Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Home Restyler does Gothic in Devon Life

My copy of Devon Life October 2011 just landed on my doormat and I am very excited to tell you that some of my tips on how to successfully inject dramatic, Gothic style into your home are in it.

Gothic Style Dramatic Interiors - Home Restyler ideas & inspiration

  • Rich in colour, mystical & intricate this style of interiors is about the display of richness in an elegant style & generally works best in wide open spaces
  • Originally the architectural style was used in 12th century, nowadays more inclined towards Gothic minimalism, which is slick, modern & has cleaner lines
  • Features: tall arched windows, stunning stained glass, fireplaces, pointed arches, heavy fabrics
  • Suited to those who love creativity & drama in their lives 

Colour: rich, dramatic & moody. Jewel greens & reds, deep blues & purples with metallics to brighten

Fabrics: rich, heavy fabrics like crushed velvets & chenille, big/bold patterns i.e. damask, beautiful shiny silks

Flooring: ideally stone but for a more comfortable, homely feel, rich toned hardwood flooring or more rustic sisal with ornate & deep coloured rugs

Lighting: chandeliers, wrought iron, use of gold / silver, wall sconces, candles & dimmer switches soften the mood 

Romance: to soften the overall look introduce gold / silver & dark wood with vases, frames, candles & mirrored surfaces

Room by Room
Living Room Tip: use wide bands of complementary colours together with detailed accessories to create impact without creating a harsh look. 

Bedroom Tip: coloured, scented candles & metal candles holders look beautiful in bedrooms lending a mysterious & romantic appeal. A metal, arched bedstead makes an impactful statement.

Kitchen Tip: high gloss units are on-trend & can create a modern, glamorous, dramatic look through the use of dark colours like aubergine, black & deep blue. Increase drama with chandelier style cooker hood

Bathroom Tip: black & white never goes out of fashion. Make on ornate, free-standing bath your focal-point, hang Venetian style mirrors, hang bold printed curtains/blinds, use a mix of b&w tiles & accessorise with plush black towels, antiqued candle holders & silver soap dispenser

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