There was not one dominant furniture style in Victorian England.  As the middle-class started to accumulate wealth, their desire to be on equal footing with the aristocracy made it impossible for one style to meet everyone’s needs.  Hence, designers mixed historic styles like, Gothic, Tudor, Elizabethan, and others with the introduction of Middle East and Asian design influences.

Medieval styles appealed to the Victorian “new rich” because they endowed them with a ready-made British heritage.  Victorian design became a grand elaboration of excess detail piled onto furniture and carved pieces. Heavily encrusted, 14thcentury inspired furniture became “all the rage.”  As the Victorian period progressed, design started to be viewed more critically and interest shifted away from decoration towards structure and form.