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I love Victorian-style homes. They’re so stately and elegant. They give cachet to a neighbourhood and have interesting architectural features.

But the best of them are those whose owners didn’t feel compelled to use super-traditional colors. A little brightness and originality goes a long way to make these old homes a little more modern and lively. This is the case of the home that I used for this week’s color palette:

Pink Victoria

This East Coast Victorian home has some funky colors to give some style that’s quite nice for a seaside town. I love the cheery but subdued shades of pink. The blue and grey add some balance that prevent the whole from being too “princess-y”.

How can I use this “pink victoria”?

This palette of burgundy, old pink and grey is pretty versatile. It would be great for a dining room, a living room or even a bedroom. It’s maybe a little dark for an office space (I like mine bright and airy), but perfectly suitable for a room that gets a lot of light and where people relax.

A beautiful grey and burgundy mosaic tile could form the basic element of a modern kitchen or a cute bathroom. Play around with fabrics and accessories to add to the palette. In the kitchen, use stainless appliances for the best look with this palette.

A bedroom in this palette would be on the feminine side, but use a bit more blue and it easily turns into a more gender-neutral space. I personally find burgundy to be a nice masculine color when used in the proper palette.

Does this palette make you go “oh my!” or “meh”? Would you keep the subdued shades or make them brighter?

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Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Anabelle is a freelance writer, writing teacher and blogger. She spends a lot of time at home, so she likes to make sure that it's cozy and nice, especially in her reading nook. In her free time, Anabelle knits, walks and learns how to write stories.