Like the Gothic subculture, Gothic design is an often misunderstood area of interior design. Often associated with being scary and dark, Gothic design is actually much more than that. In fact, this type of design is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, means of decoration.
Originally just an architectural style, “Gothic” is actually a term used to describe the European churches, castles and palaces of the 12th through 16th centuries. Characterized by tall, arched windows, stained glass, flying buttresses and gargoyles, Gothic architecture is dark, yes, but it is emotional, ornate and timelessly remarkable.
In the 1800’s, Gothic design reemerged as an interior decoration. Romantic and passionate, this style of interior design continues to grab the attention of many today.
So, what is Gothic interior design, and how can you achieve it in your home? Here are five features of this awesome interior style:
1. Lighting is very important: To keep with the romantic, emotional element, use light dimmers, dark lamp shades or candles to light the room.
2. Any color goes: Gothic design is all about color, but it must be a rich, dark hue. For example, instead of plain red, you would use a deep, ruby red. Instead of purple, you would use a rich violet. Gothic interior design is all about opulent, sultry colors.
3. Use accessories that are adorned with Gothic features, like gargoyles, stone statues or stain glass.
4. Flooring is key: It would be hard to achieve the Gothic look if your room has light, fluffy carpet. Pull up that carpet, and lay down some deep-toned hardwood. Better yet, use stone or concrete as your flooring. To bring warmth into the room, accent the floors with rugs that have ornate designs and have been dyed with deep hues that match your walls and linens.
5. Balance the deep hues with warm fabrics: Interior design is all about balance, and the balance in Gothic design is brought in by using thick, warm fabrics. Use them everywhere; the beds, the windows, purchase an upholstered chair, etc.
Image (c) The Drawing Room of John & Rico
Sharon Harlan is an Interior Decorator and also owns the site