The Victorian period focussed on style, and was so named after the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). The architecture of this era came as a reaction to the strict symmetry of Georgian design; choosing instead to experiment with materials and mixing different styles.

As the elements that make up a Victorian home are so variable, there are many different kinds of property to choose from. Period Living shares a selection of our readers’ Victorian homes.

Grand exterior

Located within two acres, including an orchard, this imposing house was built in 1859 (image above). The asymmetrical exterior, including a large Gothic-style protrusion, gives this building its period character.

The interior features high ceilings and original features, including stained glass. The owners decorated cleverly on a budget, upcycling items for a sensitive scheme.

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Late Victorian

This late Victorian home had a typical 1970s interior, lacking the period charm that its new owners sought after. However, a playful exterior of mixed materials showed its potential to be a wonderful, traditional home.

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They decorated the property with inherited furniture and a treasured collection of Booths and Wedgewood china.

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Seafront semis

A pair of seafront semis have been knocked into one to create a spacious home using reclaimed materials. The pillars between the windows, which creates the iconic bay design, adds grandeur to the Victorian style.

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The interior of the property was reconfigured; while the house is split between a seaside look on one side, and a period feel on the other.

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Black-and-white gable

This Victorian property was built in 1870, extended in 1912 and converted into apartments in 1987. The gable room at the top of the property and prominent chimneystacks are key architectural features of the time period.

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The apartment required extensive restoration works, but now offers a light and airy home with fresh neutral colours.

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Classical symmetry

This classical country house benefits from rural views through traditional sash windows. The sash windows, are arranged in a bay design, typical of this era.

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After restoring original features and renovating the property, it now provides a thoughtful home with a calming feel.

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Converted mill

A Grade II-listed, derelict Victorian mill and stables have been converted into a delightful family home.

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Traditional techniques and natural products were used to renovate the property, including exposing A-frame beams and rough stonework where possible.

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