How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor

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How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor
Skull accessories would fit into a Gothic medieval castle decor scheme. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Gothic medieval castle decor is a distinctive style inspired by baroque yet primitive settings like Transylvanian castles and medieval keeps. This style features deep, rich colours like midnight blue and wine red, natural materials like stone and leather, and the kinds of rough construction techniques that were used in medieval times. The Gothic medieval castle style is particularly appropriate for medieval history buffs, Dracula enthusiasts, and anyone who likes her decor spiked with darkness.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Furnishings made with natural materials
  • Gothic and medieval decorative accents

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    Cover the walls in dark colours or natural materials to form a base for your Gothic medieval castle decor. Mixing textures and colours can also work. For example, you could paint most of the walls blood red, apply a wallpaper mural showing a Gothic cathedral to an accent wall, and put in a stone wall or fireplace that suggests the wall of a medieval keep.

    How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor
    Gothic cathedrals often boast dramatic flying buttresses. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
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    Arrange heavy furnishings made of wood, leather and wrought iron throughout the space you are decorating. Some furnishings that would work with a Gothic medieval castle look include a black leather couch, a wooden pew from a demolished church, a rough-hewn wooden door with primitive-style iron hinges, and a wrought iron bed with twisting, vaguely sinister bedposts.

    How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor
    When churches are demolished, the pews and windows are often sold. ( Images)
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    Dress the windows and install lighting fixtures to accentuate the Gothic medieval castle mood. For example, apply "stained glass" treatments to a main window and swath the others in velvet curtains. Install an ornate black candelabra or chandelier. Line the walls with faux torches lit with LED candles.

    How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor
    Velvet curtains add Gothic flavour. ( Images)
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    Add Gothic, medieval and castle-inspired accessories throughout the space, such as wood-framed Victorian-era portraits, a self-designed coat of arms banner, mounted trophy animal heads (or paper mache facsimiles), and atmospheric stacks of Gothic horror novels.

    How to: Gothic Medieval Castle Decor
    Framed reproductions of medieval manuscripts work as wall art. ( Images)

Tips and warnings

  • For a relatively simple yet impressive medieval accent, print a medieval woodcarving on a plastic sheet, project it (magnified) onto a wall and paint a mural using the projected lines as a guide.
  • While weapons like swords, daggers and lances are sometimes displayed in Gothic, medieval and castle-inspired spaces, these items can cause injury if improperly handled. Handle weapons carefully and never allow them to be within reach of children.

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