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By William Cross | Other/Just Looking in Chicago, IL

A Sophisticated Approach to Gothic Decor

Gothic decor is not as common as traditional or contemporary design, but it is a unique way to express your style and personality. While Gothic decor has the potential of looking tacky and overbearing, a more sophisticated approach adds layers of interest to this decorative style. 

Rooms with a Gothic Theme
There are many sub themes within Gothic, such as medieval or vampire. For something a little mature, try a whimsical look like Fairy Gothic. Think more fantasy dreamland than dungeons and dragons. Ethereal textures, like gauzy and shimmering metallic fabrics are reminiscent of gossamer wings. Create contrast with Gothic black velvet against a cloud of white lace. For wall art and accessories, choose old oil paintings, prints and statuary that feature folklore or pre-Raphaelite images. Light colored fabrics draped from the ceiling, strings of tiny white lights, gargoyles, cherubs, silver and glass candle holders, along with lots and lots of candles make this style a fantasy dream come true. 

Another unusual take on Goth is decor inspired by the deep dark mysteries of the Orient. Imagine deep, richly patterned Persian carpets, inlaid woods, Chinese lacquer accessories, Buddahs, Chinese dragons, incense, bamboo and wicker, woven Sandalwood floor mats and dancing Shiva figurines, brass bells and teapots, Indian fabrics, silk pillows and fans, and sari fabrics used as window valances. The look is very exotic, dark and sleek. Choose glossy black as a dominant color for a wickedly sinister effect; then contrast it with Chinese red and jade green.

An Indoor Gothic Garden
The Victorians loved Gothic style and you capture this aesthetic by bringing Gothic garden accents indoors. Elements favored by the Victorians, such as reflecting balls, peacocks (faux, of course) and rubber plants add a festive touch. A Gothic style concrete bench is a fun and functional accessory in the foyer. Gargoyles, Gothic statuary, obelisks and detailed pedestals and busts add a touch of whimsy and charisma. A concrete birdbath can serve as a table simply by adding a glass top. Ornate outdoor lanterns and candle sconces with elaborate Gothic styling will add a bit more drama than those typically designed for indoor use because they are larger and heavier. 

Create a Romantic Goth Bedroom
While teens gravitate toward black and vampire red Goth bedrooms, for adults the Gothic influence can be more romantic and inviting. A Medieval design that features leather, velvet, brocade and taffeta ruffles add layers of texture against a decadent color palette like chocolate, cream, robins egg blue and gold. For furniture, choose an elegantly carved four poster bed, side tables and an ornate armoire made from a gleaming rich dark wood like cherry. A bed canopy dripping in gauzy lace is a crowning touch fit for a king, along with toss pillows in faux fur, suede and embroidered lace. Elaborate candle stands made of wood or wrought iron can hold massive pillar candles on either side of the bed and an oversize painting of a Medieval castle amid rolling verdant hills is a fitting focal point.

William Cross of WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, is an interior designer who illustrates how simple it can be to use Asian wood wall art and architectural wall art. 

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