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Trend Alert: Gothic Interiors!

Now is the perfect time of year to embrace your dark side, and what better way than exploring the dramatic impact that Gothic Interior Design can have on your home.  Traditionally an architectural style dating back to the 12th Century, Gothic design was all about high pointed arches, stained glass windows and rich, dark woods.  Today, Modern Gothic has been making a come back, creating dramatic and awe-inspiring interiors in the home.

Gothic Colour Palettes

As with all design trends there are no hard and fast rules, and Gothic design can be interpreted in a number of different ways, starting with the overall colour palette.  Rich, jewel-like tones work well for creating a dramatic, sumptuous atmosphere; a look I find particularly effective for bathrooms.

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Although dark colours are essential to the Gothic trend, they don’t always have to be overpowering.  See how black and white work together with metallic notes here to create this dramatic yet minimalist Gothic dining room.

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Gothic Furnishings

Modern Gothic Interior Design is all about extravagance and drama, so choose your furnishings accordingly.  Large, exaggerated furniture and luxurious fabrics are perfect for this style.  Velvet and chenille fabrics can be used for the darker more sumptuous Gothic styles.  Or choose soft sheer material for a more ghostly, nostalgic feel.

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Gothic Accessories

With naturally darker palettes you may need to find other ways to bring light to your Gothic themed rooms. With extravagance in mind why not opt for a large ornate mirror to reflect the light around.  Alternatively, choose elaborate lighting where possible; chandeliers are ideal for this trend.  Finally, candles are a must for producing an atmospheric glow in your Gothic room; choose tall candles so the wax can run down in eerie patterns!

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Here's our take on the Gothic trends: Rich - jewel like tones, elaborate accessories, dramatic lighting and luxurious fabrics!

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