If you love the fantasy of the medieval era, you can get your dream room with some gothic-inspired decorating techniques. Old castle influences abound with dark colours, rich tapestries and fabrics, and heavy wood and metal furniture. Let your imagination run wild with novelty items used for decor If you are designing for a child's room, skip weaponry and any real candles.
Install long narrow windows that arch at the top to a point and reach a foot or less from the floor and ceiling. Insert a stained glass window. For standard-sized windows, add full-length velvet drapes with tassel tie backs.
Paint walls in a deep hue, such as dark gold or red. Apply a faux texturising treatment, called ragging, after the base coat has dried. To do this, mix one part latex paint in a colour a few shades darker than your base coat and four parts latex glaze. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, swipe the rag along the walls in random patterns and let dry.
Refinish pieces you already own, or seek solid wood pieces from second-hand stores or yard sales. You'll want bookcases, armoires, headboards, chests, narrow throne-style chairs and tables, depending upon which rooms you are decorating. Attach large metal studs, brackets, hinges and handles. Use wood glue to apply intricate wood mouldings and embellishments. Stencil on finishes such as quatrefoils and fleur de lis in bronze and silver paint. Add brocade or tapestry cushions for chairs.
Finish your room with swords, crests and shields as wall decor You may also may want to add medieval-style murals, tapestries and banners. A full-size knight can stand guard in a corner of the room. A candle-holding chandelier is an ideal light fixture.
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