Centuries ago the makings for the Gothic decorating motif took root. The noble knights, the castles with their pointed spires and darkened inner landscapes all become the inspiration for modern Gothic culture and decor. Today's fans of Gothic decorating draw upon the ancient traditions to bring this ancient style to life in modern times. The modern interior decorator creating this decorating style has many options available to re-create some of the ancient elements in a modern way.
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Things you need
- Paint and accessories
- Curtains and tie backs
- Canopy bedding
- Throw pillows
- Gothic-inspired artwork
Explore Gothic wall paint options. Although black is a primary colour in the Gothic style, it might be too much to paint the walls of your bedroom black. However, you can incorporate black into the decorating scheme. Try a black-and-white wallpaper with a fleur-de-lis pattern. Paint only one wall a satiny black. Other deep, rich colours like red and purple find favour in this decorating style. A deep purple wall that borders on black makes a nice substitute, and a wall painted red helps solidify a focal wall.
Tie back your red velvet curtains with wrought iron hooks.
Invest in a big heavy bed made of wrought iron or mahogany. To make this look really Goth, look for a large canopy bed with pointed spires. Decorate the bed with red velvet on the canopy. Canopies with long curtains give the bed an air of privacy as well.
Look for throw pillows with intricate embroidery designs and Gothic colours. Experiment with different patterns. This is a good place to repeat the fleur-de-lis pattern. Additionally, try some different fabrics such as leather and lace; the whole pillow does not need to be made from these materials, which can add a decorative element.
Go with a brocade bedspread. Brocade is also a popular fabric in Gothic decor, and it helps add variety to a room that might only be filled with velvet. Make sure the brocade matches the throw pillows.
Hang Gothic-inspired artwork on the wall such as images of dragons, Gothic knights and crosses. Many of the modern offerings for Gothic decorating include pewter figurines and cast relief pictures. A cluster of artwork above the bed is one way to bring these elements together. For example, hang a large oil painting of a knight and flank it with two smaller pictures featuring dragons. Complete the look by adding some candle sconces.
Create a candlestick display in the corner using candlesticks of varying heights. Work in groups of threes or fives with the tallest candlestick standing in the back of the arrangement.
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