If black is the new black for your decorating tastes, why not go all out with Edgar Allan Poe home decor?
Edgar Allan Poe was one of the founding authors of horror, terrifying audiences world wide with works such as The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death. But your Edgar-inspired decor doesn’t need to inspire fear in order to capture the dark romance of Allan’s classic works.
Whether you’re going for a subtle touch of gothic in your home or a full-out homage to Addams-style macabre, the key to keeping your decor hauntingly beautiful instead of hauntingly Halloween-y is to keep your decorating both simplistic and sophisticated. If you want to get your new decor on the cheap, that may mean doing a little bit of exploring on the web or at consignment shops to find special pieces that won’t have your wallet saying “Nevermore.”
Embrace the darkness
Black furniture can be hard to come by, especially for a decent price. That’s why a DIY project may be in your best interest. All it takes is a coat of black paint. A glazed topcoat and updated knobs for drawers may not be essential, but they can up the elegance of the look. This bed canopy from Amazon’s Heavenly line and some velvet pillows from Urban Outfitters are just a few ways to get this look for less.
Throw in pops of burgundy, sapphire, plum, emerald, or ruby with velvet throw pillows or gauze curtains to add the finishing touches for a vintage-inspired gothic design.
Get a little weird
The gothic world is no stranger to oddity, especially in the home. Take the households of the Munster and Addams families, for example. Every inch of their homes was filled with elements of horror, and it’s easier than ever to replicate their style in your own home in the age of online commerce. This bat vase and Helix Ossuary Candlestick holders by Etsy artist Dellamorte & Co are just one of many examples of how common household items can be given a gothic touch without losing an ounce of luxury.
Pay tribute with horror-inspired art
Skeletons, plague doctors, bats, and of course ravens are staples in classic horror stories, and their influence makes for some eerie and awesome wall furnishing. Handmade prints such as this steampunk beauty by VintageNBeautiful are great ways to give a literary touch without going overboard. Using the pages of a book also makes for another DIY project. Even if you may not be an artist, who says you can’t steal from your grandmother and use some pressed flowers preserved with Mod Podge or your favorite quote on the pages of an old book?
Going gothic in your home may seem scary at first, but anyone can take their space from ordinary to fashionably ghoulish with a little bit of DIY magic and a few unique statement treasures.
Poe-enthusiasts? What are your tell-tale Edgar Allan Poe home decor tips?