Fall has fallen, and even here in the oven that is Northern California there is a slight chill in the afternoon air. Along with apple orchards and the joy of layering, there is one thing that I am really looking forward to: Halloween. Adulting can take the fun out of a lot of the most magical parts of the year. But don’t let the eventual knowledge of how sick you are going to feel from all that candy be the end-all be-all of this most special of nights. Don’t worry, there are some perks to adulthood.
Halloween decorations are abundant. But sometimes they just come off feeling a bit…childish. Just because you are indulging your inner child does not mean that your space needs to look like it. Take an adult spin with these inspirations for getting the perfect chic and stylish Halloween home.
As with any look, subtlety is key, and using design vernacular as a shorthand to keep the design from overwhelming a space or being too much. An easy way to evoke a historic environment without being too obvious is evoking an era in which the term “Gothic” was truly embraced: the Victorian Era. Even low key Victorian details–especially with dark finishes and fabrics–can add Gothic flair to almost any space.
A Spooky Change of Perspective
A clever way of evoking an uneasy environment is displaying something in a way it traditionally should not be. Something as simple as displaying roses upside down signals to the brain that something is off and can be a really simple way of getting the decor right on point.
Ghoulish can be glamorous as well. This dramatic tablescape combines simple black porcelain with rich fall foliage to create a dinner-worthy space.
Thick patinas, distressed textures and faded finishes are another way to evoke a sense of age and neglect that and add a sense of history and unease. Patinated mirrors and faded photographs are tied together in rustic distressed frames and paired with the wooden skull to complete this vignette.
Break Out Antiques
Halloween can be a great opportunity to break out the silver than doesn’t get to see the light of day all that often. Antique serving pieces combined with rich textiles and foliage will give you a sense of dark glamour and dangerous luxury.
Just because it is Halloween does not mean that you need to repaint your whole home black. This dramatic mantle design utilizes a clean white space accented with black details to create a haunting effect.
Paint It Black
A Gothic take on a classic vase is perfect for the subtle styling of a spooky mantel. Don’t limit yourself with the form; using black paint is a great approach for updating smaller vases, serveware or even porcelain figurines.
This gorgeous staged vignette inspired by the film “Practical Magic” reminds us that not all magic is gloom and doom. This almost romantic space is highlighted with lots of antique glass, white porcelain and white pillar candles. A much lighter take on All Hallows Eve.
Mad Scientist’s Dining Room
Drawing on our history of literature and cinema provides rich grounds for setting the tone that you want for your dining space. The deranged scientist or villainous doctor appears time and time again in Halloween lore and can be used to great effect. Turning your dining room into an apothecary complete with strange shapes floating in colored fluids will surely intrigue and delight.
Finally, achieve your desired Halloween feel by going with something more minimal. Sometimes our decor–or our limited time–just does not lend itself to a full-scale holiday revamp. This delicate spiderweb placemat is easy to make and a delight to style. Perfect for the modern home needing just a touch of haunting holiday dazzle.