Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gothic Medieval Inspired Decor

Since classes are starting soon and I'm about to return to my darling academics (if you'd asked me how I felt about my classes a few months ago I would have laughed, and then probably cried. Finals, ya know?) I've been devoting more of my time to history readings. Medieval architecture has been one of my favorite types of expression and art for a long time now (as you can probably tell) so I was wondering how I could bring this into a sense of home decor.


The Feel

Before the days of indoor heating and nice fluffy insulation, the only thing between you and a chilly European winter were your wood or stone walls and as much fabric as you could put between you and the outside as possible: Tapestries, throws, carpets, and more. Even now, Medieval decor should bring a sense of warmth to the space, pretty much the opposite of my Corp Goth home inspiration. Layers of rich fabric should cover the spaces, making it plush and comfortable while lighting should be subdued, hopefully with candles (if used safely). Of course, you could also paint the walls to look like a stone castle, but I think that might be a bit excessive to me.

The Palette

Most Medieval-inspired decor that I can think of uses a very non-Goth palette. Natural woods, gold, jewel tones (think: sapphire, emerald, amethyst, garnet, etc.) While there's no reason you can't incorporate these, it's easier to pull off a Goth-y look if you limit the palette. Using dark ebony wood keeps the look natural but makes it darker, while swapping the gold tones for pewter or wrought iron and limiting the color palette to a few selected colors will go a long way to making it look more Goth.

The Motifs

Here you can really help blend Gothic and Medieval looks together. Using fleur-de-lis, gothic arches, celtic crosses, swords, armor, etc. Including things like old books with worn covers will give your room an antique feel (or those boxes that have book spines for fronts, which will give you great storage if you want to hide your modern amenities.) If you prefer a more fantasy oriented Medieval style, dragons and (less stylized) unicorns will do well with the look. Of course, how you incorporate these details will change whether your look is kistch or convincing. For example, a standing suit of armor is more ""realistic"" while a helmet trash can is more kitsch. I prefer the historical look but my tastes are not law, obviously. Pro tip: chess sets are a wonderful decoration for this kind of look and a fun game to play.

Do you like Medieval decor? How would you incorporate a medieval look into your home?

4 comments:

  1. Too funny. I just spent the last hour searching for "goth decor" photos for my inspiration book. I could have just came here instead of wasting so much time.

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  2. Don't forget IKEA. No kidding. Mirror. Candle holder. And there are other things that could be repainted, etc.,

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  3. Love Medieval decor. Just shot a film set in the 1500's and it was a fun challenge to make it convincing. I'll be posting on my blog regularly about examples of Medieval decor.
    http://thetastefulgoth.wordpress.com/

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  4. The Ebony wood is so dense that the tools need to be especially sharp to work with it, but it also cuts like a charm creating super fine dust particles.
    Ebony woods

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