The spooky season is upon us and the world has gone Halloween mad. Whilst the holiday may not be anywhere near as big as Christmas, it is quickly gaining in popularity with people embracing it more and more each year, from outlandish costumes and parties, to briefly transforming their homes. Whilst many of us aren’t keen on going full Halloween in the home, gothic interiors are a subtle nod to the holiday and can be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year too. Whether you already love the dramatic look or are just looking for a twist on your usual interior design for this time of year, unearth our glamorous gothic decor ideas to do Halloween in style…
Get a Gothic Glow
Gothic glamour is all about the atmosphere. The popularity of moody colour palettes has already made our interiors dramatic havens with dark walls now the go to look when creating a stylish home. But whilst the mantra with dark walls is to utilize lighting to make sure a room’s not ‘too’ dark, for gothic interiors it’s time to turn off those table lamps and turn to candles instead. Obviously you still need to be able to see what you’re doing, so don’t switch ALL the lights off but forego a few and create candle displays instead.
Branch Out from Black
Black is the classic gothic shade and is normally the first port of call when trying to add some suspense for Halloween (that and pumpkin orange). But for a super stylish gothic interior branch out from monotone black and layer other rich hues too. Oxblood red, forest green or sumptuous navy are fabulous colors to start with and will add a hint of warmth to moody gothic hues. Use different fabrics to create a chic textured look if you are sticking to one color. Rich velvets and fluffy furs lend themselves perfectly to the gothic look and give a decadent feel to any surface.
Master the Macabre
A key part of gothic decor ideas is usually the inclusion of macabre details. These can be subtle or all-out, for year round, or just for Halloween. The most popular macabre detail is the skull, an interior design element which has been popping up in homes everywhere in recent years whether the owners are fans of gothic decor or not. Skull accessories can be found in abundance and are an easy way to bring gothic interior design to your living space.
Other macabre details which will instantly bring a stylish gothic vibe to the home are subtle flourishes like dried flowers, anatomical drawings, insect prints and even taxidermy animals. If you are looking for a gothic twist at this time of year opt for a selection of these elements clustered around the home, or if you want a gothic look the whole year round, use your imagination with more long term design details like gallery walls.
Once you’ve mastered the subtle macabre details, you can look at adding more statement pieces for a bolder gothic look, if you dare. To keep a sleek overall effect, choose just a few sinister statements which will draw the eye but not turn your home into a Halloween horror house (unless that’s the look you’re going for). From quirky statement lights to large scale wall art, this is where you can really have fun with your gothic interior so invest in unique pieces you love.