The dark academia aesthetic has skyrocketed to life over the past couple of years and remains popular among those who appreciate gothic, moody themes and have a penchant for a bit of mystery. Dark academia spaces draw inspiration from traditional academia culture (bring on everything library-inspired) but have a more eerie twist—you'll see a few skulls here and there. Below, take a look at 14 dark academia-inspired decor items that you can scoop up today.
Wayfair Zimmerman Magnifying Glass With Amber Glass Beads Sculpture
What's more dark academia chic than a magnifying glass? Place it on your coffee table or keep it on your desk so that you can closely inspect the pages of the books you're reading and feel like you've transported back in time to a different era while doing so.
CB2 Judy Bust Statue
Bust sculptures and dark academia go hand in hand. While there are truly so many different styles of busts to choose from, we're partial to this beauty named Judy. She would look elegant on a bookshelf, mantel, or desktop, and while she isn't a one-of-a-kind item, she sure looks like she could have been sourced at a flea market in Europe.
MMEXPER 5-Candle Metal Candelabra Centerpiece
Turn off those overhead lights and set a moody scene at home with some candles, and lots of them. Candelabras are essential for perfecting the dark academic look. Grab a few and spread them throughout your home so that you'll be confronted by flickering lights everywhere you turn. Standard table lamps will never stand a chance.
White Space Press 10 Decorative Hardback Vinyl Books
If you've been searching for the perfect stack of vintage books to use as decor, this Etsy shop has got you covered. Order a set and get ready to design your dream at-home library. Who knows, maybe working from home will feel a little more intriguing when you're surrounded by antique leatherbound volumes.
Cosy Art London Old Bookshop Candle
To truly drive home the dark academia aesthetic, you're going to need to set the tone with scent. This candle, aptly named Old Bookshop, is up for the challenge of making your apartment smell like a grand library.
Burke Decor Flow Mug in Various Colors
While cozied up flipping through your vintage books, you're going to want to pour yourself a hot drink—and this mug is perfect for the task. We love the artful looped handle, which is both fun and easy to hold. If your kitchen features open shelving, you'll definitely want to use this mug as decor.
Public Art Garden Mrs. Daniel Sargent by John Singleton Copley 1763 Famous Antique Art
Dark academia style is all about moody wall art. Don't worry, you won't need to shell out the big bucks on an original piece to embrace the aesthetic. Etsy is full of fantastic prints and digital downloads that will help you bring your dark academia gallery wall to life.
Kate and Laurel Arendahl Traditional Arch Mirror
Ornate mirrors and dark academia go hand in hand. Again, there's no need to break the bank here. While antique mirrors can cost a pretty penny, this one replicates the look quite well but comes with a much more manageable price tag. Lean it above your mantel to set the mood.
LED Lytes Timer Flameless Candles, Slim Set of 6
As nice as it is to light real candles, sometimes a flameless option is a bit easier. These will fill out your non-working fireplace wonderfully and will also look wonderful perched on your windowsill.
Grand and Lovely Prints Galley Wall Set of 6 Prints
If you're having trouble sourcing a collection of prints to display on your walls, this pack of six different prints will make your life a little easier. Simply purchase the set, pick up some frames, and go to town adding intrigue and personality galore to your living room.
Chairish Lover's Eyes by Susannah Carson
Lover's eyes, which date back to the Victorian era, are a common motif in dark academia. These prints would make a fabulous addition to that aforementioned gallery wall.
Anthropologie Victoria Frame
If you're having difficulty finding frames that fit within your dark academia vision, take a look at these ornate beauties. They come in all different sizes, meaning there's truly something for every piece of art you have on hand.
World Market White Globe With Gold Stand
Bring that professorial vibe into your home office by incorporating a globe into the mix. It's not only visually appealing, but it's also useful, too!
Kohl's Head West Black Ornate Wall Mirror
Make sure your academia-inspired outfit is on point by taking a quick glance into this wall mirror, which will jazz up your entryway.