The first step to building your own Victorian Doll House is to do your research. There are detailed books on the subject. You can read about how to value your building, how to construct its furniture and even kitchen design. There are books on the history and development of the materials, design alternatives and furniture and accessory options. Building and furnishing your house can as involved as you would like.
Books on shouldn’t be your only resource for your design. Because it is a miniature reflection of a life-sized commodity, any information that relates to actual homes and decor will relate. When deciding about your Victorian Doll House, look to see what is included in a real Victorian home. Glance through pictures of examples and choose which colors and features and looks you want to include in your diminutive version. Queen Mary’s Doll House in Windsor Castle was developed to show off the skills, tastes and materials of the time. Its contents replicate many of the items contained in actual royal castles in England.
Look to see what you like and what you would want to include in your miniature home. Then look to see how to incorporate those items into your miniature creation.
We now have the opportunity to find our materials all over the world. There was a time when the best miniature paraphernalia was handmade in Germany. Access was restricted to the very wealthy and at times the owner was limited in geography and money to what was possible. Today there are many more places to find quality miniature products and with the internet, the world’s offerings are available to us. Online, you will be able to find many, many options for decorating, furnishing and accessorizing your doll house. Those options will include items for purchase and instructions for your own creations.
Just as important as the material resources, the interaction with other collectors and builders will provide a very valuable store of experience. There are groups for enthusiasts all over the internet. Finding a like-minded group of individuals that share a passion and are there to support, encourage and advise each other is invaluable.
One of the benefits of creating in miniature is that you have much more latitude for experimentation. If you try something and it doesn’t work out, toss that part and start over. I am not talking about scrapping an entire building, but moving things about and changing colors and styles is much easier on a smaller scale than it is in a life-size environment.
Working on a flooring creation for 10 square inches will be less painful if it doesn’t please you, than redoing 300 square feet. And any project that is to be rejected comes with the learning experience intact. That translates into an easier process the next time.
Look at decorating your tiny structure as you would your own home, except less expensive and easier to move furniture. You will want to research to see what will fit into the larger picture of your design theme and then choose what you would want to live with.
The beauty of a Victorian Doll House is that you can go hog-wild with the froth and colors and furnishings that you may be hesitant to incorporate into your current living environment.