If you're a young Goth living at home and you think your parents would go spare if you started splashing black paint up the walls, never fear - here are a few tips for ways to Goth up your room without inciting parental wrath.
- Candles look good, no matter what colour. Scented candles add a nice touch; stores like Tesco and The Range sell black candles with scents like 'Midnight Rose'.
- Black bedsheets add a little darkness without being overwhelming. Or you could try a dark-coloured throw.
- Posters are great for covering that icky wallpaper you chose when you were eight. You could try band posters, art posters (Victoria Frances posters are available on Amazon for about £3), or pictures and collages cut from magazines such as Orkus, Dominion, Gothic Beauty and Unscene.
- Details make all the difference. Try a black rug, a vase of black faux roses, a coffin trinket box, or a (fake) skull or two.
- Instead of re-painting, work with the colour scheme you've already got. If you have purple walls, then black and silver or deep crimson accessories would work well. If you have pink from your pre-teen Barbie-loving years you may have to be a bit more inventive, but luckily black goes with everything. Pink with black accents IS a staple for some Goths, after all.
- If you have plain-coloured walls, then you can buy or make a stencil and add details in a different colour. For example, I used silver paint and a barbed-wire stencil to frame some posters on my wall. A tribal freize around the top of the room would look awesome, or you could try randomly-placed skulls'n'crossbones, stars, spiders, or whatever.
- Make the most of Halloween! I have plastic bats (named Larry, Barry, Harry, Mo, Jo and Fred) hanging from my ceiling, and a (fake) tombstone under my window. All for bargain prices!
- Jack O'Lanterns are a perfectly reasonable decorating choice all year round. Stock up now on pumpkin tea light holders, lamps, fairy lights or lampshades.
- Decoration is all about atmosphere. Heavy curtains (they don't have to be black - mine are dark blue velvet), appropriate incense (my faves are Night Queen, Pagan Magic, Dragon's Blood and Moon), and a few flickering candles create ambience.
- Get a cheap kids' sticker machine from somewhere like Argos, and make your own stickers to plaster over your drawers, CD rack etc. Mine are all made from MSN icons.
- Look out at auctions, bootsales and charity shops for 80s and 90s memorabilia such as vinyl records and posters.
|It's an old picture, but that's my room.|