Autumn is in full swing, and there are Halloween decorations everywhere (soon to be replaced with Christmas trees and baubles). Therefore, there’s no better time to take a look at your interior space and ensure that you’re all set to enjoy the cold seasons ahead before the warmer ones approach next year. Whether you live in a period property full of classic charm, or your home is a fresh new build; you can infuse plenty of character and gothic interior vibes that will show off your style all year round.
Gothic style isn’t all about scary, Halloween decor; it’s a classic interior statement that suits a number of people and their homes. However, with the spooky season and dark nights upon us; it’s an apt time to give your living space a touch of dark style and intriguing glamour. The following are some tips and ideas for those who want to say goodbye to beige and boring, and hello to an exciting and characterful interior space.
Colours, Prints, And Patterns
To help get you away from thinking about Dracula’s castle (however cool this might be); consider the opulence and indulgence of your space. You want a gothic theme to look rich in colour and style, and give the sense of a well thought-out room, rather than a theme park atmosphere. You can go forth and hang cobwebs should you wish to when you get to the accessorising part of the process, and perhaps on Halloween; however, you’ll need to start with the basics first. Deep hues are often associated with a gothic interior; you don’t need to go for a burgundy or red, as there are plenty of other options available to you. Tones of grey are an excellent place to start; you can go for an array of shade, and it’s a colour that will complement most other colours.
If you choose to keep the majority of your walls and ceiling white; perhaps you could consider painting the skirting boards and any picture rails, and the rest of the wood in the room, a deep grey tone. Chimney breasts are the perfect place to be a little more adventurous; you don’t want to overwhelm a space with wallpaper and dark colours so that you can create a focal point of the room instead. Think about using textured, or flocked wallpaper: this is an ideal way to bring in both colour and pattern that reflects a gothic style into the space. You can then pick out certain hues and shapes from the feature wall, and incorporate them into other areas of your living space.
Your floor, surfaces, and seating are other large areas where you can introduce a gothic aesthetic as subtle, or as boldly as you want. Rugs, cushions, and throws will provide colour, prints, and textures that scream gothic character; this is where you can be a little braver with your reds, metallics, black, and greys. Bring out your inner Victorian and add a tablecloth here and there; the possibilities are endless!
Lighting Is Key
Low lighting is essential when it comes to creating the ultimate gothic vibe; Victorians would have used plenty of candlelight, which gives a room warmth and cosiness (they don’t have to be spooky). Look into dressing your windows with a window film to decorate or darken your interior; it’s an affordable way to change the look of the natural light in the room (especially on sunny days). You could also surround each window with thick curtains, or perhaps keep a contemporary feel with blinds in a classic fabric. The gothic touch doesn’t mean drab and dreary; a deep, vibrant teal, blue, green, or red colour can pack a lively punch in both a period and modern interior, so don’t shy away from using the light in the room to highlight them.
Lamps and lampshades are another great way to bring a little Victorian style into a room; whether it’s the design of the lamp, or how many tassels adorn the shade, lighting will add gothic charm in an instant. Now’s the time to get on those online auction sites, and enjoy spending time in charity and vintage shops; it’s always fun to source items from the period, and you’re more likely to find something that fits within a gothic theme. Candlesticks and candelabras can be polished or spray painted to give them an ideal finish that will look great in your interior. Do a little research into the lighting options from the time, so that you know what you’re looking for in your favourite flea market.
Aside from a central, gothic chandelier, which might be too expensive; you can create impact with your lighting with wall and floor lights. Update existing lighting with new surrounds or shades, and don’t forget to strategically place your lamps so that they bring the accessories in the room to life. Create shadows and highlights in different areas of the room with your electric lights and give yourself some more flexible options with an array of candles.
Invest In Accessories
While you’re out looking for lighting; you can be trawling through the treasures for plenty of interior accessories that will help set your gothic scene. Keep your colour palette in mind when you’re picking up picture frames, mirrors, and ornaments. Again; you can easily spray something in a dark or metallic colour so that it fits in with your interior, so make sure you’ve got a ventilated space and get going. Create a feature wall, or enhance your existing one, by adding an assortment of pictures and frames to it; anything that creates intrigue, shape, and shadow is a smart investment.
Ornaments could be kept on top of tablecloths and doilies for an extra touch of Victoriana, or keep it contemporary with a clear surface and a statement piece. You can be as paired back or decorative as you like; don’t be afraid to move things around the room to see where they work best. Your gothic interior has to reflect your personal style and character, so stick to what you love and create a cosy, stylish haven to stay warm in.