Take Your Home Decor to the Dark Side - Gothic Elegance

Abigail Sawyer | 16 Oct 2013 | Trends

With black walls trending in home decor, the latest designs are giving off a dark and moody vibe. The look is being paired with vintage pieces that look like the’re straight out of a Victorian curiosities cabinet. These spooky spaces look like they’ve come to life from the pages of a Mary Shelley or Charlotte Bronte novel, and they’re perfect to set the mood as Halloween approaches.

Gothic Elegance

Gothic Elegance – Get The Look

This dark, brooding look is easier to achieve than you might think. Here’s what you need:

Black walls gothic home decor

Start With Black Walls. Against a dark background, wall art that would  normally blend in becomes a focal point. Antiques and naturalistic accessories (like the fossilized rocks and botanical wall hanging here) look more modern against black paint and stop the “living in a museum” feel in its tracks.

Get the look: Ikea SIBBARED Wall Hanging


Brick walls and Black Lacquer - Gothic Home Decor

Exposed Brick + Black Lacquer. High gloss spray paint can add drama to garage sale finds in an instant. Fabrics like faux snakeskin with a little sheen take tufted furniture to another level. If your home doesn’t have existing brick, get the look with brick tiles from your home improvement store.

Get the look: Faux Brick Tiles


Black Velvet - Gothic Elegance Decorating

Luxury + Patina. Mix high end and aged perfection with velvet or brocade upholstery and a crumbling fresco. Don’t live in an Italian villa with hand painted treasures on the walls? Scour thrift stores and antique shops for vintage artwork. The more beat up the frames are, the better.

Get the look: Vintage Oil Painting


Burgundy Accents - Gothic Elegance Decorating

Dramatic Accents. This look doesn’t have to be completely void of color. Jewel tones like burgundy, deep teal and emerald hearken back to Victorian Era decorating.

Get the Look: Velvet Loveseat

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw