Victorian and Edwardian interior decoration

To help you better understand how to decorate your Victorian or Edwardian house we have put together a reading list on Victorian houses and interiors, many of which may be available at your local library.

Some of these may be out of print. Click for details.

Don’t forget also to check our Victorian Architects Book Series. Every aspect of Victorian house design and interior decoration is described in detail in The Victorian Society Book of the Victorian House.

Art Journal, The Crystal Palace Exhibition Illustrated Catalogue, (reprint of 1851 edn.), Dover Publications, New York, 1970.

Joanna Banham, Sally Macdonald and Julia Porter,Victorian Interior Design, Cassell, London, 1991.

Helena Barrett and John Phillips, Suburban Style: The British Home 1840–1960, Macdonald Orbis, London and Sydney, 1987.

Dorothy Bosomworth, The Victorian Catalogue of Household Goods, (reprint of Silber & Flemming catalogue, c. 1883), Studio Editions, London, 1991.

John Burnett, A Social History of Housing 1815–1970, London, Methuen, 1980.

Jeremy Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors, Thames & Hudson, London, 1998.

Caroline Davidson, The World of Mary Ellen Best, Chatto & Windus/Hogarth Press, 1985.

Charles Locke Eastlake, Hints on Household Taste, 1868. Reprint of 4th edn. (1878), Dover Publications, New York, 1969.

Jane Fawcett, Historic Floors, Butterworth/Heinemann, Oxford, 2001.

Charlotte Gere and Lesley Hoskins, The House Beautiful. Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic interior, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2000.

Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth Century Decoration, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1984.

Mark Girouard, The Victorian Country House, 2nd edn., Yale University Press, London and New Haven, 1979.

Mark Girouard, Sweetness and Light: The Queen Anne Movement 1860–1900, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1977. Pb edn., Yale University Press, 1984.

Wendy Hitchmough, C. F. A. Voysey, Phaidon, London, 1995.

Robert Kerr, The Gentleman’s House; or, How to plan English residences, from the parsonage to the palace, (reprint of 3rd. edn., 1871), Johnson Reprint Co, New York and London, 1972.

Lionel Lambourne, The Aesthetic Movement, Phaidon, London, 1996.

Susan Lasdun, Victorians at Home, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1981.

Helen Long, The Edwardian House, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1993.

John Claudius Loudon, The Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture, London, 1833. Reprinted Donhead, Shaftesbury, 2000.

Hermann Muthesius, The English House, (reprint of 1904 edn.), BSP Professional Books, Oxford, 1987.

Stefan Muthesius, The English Terraced House, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1982.

Shirley Nicholson, A Victorian Household, Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1988.

Richard Nylander, Wallpapers for Historic Buildings, 2nd edn., The Preservation Press, Washington, D.C., 1992.

Jane C. Nylander, Fabrics for Historic Buildings. A guide to selecting reproduction fabrics, 4th edn., The Preservation Press, Washington, D.C., 1990.

Mary Schoeser and Celia Rufey, English and American Textiles. From 1790 to the present, Thames and Hudson, London, 1989.

Peter Thornton, Authentic Decor: The Domestic Interior 1620–1920, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1984.

Mark Turner and Lesley Hoskins, Silver Studio of Design, Webb & Bower/Michael Joseph, Exeter, 1988.

Young & Marten, The Victorian House Catalogue (reprint of 1897 catalogue), Sidgwick & Jackson/The Victorian Society, London, 1990.