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Today marks our last and final post in the “Modern Victorian” series (cue collective grabbing of hand-embroidered victorian hankie to wipe away single tear on cheek) and although we are sad to move on, we do have some fun new styles we are bringing to you very soon. If you missed the first few posts in this series: An Introduction to Modern Victorian, Modern Victorian: Furniture, and Modern Victorian: Art and Wall Treatments click back through those to get yourself caught up on everything you need to bring this style to fruition in your own home as today we are capping it off with some of our favorite options for Modern Victorian lighting.

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As we have mentioned before, Modern Victorian is all about a mix of the new with the old, and the old with the new. The same goes for lighting in this style. However, for today’s purposes, we are going to highlight some of our favorite Victorian-inspired pieces as we are going to make a general assumption that most of you don’t already live in an architecturally stunning victorian space complete with a “parlor” and “powder room” and oodles of built-in character like some of the inspiration images. In other words, we are going to show you what pieces you can bring into your existing space that will help it lean more Victorian as your space will provide the “modern” aspect of this style.

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Let’s start with chandeliers and overhead lighting. The chandeliers and overhead lighting in this style are all about the details – lots of details. Think an abundant use of crystals, fringe detailing, tassels, or all of the above.

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If the light doesn’t have a lot of the aforementioned details then it should have some sort of curvature or lines that evoke a more traditional shape or style. You will want to steer clear of anything that feels too “french country” or “industrial” even though some of the lighting from those two styles can work in this style. It should feel more playful, fun and whimsical. Here are a handful of our favorites:

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Emily Henderson Modern Victorian Trend Lighting Ceiling Roundup

1. Berkshire Linear | 2. Fela Tasseled | 3. Clark | 4. Metal Drum | 5. Launceton Medium Two Tier | 6. Mia Faceted Crystal | 7. Sarah Colson | 8. Alcazar | 9. Fairmont | 10. Gold Torch 6 Light Elsa | 11. Arstid | 12. Horn | 13. Berkshire Drum | 14. Raspberry Pink Globe | 15. Isabela Antique Gold Small | 16. Villier | 17. Blue pointe 6 Arm | 18. Petaled Pendant | 19. Profile | 20. Lacy | 21. Oahu Fringe | 22. Barton | 23. Draped Bijoux | 24. Classic Ribbed Glass Globe | 25. Mellow Bowl | 26. Goodman | 27. South Shore | 28. Floral Droplet | 29. Ortofta | 30. Gold Fringe | 31. Ironside Wide | 32. Dorette | 33. Wildwood | 34. Feathered Antique Brass Drum | 35. Heidi Mini Teardrop | 36. Daisy

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Moving down the wall to wall sconces. These will again have some sort of detailing to them but typically will not be anything too overly playful, whimsical or intricate. Why you may ask? Well because the overhead lighting typically is very detailed as are the table lamps so the sconces act as the supporting role to those other two sources of light. You can’t have two Meryl Streeps in one movie. And you can’t have three very detailed pieces of lighting in one room all vying for your attention – even if it is Modern Victorian which is about abundance and details. Keep these guys a bit more refined and simple like the ones we have rounded up below.

Emily Henderson Modern Victorian Trend Lighting Wall Sconce Roundup

1. Dorette | 2. Barton | 3. Quenouilles | 4. Donna | 5. Vendome Double | 6. Classic Milk Glass Curved Arm | 7. Fluted Gold | 8. Brass and Black Leather | 9. Ritz | 10. Berkshire Single | 11. Mitzi Tara | 12. Daisy | 13. Fresh Picked | 14. Beehive | 15. Conifer | 16. Otis | 17. Studio Swing Arm | 18. Angland | 19. Alcazar | 20. Pluma | 21. Gold Leaf Olympia | 22. Savannah | 23. Ella Crystal | 24. Bistro Double | 25. Chainmail | 26.1-Light French Library | 27. Bennie

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Up next is table and floor lighting. The main rule with this is: if it has a simple shade (like a drum shade or anything that feels modern) then it should have a more detailed base. Or visa versa. Simple shade + simple base = does not work in the modern Victorian category. You’ll see this example clearly in #2 which has a very simple brass base but then a fringe shade that is much more detailed, playful and fun. Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, #8 which has a very simple white drum shade but then the base has some Victorian lines and also is made out of marble. The one exception of this rule comes into play if metallics or metal are used on either the base or shade which then allows both to lean more simple as the metallic or metal makes it feel more special. #3 is a good example of how the metallic shade makes the simple base and drum shade feel unique.

Emily Henderson Modern Victorian Trend Lighting Table Lamps Roundup

1. Lightbearer | 2. Pink Fringe | 3. Frosted Marble | 4. Brass and Black Urn | 5. Ina Task | 6. Elodie Etched Glass | 7. Cylinder Tall | 8. Riley Glowing Alabaster | 9. Radcliffe | 10. Beekman | 11. Antiqued Metal Drum | 12. Vintage Copper | 13. Brass Genie | 14. Alvangen | 15. Tassel | 16. St Germain | 17. Mythos | 18. Flamingo | 19. Ritz | 20. Brass Orb | 21. Green and Gold Task | 22. Hand Blown | 23. Selene Beaded | 24. Ceramic Globe | 25. Isla Curvy Brass | 26. Recluse | 27. Davenport | 28. Cane Gold | 29. Brass Library Task | 30. Jane | 31. Olson Two Head Task | 32. Angland | 33. Hayes

