modren victorian style living room with fireplace and stag skull hung above

5 modern decorating ideas from a renovated Victorian house

August 1, 2018

If your period property is in need of a refresh, take heed of homeowners, Guy Stockwell and Victoria Hart’s, industrial-meets-Scandi style renovation of a Victorian home.

modren victorian style living room with fireplace and stag skull hung above

Image: David Woolley

Guy Stockwell and his partner Victoria Hart dreamed of moving their growing family into a Victorian semi, but there was no way they could afford to do so in London. However, they had a trick up their sleeve. ‘Victoria grew up in Brighton and I’d always thought I’d love to live there. It’s such a vibrant little city, similar to London in many ways, but so much more affordable,’ Guy explains. ‘We made the jump to a Victorian three-bedroom house quite easily.’

Although their budget for renovations was tight, they had a clear vision: a bright, blank canvas that celebrates the Victorian features while acting as a backdrop to the couple’s unique new-meets-old, Scandi-meets-industrial style.

Read on to steal Guy and Victoria’s modern-meets-retro look, and discover how an old house can give way to modern life.

Tell a story with retro wall art

roy lichenstien comic wall art above mantlepiece

Image: David Woolley

Add pops of colour to white walls by introducing unexpected or unusual wall art into your decorating scheme and choose eye-catching retro typography or vintage artwork 

Add cosy touches to industrial design with soft furnishings

bed layered with shagpile rugs cushions and a circle shelf above the bed

Image: David Woolley

To achieve the industrial-Scandi look, add plenty of cosy touches to your bedroom or living room such as shagpile rugs, snuggly throws, textured cushions and knitted footstools to ensure the house is a comfortable place in which to sit back and relax.

Add interest with shelving to display your most treasured ornaments.

Choose a neutral colour palette to get the Scandi-meets-industrial look

modern victorian living room with grey sofa wooden flooring star wall art

Image: David Woolley

Both Scandi and industrial decorating schemes share a neutral colour foundation. They use colour in calm and completely collected way: tonal shades of grey and taupe, with warmer whites and natural materials.

Get the look by opting for Scandi-style oak flooring, wicker storage baskets, soft grey furnishings, a mix of plush cream, stone and deep blue cushions, and treat your toes to a soft rug underfoot. 

Bring a simple scheme to life with energetic pops of colour

childrens bedroom white with pops of bright colour

Image: David Woolley

Let energetic primary hues burst from white walls to bring a simple scheme to life. This approach to decorating is perfect for children’s bedrooms to create a space where they can snooze soundly and play until their heart’s content.

Set modern design classics against old pieces

victorian fireplace in living room with stag skull ornament hung on wall above

Image: David Woolley

Highlight any existing period features in your home, such as restoring an original fireplace. Add charm by placing trinkets, indoor plants or on-trend ornaments on the mantlepiece above, or create a Scandi statement with ski lodge-inspired decor. 

Words: Natalie Osborn, Gemma Parkes


Peek inside more ideas-packed properties and uncover all of the clever decorating secrets that make them work – as told my the owners themselves in Good Homes’ Wow-Factor Homes bookazine – available to buy instore at all WH Smith across the UK.


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