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As the mornings darken and the evenings draw in, take a step onto the dark side with this season’s trend for gothic glamour.

Embrace your dark side and add instant drama and character to your home this autumn with this season’s new take on the gothic and ‘Victoriana’ trends. Absolutely made for Victorian and Edwardian period properties, and if you are brave enough to use bold colour in your home then this could be just the trend for you! If minimalism was the defining trend of the noughties, then a new gothic revival has been a reaction to this. Whilst the style isn’t for everyone, for those who dare to be different bringing the gothic theme into your home is an impressive fashion statement.

The Autumn/Winter 2015 fashion shows were awash with gothic references, from heavy brocade coats at Givenchy, to ruffled, high-neck dresses and costume-worthy silhouettes at Alexander McQueen, as well as floor-sweeping lace looks from Valentino. The 19th Century vibes ruled over the beauty world too, as deep berry lips and period drama hair vamped-up the dark glam look even further on the runway. So bewitching and beguiling was this trend that the interior design world and the high street have both been seduced.

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Now a common misconception about the gothic interior design style is that it relies on the totally and all consuming presence of black. Whilst this is an option, it is far from the only one and I aim to show you a range of ways you can bring this style into your home. Traditionally an architectural style dating back to the 12th Century, gothic design was all about high pointed arches, stained glass windows and rich, dark woods. Today, modern gothic has been making a come back, creating dramatic and awe-inspiring interiors in the home, taking these traditional elements and adding a new contemporary twist.

For the new gothic look, blood reds, crimson, berry-tones, deep rich purples, grey and yes black are the appropriate colours when picking wall colours and carpets. Add to this the right fabric choice for your bedding, curtains, pillows and upholstery; which you should be looking towards silk, satin and velvet. Here are some high street examples to help: add some dark romance to your bedroom with Marks & Spencer’s ‘Olivia Bedding Set’ – a dark and moody take on a feminine floral print. Alternatively there’s the ‘Ariana’ bedding set in silver by Star by Julien Macdonald featuring a stunning flocked baroque design at Debenhams.

Next, lighting is very important with this gothic trend; with naturally darker palettes you may need to find other ways to bring light to your gothic themed rooms. With extravagance in mind why not opt for a large ornate mirror to reflect the light around, like the ‘Vouvant mirror’ from Oka. Alternatively, choose elaborate lighting where possible; chandeliers are ideal for this trend, for inspiration check out this black Pewter Antoinette 5 Light Chandelier. Finally, candles are a must for producing an atmospheric glow in your gothic room; choose tall candles so the wax can run down in eerie patterns!

To finish off, embellish your interiors with reflective gold, silver and dark coloured accessories. Oliver Bonas offer a ‘gold pleat metallic vase’, or add an ornate framing to your photos with John Lewis’ ‘Chelsea ornate picture frame’ in distressed gold. Also finally to store your trinkets there is Sainsbury’s seven-drawer storage unit in black with floral detail. A floral element will bring charm and warmth to this otherwise dark, moody and atmospheric trend.

So there you have it, bring a mysterious and gothic atmosphere into your interiors with soft lighting, plush jewel-tone fabrics and a dark seductive colour palette. Unleash your inner dark side, and not just for Halloween!

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