How to design a gothic teen bedroom

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  • Introduction

    How to design a gothic teen bedroom

    The Gothic style of decor offers a wide range of options for the designer. Gothic Victorian can go all pink and beaded, while a more traditional Gothic style would bombard the viewer with architectural features and layer upon layer of accessories. The term "Gothic" to a teenager can mean something totally different and usually addresses a much darker period of time and style. Most often associated with the colour black and a dark fascination with death, a teen Gothic bedroom doesn't have to be all horror and depression. If your teen wants a Gothic bedroom design, here are some ways to make it attractive and exciting for the whole family.

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    Talk with your teen about the type of Gothic room she would like. Gothic traditionally refers to a Medieval period but the teen equivalent may focus on more specific items such as the colour black, vampires, skulls, dragons or castles. Find out what kind of "Gothic" you are going for and then begin your design.

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    Get out the paints, once you have determined how dark you want to go. Although black may have been the first word out of your teen's mouth, suggest a deep purple with a black accent wall, or talk about a stone block style---like in a castle---on a wall as an accent instead of black. Paint three walls a deep Gothic purple or violet, then apply either large faux stones to the third wall or use a large square sponge with white and grey paints to "build" a wall. Apply the grey paint to the large sponge and apply to the wall, as if laying bricks. Follow up with a paintbrush to add darker and lighter tones on each brick for a more realistic look.

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    Add some architectural details. Arches and gargoyles on columns can create a fantasy world in a Gothic bedroom design, so pick some architectural elements up at a salvage store or home remodelling shop. Hang rusty iron sconces on the wall to serve as lighting, or to hold up a book shelf and flank a doorway with a gargoyle or column.

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    Address the flooring. Wood floors are great in a Gothic teen bedroom and black stained wood is beautiful. You can also transform wall-to-wall carpeting by laying an area rug over your carpet. Purchase a black or grey shag area rug to lay in front of the bed.

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    Select a new bed frame. Gothic teen bedrooms need a focal point and the bed is the main feature. Pick up a wrought iron or heavy wood bed frame with as much detail or carving as possible. If you choose wood, be sure it is in dark tones.

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    Pick out linens. Select bedding in deep purple or violets with a rich microfiber or faux velvet comforter or pillow sham. Gothic bedrooms require a ton of pillows, so pile them up in various sizes and shapes and dress them in heavy velvets and embroidered cases.

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    Get more specific with the accessories. Whether your teen loves vampires skulls or gargoyles, you can accessorise the room with that theme to make it more complete. Select faux iron table lamps and hot glue a skull or coffin to the base. Hang vampire movie posters from the wall or create a grouping of crosses or dragon artwork over a desk. You can even frame up some of your teen's favourite graphic T-shirts to decorate the walls.

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    Things you will need

    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Wrought-iron sconces
    • Gargoyles
    • Black or grey shag rug
    • Gothic bed frame
    • Dark, heavy bed linens
    • Throw pillows
    • Faux iron table lamp
    • Accessories
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    Tips and warnings

    Shop online for Gothic accessories. You can easily find all the pieces you'll need without driving all over town to collect them.

    A teenager will tire of a Gothic room at some point, so don't make any changes that you can't change back with minimal effort and cost.

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