Victorian Design Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The Victorian era marked the period of Queen Victoria's rule of England from 1837 to 1901. Her reign saw a boom in industry and population, and it's noted for its distinct design elements that are still popular today. What do you know about Victorian design?

Victorian design is very distinct. You'll know you're looking at a Victorian piece if it has what feature?

Angles and clean lines are all about modern or art deco. If you see a piece with lavish, opulent curves and lots of them, then it's Victorian inspired.


Walk into a Victorian dining room and there's a good chance you might see what piece of furniture?

Fainting couches were popular during the Victorian era, likely because of all the fainting. They don't really belong in the dining room, though. A sideboard is more likely.


True or false: Victorian window treatments are typically breezy, light sheers.

Fabrics are generally very heavy in Victorian design, so you're more likely to see a rich velvet than a light sheer on the windows.


Which of the following furniture styles was NOT used for Victorian design?

Several different styles of furniture served as inspiration during the Victorian era, but Shaker was not one of them.


What room of a Victorian era home was used for entertaining guests?

The central social scene of a Victorian home was found in the parlor, where guests were entertained with song, dance and absinthe.


What popular style of home in the United States drew from the Victorian era of design?

The late Victorian era spawned several different design movements, including Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts.


True or false: Color selection during the Victorian era was based solely on what colors lie next to each other on the color wheel.

Victorians used side-by-side colors on the wheel together, but they also selected colors that lie opposite each other.


Popularized during the Victorian era, using this on the lower half of a wall is still stylish today.

Separating the top half of a wall from the bottom with a wooden rail and wainscoting remains a popular design choice today.


What flooring was popularized during the Victorian era of design?

It may look great in the Brady Bunch kitchen, but linoleum was not invented in the 1970s. It was popularized during the Victorian era.


What might you find on walls during the Victorian era?

During the Victorian era, lavish wallpapers with complex patterns were all the rage.


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