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Emily Henderson Modern Victorian Trend Lighting Floor Lamps Roundup

1. Dorette | 2. Modern Swing Arm | 3. Donna | 4. Violetta | 5. Klabb | 6. Arched Bridge Arm Adjustable | 7. Ritz | 8. Bruno | 9. Carved Mahogany | 10. Tassel | 11. Ocean Palm | 12. Brass Library | 13. Shelf with USB Stick | 14. Sylas | 15. Amato Tripod | 16. Astor | 17. Tommi Parzinger | 18. Paulo | 19. Clustered Torchiere | 20. Pyramid Telescoping | 21. Maron | 22. Hackney | 23. Melrose | 24. French Mid Century

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But, what if you already have a very simple base that you feel could work within this style but the lampshade feels a little drab? Then you swap out the lampshade of course. We walked you through the difference just swapping out your lampshade can make in a room in this post. But, swapping your generic lampshade on your existing piece for one of these more fun and playful versions will instantly bring it into the Modern Victorian style at a much more affordable price point. Think of it like going to the blow dry bar but for your existing lamp. It goes in feeling generic, regular and drab and comes out feeling rejuvenation, colorful, and playful. Pretty drastic what a simple zhoosh can do to you (or your lamp).

Emily Henderson Modern Victorian Trend Lighting Lamp Shades Roundup

1. Judarn | 2. Ekas | 3. Mauve Velvet | 4. Autumn Rose | 5. Metallic | 6. Ollsta | 7. Modern Pleat | 8. Teal Blue Velvet | 9. Black Bell | 10. Gray Velvet | 11. Red Morrell Bell | 12. Box Pleat | 13. Black Silk Bell | 14. Grey | 15. Plum Velvet 

Let us know if you guys have any questions on this and if there are any styles you are wanting us to cover and blog about next.

  1. Sniff. No more Modern Victorian posts. This is an amazing round up! Why do I not own that teal fringe pendant? And the palm tree?!! Clearly, I am drawn to timeless classics. And your inspiration images, whoa. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!

  2. Have really enjoyed this “Victorian” series. Thanks for sharing these ideas. Very inspirational.

    And, in case there are any European readers trying to source a new chandelier similar to the one in the first photo, Maison du Monde has one for sale at the moment – https://www.maisonsdumonde.com/UK/en/p/metal-droplet-chandelier-in-grey-d-69cm-154660.htm

    I like the fact that it is a new take on an old classic and yet doesn’t look too cheesy!

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  4. OBSESSED with the Barton Pendant (#22) from Rejuvenation. Also, it is on major sale right now and only $239. Yay! Purchasing it right now, thank you!

  5. Say it isn’t so that you’re done with this look! I need curtain ideas!!

    1. Oh yes curtains would be wonderful and just more design ideas. Can’t get enough of this. I have worn out the photos you have posted! I love the clean Scandinavian/ minimalism look and I have antiques so this modern Victorian style marries those two styles so well. Now I can pick my favorite antiques and let them be the stars of the room with a modern vibe supporting them. ( my redone oak – lye and soaped white floors are great with this)

  6. I love these posts! But most of all, I’d love to see a modern craftsman / arts and crafts version!

    I live in an old house with beautiful wood and boatloads of arts and crafts character. I’ve found very little online about modern craftsman style and I’d love to see east you would do!

    1. I second that. I live in a craftsman home and would love to see some content exploring that era further. Especially how to incorporate MCM and Art Deco in such a home.

    2. Yes! First house is a Craftsman Bungalow and I love MCM style – will it blend?

  7. I would love a series on Zen, as you define it in your book. But not the California boho style that I think you featured recently, but more in its Asian roots.

  8. I love this series so much! Can’t wait to see what style you guys do next.

  9. So many good options here. I had no idea I actually liked this style until I saw all the pieces that you guys pulled together in the roundups. Please keep them coming.

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  11. This has been my favorite style by far. Thanks for all of the lush, beautiful room shots!

  12. That palm tree lamp is calling my name.
    Love this style!

  13. Can’t thank you enough! Getting ready to move into a folk victorian that’s been in my family for over 100 years.

  14. Those lights with pink tassels – I need them in my life. I need a room in our house styled as Modern Victorian.
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  17. SNIFF SNIFF PLEASE KEEP GOING WITH THE MODERN VICTORIAN SERIES!! I’ve loved it so much. It reinforced my style and also gave me so many new avenues to explore with it!

  18. SO Beautiful!! I find it really interesting that none of the overhead lighting highlighted here is more modern though?? I’ve always thought that a key aspect of the “modern victorian” look (which, before you gave is an easy name i filed somewhere in my head as “parisian” or “amsterdam-esque”) was to juxtapose modern fixtures in a historic space. And i felt like your first post on the topic totally aligned with that. Super modern fixtures, or if historical, at least art-deco or mid-century, not any crystal chandeliers! Tell me more 🙂 I’m so curious about this perspective and feel like I’m missing something. OR. maybe i’m just overthinking it. LOL. Either way, it’s lovely!

  19. You must go to House of Brinson Blog and see what they’ve done so far in their old home. They nail this style! Click on Stonyford link to see living room and One Room Challenge bedroom.

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