The humble, traditional, and orderly 'Apia' screen pattern with its regular pillowed squares and floral motif evokes a time from the past when religion and a certain rigidity ruled society with elegance quiet grandeur. Though named after a city in Samoa, this design seemed more in place right here in Australia, perfectly suited to our many Victorian homes, and perfectly adaptable to a more contemporary Victorian interior decorating style. Unfortunately, this is another pattern that I have no actual installation photos to show you, so I have once again done a bit of Photoshoppin' to a couple of pics to give you an idea of how it might look in a home:
In both the above and below pics I've 'installed' 'Apia' in the windows, always an option for custom sized screens for more privacy, shade, or decorative beauty. In the above photo, the screens add a sense of monastic grace to a fairly sterile bedroom interior, and have the added value of appearing to be security screens. Should the screens be cut in aluminium, aluminium composite panel, mild steel, or corten, there certainly would be an added deterrent to burglars--at least the ones without time and a screwdriver on hand!
And in this 'installation', I've added 'Apia' in the window to a gorgeous modern Victorian style bathroom, where I imagine it would add a bit more privacy than those sheer curtains alone, as well as create beautiful shadows on that pretty white tiled floor on sunny days. Compressed hardwood screens could be painted to match the colour scheme of any room, or the screen could be cut in powder-coated ACM, mild steel, or aluminium.
Now for a look at Victorian-inspired interior decorating in modern homes:
The key feature of a modern Victorian style bathroom is a free standing bath tub. These days, there are free standing tubs without the traditional claw feet, as shown in the bottom left bathroom. With just this feature alone, any bathroom will have the Victorian touch, though to go a bit further you could add a semi-detached sink or pull-chain toilet.
The key feature of a modern Victorian style bedroom would be a grand bedhead. Be it a four-poster bed, a baroque carved bedhead, or ideally, a cast-iron or decorative metal framed bed, tall, fussy beds with either foot boards or a long bed stool definitely give any bedroom the Victorian flavor.
Traditional Victorian style can be lavish, stuffy, cluttered, and subdued with warm or natural colour schemes, but the modern Victorian style needs only the architectural features of the house itself and a few of the essential elements: baroque or Queen Anne styled lounges, chairs, mirrors, or picture frames. A modern Victorian home can be quite sparse and colorful, but the direction of its decor is led by at least one or two dominating traditional pieces, such as the baroque sofa in the bottom left picture or the grand, tall windows and ornate tray ceiling of the lounge room on the bottom right.
Other elements of a Victorian home may be:
- Ornate fireplace mantles, which can be modernized when painted in non-traditional colours
- Modern style chandeliers and checkerboard tiles
- Dark stained wood, grand front doors, and grand stairways
- Reproduction antique stoves and sinks in the kitchen
- 'Alto' free standing bath tub $699 at Early Settler
- 'La Spezia' 4 Light Pendant in Antique Black $369 at Beacon Lighting
- Versailles Decorative Bird Cage in Antique White $69 at Early Settler
- Birdcages and Flowers removable wallpaper $89.95 by The Wallpaper Company. This company specializes in a fantastic range of wallpaper that can be removed easily and reused--no glue! Even if you are renting your home, you can now enjoy the beauty of wallpaper, and when you move, just take it with you to be re-used in your next home!
- Paris Double Bed $229 by Fantastic Furniture
I hope you have enjoyed this brief foray into modern Victorian interior decorating style. To see much more in this style and to see the latest installation pics of 'Apia' as we they come in, follow our decorative screen Pinterest board features, including one just for 'Apia'.
For more details on QAQ screens in general or to find a distributor near you, call and ask for our lovely retail sales rep Sylvana at (03) 8390-0306.
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