will be tons of Victorian era style wallpaper patterns entered but I wanted to do something more personal. It doesn’t meet the brief but hopefully those that know the UK will appreciate it.