11 Dramatic Gothic Decor Ideas

Gothic decor ideas

Brexton Cole Interiors

When you hear the term Gothic decor, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s something along the lines of an all-black, macabre look that comes packed with animal bones, feathers, and various other witchy elements.

The dramatics that come along with gothic or gothcore design instantly add a touch of offbeat opulence and historical relevance to your space. The origins of Gothic design began with dramatic Christian cathedrals and European castles, after all.

Curious to find out more about the bold aesthetic? Below, we’re laying out some of the most elegant and effective ways to give your home that enviable Gothic style—whether you’re decorating an ornate heritage home or a modern condo in the city.

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    Consider adding black decorative accents

    Gothic decor inspiration

    Alvin Wayne

    “It’s very obvious that the primary color used when it comes to gothic decor is black, but this doesn’t mean you need to go all out and decorate your home all black,” says Ryan Jones, Decorator at Land of Rugs. “You can simply add black decorative pieces to add to the look!”

    For example, you don’t need to re-carpet your home and go with a black or very dark carpet. You could simply add to the look with a black area rug or other decorative accents.

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    Opt for dark furnishing (but don't go too far)

    Gothic decor ideas

    Brexton Cole Interiors

    Likewise, you don’t need to paint all the walls in your home black—unless you want to go extremely bold! “You could simply add some black furnishings such as a sofa or coffee table to add to the look,” suggests Jones. “In fact, white walls go great with gothic interior design when paired with black furnishings in the home such as sofas, coffee tables, or dining tables.”

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    Don’t shy away from wallpaper

    Gothic decor ideas

    Graham Brown

    A removable Gothic Victorian or damask wallpaper is an excellent option if you’re looking to make a bold statement in a smaller space—and can be particularly smart if you’re living in a rental and don’t want to worry about having to fix your walls when you eventually move out.

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    Choose dramatic drapery

    Gothic decor ideas

    Forbes + Masters

    Looking to take a more cozy approach? Consider laying dramatic drapery that will not only filter out bright light but also offer a bold statement within the room. Choose long and heavy velvet drapery that will comfortably reach the floor and create an elegant ruching effect at the foot of the drape. For an extra touch of drama, consider employing tassels or fringe to add another layer of opulence to the overall look.

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    Candles to set the mood

    Gothic decor ideas

    Olena Sergienko

    No Gothic-inspired space is complete without an ample amount of candles. Not only do they create a warm glow to the space, but they also add another layer of visual interest. Instead of opting exclusively for matching candle jars or candlesticks, mix and match a variety of both sizes to add texture and opulence to the space.

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    Consider a chandelier

    Gothic decor ideas

    Hibou Design Co.

    Candlelight is a great way to set the mood—but a chandelier is the top option for adding Gothic opulence to your space. If you’re working with a smaller space or relatively low ceilings, you don’t have to go for a grand chandelier—even the smallest light fixture with sparkling crystals will do the job.

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    Recreate lancet windows

    Gothic decor ideas

    Wayfair

    Lancet windows are an extremely popular architectural element in Victorian Gothic design, but there are workarounds if your windows are more modern and squared off. You can easily recreate the effect with a modern mirror with a similar vaulted design.

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    Go antiquing for oddities

    Gothic decor ideas

    Brexton Cole Interiors

    Here’s where going Gothic gets fun: A common element of Gothic-inspired decor is an abundance of ornate accessories on display—like pottery, stones, feathers, animal bones, and more oddities. Start your collection by going antiquing, foraging your own backyard, or raiding your parents’ attic.

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    Incorporate dried flowers and foliage

    Gothic decor ideas

    Forbes + Masters

    Like the abundance of tchotchkes and oddities, Gothic-inspired decor is typically plentiful with dried flowers and foliage. However, you’ll want to skip the ornamental grass or carefully arranged bouquets and go for more opulent flowers like bold red roses, lilies, or even artfully arranged branches.

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    Look to the molding

    Gothic decor ideas

    Brexton Cole Interiors

    Interesting arcs and crown molding are classic Gothic design—but if you’re dealing with a more modern home, there are certain ways to get that same element of grandeur without doing a full reno. Consider adding an artificial stone wall, a faux fireplace mantle, or castle-inspired wall sconces to add some of that medieval flavor.

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    Kitchen Ceiling Tiles

    Gothic decor ideas

    Wayfair

    We're often quick to overlook the fourth wall in our living space, but a ceiling treatment can pack a serious punch when it comes to bold style. Antique-inspired tin ceiling titles, in particular, offer a whole new layer of visual interest to your kitchen or dining room space and is much easier than painting or installing ceiling beams, for example. Consider an American tin pattern in a striking metal colorway—like silver or brass—for equally sumptuous and dramatic Gothic feel.