How to set a stylish Halloween scene in your home

For a more grown up affair, set the table with candles, twigs and pumpkins and add this great array

For a more grown up affair, set the table with candles, twigs and pumpkins and add this great array of goodies: by Sainsburys Standing Black Raven, �4; Skull Pillar Candle Black, �5; Metallic Taper Candles, �4 for three; Black Candelabra, �15; Skull LED Light Black, �3, and Hanging Pumpkin Bride, �3.50, all in store at selected Sainsburys (sainsburys.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout - Credit: Archant

Love it or hate it, Halloween appears to be getting bigger each year. But it doesn’t have to be all about tricks, treats and tacky decorations

Channel the essence of Fright Night in rooms on October 31 and you might find yourself conjuring up some spookily stylish looks. The moody hues and candlelight might even look good enough to become a permanent fixture.

“The key to achieving the perfect atmosphere is to carefully consider lighting,” says Catharine Denham, head of design for BHS homewares. “If space allows, combine opulent candelabras with a statement chandelier, to create a truly gothic feel. Lights with dimmer switches will allow you to easily control the level of light and the mood of the room.”

Mixing dark metallics with sumptuous velvets can help create a dramatic and luxurious feel, she adds. Adding accessories, such as cushions and throws in rich rusts and burnt oranges, will ensure your decor remains on-trend once Halloween is over too.

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