A living room area with large windows fitted with red and off white drapes, grey seats complete with colored cushions, a red flowered rug.

Bliss Plan, Pioneer Hills at Cherry Creek, Aurora, Colo., by Ryland Homes.

One of the biggest giveaways of the Gothic interior design style is the tone/color of the room, but the fireplace and eclectic mix of décor follow closely behind. A product of the Medieval period of history, Gothic architecture and design is characterized by a moody and fairly dark atmosphere. However, it should be noted that Gothic doesn’t necessarily mean Medieval. This style is all about drama and elegance. To fit the Gothic theme, furniture should be antique with intricate detailing and black, unless you’re opting for a focal piece, which should be boldly colored — opt for reds, whites or purples. Because of the dark tones, the Gothic design should allow for open space so that discomfort and cramping is limited. Good accessories to look for include oddities like crucifixes, statues and gargoyles, medieval tapestries and pointed wooden accents; otherwise, search for pieces that contain heavy wrought-iron, wood or stone. When searching for fabrics, look for silk, satins and velvets in bold colors, patterns and textures. A lancet window or frame would also be a nice nod to the Gothic past. And for the final details, look for dramatic moldings and lighting fixtures that make a bold statement.

Distinguishing Elements:
• Dark colors and shades
• Intricate wallpapers
• Antique black furniture, with some boldly colored accent pieces
• Pointed wooden architecture
• Medieval tapestries and fabrics
• Bold, unique accent pieces

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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