The gothic themed bedroom has always been popular – and not just with goths. There’s something both romantic and edgy about the gothic style. A gothic bedroom design can vary from a few carefully chosen accents to a complete theme; from aristocratic class to peasant grunge. Here are a few ideas for turning your bedroom into a gothic crib:
Think more than just black! Red accents are a great way to stimulate thoughts of blood, lips and passion – perfect if you’re a vampire fan. Black walls may be tempting, unfortunately they can make a bedroom uncomfortably hot in the summer and can also be clasutrophobic. You might consider grey instead. This colour suggests stone – and hence castles, dungeons and crypts.
Even the most gothic of bedrooms needs some light, even if only for applying your goth makeup! Using down and uplighters with their pools of light in the darkness can be very atmospheric. And, of course, you can buy a wide variety of gothic table lamps with all sorts of wonderfully hideous creatures incorporated in their designs – skeletons, dragons, snakes and more.
Skulls and Bones
Where would a goth be without someone well bleached bones? Skulls are especially popular and as well as just using them for decoration you can buy them as anything from trinket and jewelry boxes to lamps. You can also buy skull and bone themed accessories such as mirrors and other furniture.
A combination of red and black bedding in plain designs works well for gothic bedding. However if you’re not too much of a purist you can buy more interesting gothic themed bedding with a variety of designs – such as the skulls mentioned in the previous section.
Posters, Prints and Wall Hangings
These are perhaps the most affordable way of adding a gothic touch to an existing bedroom without having to completely redecorate. Gothic posters and prints are easy to put up – and easy to take down when you want a change!
There are two basic ways to go: either original gothic art with dark themes or posters from classic movies such as Cat People, Nosferatu, Near Dark etc. If you want to inject a little levity you could even use The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Addams Family.
Kids’ toys have a great emotional impact, especially when found in an incongruous setting like a gothic bedroom. Maybe that’s why so many horror films feature evil dolls? That’s especially true if the toys themselves are somehow “wrong” – a battered doll or an evil clown perhaps. Maybe positioned somewhere it won’t be noticed at first, almost as if it’s hiding…