Victorian Terrace

There are still many buildings standing today from the Victorian era and one of the most popular, especially in the city areas, is the Victorian Terrace.  Whether it is decorated in a classical or contemporary manner, clever choice of paint colours is what can really "make" the building and highlight its beautiful features and architecture.  Many find it difficult and confusing when it comes to choosing paint colours for a Victorian Terrace as there are so many features.  However it really doesn't need to be that difficult.  We show you how to accentuate the beauty that a Victorian Terrace has to offer and how easily it can be done.


Lattice work and plaster moulding are one of the main characteristic exterior features of a Victorian Terrace.  Whether you are keeping with the age of the home or trying to modernise, it's a shame not to highlight these beautiful features.  Keeping these key features a contrast against the wall colour (either darker or lighter) will accentuate them and give the facade a more striking appeal.


Create these looks yourself with these paint colours:

Dulux Lexicon Quarter

 Colorbond Surfmist

Dulux Linseed

Colorbond Monument

Colorbond Night Sky


Features and character were never forgotten on the interior of a Victorian Terrace.  Plaster mouldings, ceiling detail and wide woodwork are the main characteristics found on the inside of most Victorian Terraces.  The current trend when painting the interior of an older home is to keep the ceilings white and then choose a darker colour for the walls.  By painting all the plaster mouldings and woodwork also a form of white, it will set these off against the wall colour and highlight them as a feature.  The use of white gives the space a fresh feeling but still accentuating the architectural beauty while keeping things simple and timeless.


Create these looks yourself with these paint colours:

Haymes Modesty White


Dulux Natural White

Dulux Beige Royal


Dulux Tranquil Retreat

 Haymes City Stone

Haymes Dark Admirality Grey

Preparation is the key when it comes to repainting older surfaces.  Oil and lead based paints were the main paint choice in the past, and if painting over with water based paint, you need to undercoat it in order for your top coat to stick.  Dulux 1 Step is a 3 in one (primer, sealer, undercoat) and ideal for both interior and exterior, making it the perfect undercoat to cover oil and lead based paints.  Or if you have a difficult surface to paint (i.e. laminate), then Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer is the primer/undercoat to use as it will stick to pretty much anything.  Or if you want to remove the old paint completely, Peel Away 8 will do this job including the removal of lead based paints (up to 12 layers thick)!


Dulux 1 Step Acrylic

Dulux Precision Maximum Strength

Adhesion Primer

Peel Away 8

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