Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 23:46:52 PM
The late Victorian age brought a mixture of styles. In direct contrast to the Georgian, Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, the Victorian era avoided sameness and had a richness that appealed to all. It was customary to decorate mantels with plush velvet pelmets; over-mantels had many shelves and brackets and sometimes the whole mantelpiece was backed with a mirror - plate glass became fashionable around this time. The late Victorians particularly loved Jacobean architecture, with its rich profusion of Renaissance and medieval motifs.
You can get your design ideas from just about anywhere. Take some time to wander through some home improvement store isles or let your fingers walk through a nice magazine. Inspiration can come from anywhere you look. A beautiful garden scape can even inspire the look. You just never know what will come up if you look at the things that surround you. You might even have a base decorative design for the room that you want your fireplace in, and you can design it to be complimentary to that design. Your imagination can come to life if you let it.
The Victorian era was often referred to as The Battle of the Styles, due to the popularity of the many decorative designs from previous eras. Depending on a family‘s status, the Victorian fireplace mantel was made from slate, marble, wood or stone. The early and mid-Victorian period preferred the Gothic and Elizabethan styles: the Gothic was associated with the true Christian principles of morality, honesty and purity and the Elizabethan era invoked nostalgia for a chivalrous bygone age.
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