Victorian Window Treatments
and Draperies

Give your home some old world charm with Victorian window treatments.

The Victorian Era was the time Queen Victoria was queen; this was the years between 1837 and 1901. Although a number decorating styles were popular during this lengthy period, the late Victorian Style which was frilly and feminine is the one that is known today as the Victorian d├ęcor.

It was an era known for its abundance. The industrial revolution and mass production of products by machine made many things affordable to the middle class.

For example lace, which until then had been expensive because it had to be made by hand, became much more affordable and was used excessively. In general, this abundance encouraged very heavy decor.

Victorian Draperies

One of the more popular Victorian window treatments are the draperies. They were very detailed and lavish (like all decor in that period) noticeably more than draperies in any other era.

So if you want Victorian draperies you can use one of these ideas:

  • Lace Not just some lace trim here and there, just the drapery should scream LACE!

    Lace valances like lace swags and jabots, lace drapery panels, lace tiebacks, and even trimmed with lace trimming. Use off-white Victorian lace with pink crocheted roses.

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  • Elaborate swags and fringed valances are topped with ornate wooden cornices. Or if you have moldings (Victorian moldings, of course) make sure the valance is installed inside the molding to show off the intricate woodworking.

    The swags and valances should be made with rich brocades or lush velvets. Use colors like mauve, burgundy, rich blues, and greens, and trim with yards of lace and fringes.

Other window coverings used are window shutters and wood blinds.

By using Victorian window coverings you will have a quick and easy way to recreate a Victorian room.

Question:

I have an 1897 Victorian with 9ft ceilings and 7-8 foot windows.

I'm trying to determine where to place the drapery hardware that would be accurate to the time period.

I've been unable to find any information that helps - so yes, I'm stumped!

Thanks for any direction or advice provided.

Answer:

Top your drapery with an intricate wooden cornice, or if you already have Victorian window moldings, inside mount you drapes to accentuate the Victorian moldings.

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