How to give your home a Gothic makeover for Halloween, and beyond
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You’ve bought the Gothic pile, but the tasteful modern interior is starting to seem a little bland – you’re the Addams family, not the Brady bunch.
The good news is, only a few tweaks, will add plenty of darkly romantic atmosphere to any home.
And it’s worth investing in quality; after all, as anyone who’s spent an afternoon at Camden Market will know, a Goth is for life, not just for Halloween.
A good place to start is with a suitable wall colour. Banish boring white and opt for a dark background for devilish domesticity.
Tanner’s Brown Estate Eggshell from Farrow & Ball has a dense darkness that is softer than pure black but will lend a historic gravitas to your room, even without the wood panelling.
Complement this with some statement flooring.
This intricately patterned inlaid wood from Fameed Khalique is pure Medieval castle territory, perfect for banquets all year round.
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Happily for Goths the world over, leather is the interiors fabric du jour for everything from floors and walls to sofas and tables.
For a more subtle use, leather cushions look stylish and will lend an air of sophistication to soft furnishings and Khalique’s range come in a variety of interesting textures.
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Death is, of course, a bit of a theme for All Hallow’s Eve.
Taxidermy works as an uncanny memento mori and will add an unusual note to your home décor.
The Victorian Emporium stocks a range of animal curios, which hark back to the nineteenth century’s obsession with death.
Alternatively, Katharine Pooley’s boar tooth beer tumbler combines the functional with the decorative.
It’s easy to imagine a despotic king swilling meade from the gold-lined sterling silver tumbler, but it lends itself just as well to a modern craft ale.
Pooley also makes this dramatic shagreen jewellery box to stash secret treasures in, guarded by the silver dragon for a touch of fantasy.
The ebony edging and gold-plated hinges are additional luxe touches.
A heavy iron lock and bolt are essential finishing touches to keep everything secure in style.
Just hope no poltergeists get hold of the key.