“Gothic” doesn’t have to mean dull and miserable – it can also be exciting and sensuous with the suggestion of forbidden fruit. No wonder so many people like the idea of a gothic bedroom design. Here are a few ideas for how to turn your bedroom into a gothic lair:
The word “gothic” makes most people think “black”. Black certainly has its place in any gothic colour scheme, but don’t overdo it. Too much black can be impractical. As well as making the room very hot during the summer it also makes it more difficult to find things and to prepare yourself. If you do want a lot of black then make your you balance it with pools of light in strategic places – for example by the dresser or mirror.
An alternative to black is grey, which can give the impression of stone, castle walls and dungeons. Grey on its own is pretty dull, so if you go down this route you’ll need accessories to complete the image.
The other main colour for a gothic bedroom is red – blood red, of course. Again, don’t overdo this. A few splashes in strategic places will make a big impact.
And don’t forget white. Yes, it does have a place in a gothic colour scheme – think skulls and bleached bones!
The bed is the centrepiece of any bedroom. It’s possible to buy intricate wrought iron structures or even themed coffin beds! If that’s a little over the top for either you tastes or your bank account then there are less drastic ways to “goth up” your bed.
Bedding is the first place to start, and here black can be a good choice. Combining black sheets with blood red pillows or vice versa is a classic option, the whole thing made more sensuous if you can afford to buy silk. If you want something a little less dark and with a touch of humour then there are plenty of appropriate designs such as skull sheets. Although many of these are aimed at kids there are some tasteful options for adults.
If your bed has a headboard and/or bedposts then these can be used to display appropriate accessories. How do you fancy waking up to a grinning skull staring at you from the end of the bed?
As well as the bed, most other furniture can be bought in gothic style. It doesn’t have to be extreme. Just a few extra twirls in the design of a cabinet can make it feel at home. A less expensive option is simply to use your existing furniture and cover it with a drape of appropriate colour and/or design.
Remember that even vampires need light! Wall lights, fittings and shades are also available in many styles that would suit the gothic theme. You’ll probably want to arrange for “light pools” in strategic areas where you need to be able to see well, for example when dressing.
I’ve already mentioned these in association with the bed, but they can be used all round the room. From large wall hangings to small items such as trinket boxes you can buy almost anything with a gothic theme. Avoid overdoing it though – you don’t want your bedroom to end up looking like a junk store! Less can be more.
Mirrors are a great addition to most rooms, even if your reflection doesn’t show! You can buy mirrors with wonderfully gothic surrounds, everything from bones to dragons. In addition, mirrors help to make a room feel larger and less cramped – this might be particularly important if you’ve gone heavy on the black.
Another classic gothic accessory is the candlestick. Be extremely careful if you decide to use real candles. To avoid the risk of fire you might prefer to use artificial candles that simulate flickering flames without the risk of fire.
Kids’ toys might sound strange for an adult bedroom, but they can work really well. Toys have a great emotional impact, especially when found in an incongruous setting like a gothic bedroom. That’s especially true if the toys themselves are somehow “wrong” – a warped doll or an evil clown perhaps.
A big advantage of accessories such as these is that they are easy to change. So if you do have a large number of items and can’t decide which you like best then you can swap them around every so often rather than cluttering the room up by trying to display them all at once.
However you decide to decorate your room, remember: even goths are allowed to have fun!