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Looking for some unique Halloween home decorating ideas that go beyond typical tacky decor? Haunting interiors are not about filling your home with kitschy and scary decor; rather, they're about creating unforgettable dark, moody and atmospheric rooms. The New Victorian Ruralist has fantastic examples of just such a look and it’s the type of style that seems perfect during late fall.
Many people are scared of dark rooms, but if it’s drama you are after, there is no better palette and there are ways to lighten this look with some tricks of the trade.
Crisp white moldings or artwork can be a wonderful balance to darker walls and furniture. Don’t forget that traditional table lamps with rich detailing can also create a “mood” and are perfect on a bedside table or foyer table.
Heavily carved or oval mirrors with high style can reflect light around a darker room and looks very glamorous especially if that light comes from candles. Haunting interiors are also achieved when you incorporate vintage looking furniture, pewter, and matte finished materials. Think pewter, creamware and linen.
Another trick to lightening up a hauntingly beautiful room is incorporating reflective glass. Whether it’s a globe chandelier or through decorative objects like vases, beakers or apothecary jars, the more the better, so don’t skimp.
Remember, home decorating for Halloween doesn't have to just be about cobwebs and gourds - these dramatic haunting interiors are appropriate in October and beyond.
Shopping List: 1. Hudson Valley Jasper Polished Nickel 2-Light Wall Sconce 2. Uttermost Walton Hall White Wall Mirror 3. Flambeau Basin Silver Leaf Urn Table Lamp (currently unavailable) 4. Velvet Black Upholstered Tufted Bench 5. Zuo Soma Black Dining Table 6. Paige Black Upholstered Wingback Chair
Image credits: New Victorian Ruralist.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Amazing style ... i love it :)