Saturday, April 12, 2014

CorpGoth Decor: Minimalist Baroque?

Minimalist Baroque Decor: can it be done? I found myself musing on this as I curated a Pinterest board that has just now become publicly available. At first, the combination sounds so strange and contradictory that it seems impossible. Baroque, after all, is founded on excess on top of excess, and minimalism on just the bare essentials, but I gotta say, I'm kind of in love. Adding to it a bit of gothic flare I've found a decor style that I refer to as Corp Goth for the home.
Gothic Minimalist Decor

The Feel

Basically, what was going for when I began thinking of this aesthetic is something that looks sumptuous and elegant without becoming overwhelming. In my head it really started as Corp Goth...but for your house. Something both you and your boss could feel at home in. A lot of black elements tend to make a room feel small and dark, as we know, but a Minimalist Baroque room could still maintain elements of lightness because of the sparing approach to decor and a heavy dose of white...which brings me to the color palette.

The Palette

Personally, I love black and white palates. I think they're a great way to keep things that can become overwhelming (like Baroque decor) in check. It's also extremely popular in minimalist decor, so I thought it was a good way to blend the two together. Of course, there are practical reasons that white is a really difficult color to work with (Spilled tea, anyone?) so maybe it's best to relegate the white to materials that are A. out of the way or B. easy to clean. I.E. maybe it's better to have a couch that has a white frame but is upholstered in black, rather than a couch upholstered in white. My preferred accent metals are silver tones like pewter or antiqued silver, but I think gold could lend a really glamorous edge to this look.


The ideal Minimalist Baroque space "flows." There are a lot of ways to create "flow" but, for me, it's all about lightness. Filling rooms with big windows that give off lots of light is one way to do it, but it also means letting big expanses of white wall "breathe" without tonnes of art on them, not over-crowding rooms with furniture, using a lot of metallic or mirrored pieces to keep the light moving, and keeping patterns to a minimum.


Personally, I love patterns, but any pattern reproduced in black and white is going to be pretty dramatic.On her blog Goth it Yourself, Bane discussed how she feels like black on white damask is "shouting" at her, and I kind of agree (unfortunate, being as damask is the Baroque pattern.) To get around this, patterns can be rendered either in a softer gray to keep within the color palette, or they can be done in white-on-white or black-on-black with different textures/finishes. Personally I think a room painted in 4 inch white-on-white stripes would make an amazing backdrop for black furniture.

Use Excess Sparingly

My ideal Minimalist Baroque takes Baroque furnishing and leaves them to stand on their own without covering them in layers of "stuff." The frilly beauty of a black baroque fainting couch is emphasized when it stands against a white wall and isn't adorned with frilly pillows and blankets, and a carved baroque console table painted the same pale color of the wall pops more than you might think.

Minimalist Macabre

Of course, it wouldn't be a post on The Everyday Goth if I didn't talk about how this ties in to a Goth aesthetic. Indeed, the things that make Goth decor Goth can also be incorporated in this aesthetic as long as it is sparing. Personally I love the idea of just having a little black skull perched on a stack of books on a spindly table, but covering the place in doom and gloom isn't really in the aesthetic.

So, that's my interpretation of the Minimalist Baroque aesthetic. If you want to see more inspiration, feel free to follow the Pinterest board that started it all.

What do you think of Minimalist Baroque? Could you see yourself trying to live in that kind of home?


  1. Oh how much I love all of these pictures. Minimalist Baroque is a great term to express this style, I love how contradictory it sounds. I agree though, it can be done. Thanks for all the inspiration, I am currently redecorating a little and this has been a great post for me to read!

  2. I like the style; a lot of 'gothic interior design' falls far too heavily on the Victorian tradition of 'overdecorate EVERYTHING', and just looks overpowering in the smaller rooms of apartments and flats. I've always loved combining older design and minimalism, but this would be perfect for an older house where you want to update the look so it doesn't feel old fashioned but keeps its character.

  3. What a lovely post! I too adore this line of decor. :D

  4. I'm a fan of this. A bunch of fashion bloggers like to pose with this kind of stuff and I'm always thinking "cool couch"

  5. I like the style (and loooove that tree wallpaper!) My own taste is slightly less heavy on the baroque (but then I have kids). I aspire to space and flow - but am resigned to lego (oh, and my yarn stash...) My favourite room in the house has leaf green walls, with black/brown and inky purple in the furnishings and touches of bronze - I love the shadows and richness. Opulence is good :)

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