Ornate, rich, and expensive - these are adjectives which usually apply to Victorian decor. While it can still be ornate and rich, it doesn't have to be expensive. Using thrift stores, things that you already possess, and inexpensive touches, you can decorate a Victorian room for less and I can show you how.
- Linens. Among the most important ingredients in Victorian decor are linens. Use anything with lace, ribbon, embroidery,and ribbons in white or natural. Older or vintage linens can be picked up at thrift stores and yard sales. Discount stores are a good source of inexpensive machine embroidered items as well. Use on pillows, tablecloths, curtains, or upholstery for small occasional chairs.
- Jewel tones. Painting walls in deep, jewel tones like emerald green, ruby, or sapphire. These tones add richness to your decor and serve as a vivid backdrop for the linens.
- Wicker. Heavily-carved Victorian antiques can cost more than a budget can bear - unless you inherited Aunt Sadie's parlor set. I suggest using wicker for Victorian designs which are much less expensive. Painted white, these pieces look elegant when accented with those lacy pillows you acquired.