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Medieval Décor for Modern Homes

Updated on September 20, 2008
Photo by Ted Percival
Photo by Ted Percival

Whether you are a medieval scholar or simply a fan of the period, it is easy to decorate your home in medieval style.

The Basics


Medieval people loved bright, rich colors. Try deep scarlets, umbers, azures, and golds. Earthy colors are also appropriate for a medieval themed home design, including dark woods, natural stone and ceramics, and greenery.


The medieval world was full of extraordinary textures. Wood rough hewn, or carved into extraordinarily elaborate decorative patterns, natural stones and ceramics, woven wool, blown glass, cast iron and smooth pewter...


Elaborate geometrical designs and story pictures are among the characteristic patterns of the period.

Photo by Stevie-B
Photo by Stevie-B

Putting It All Together

If you're lucky enough to be building a home from scratch, it is easy to accommodate medieval tastes with exposed wood beams, central stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, arching doorways,and more.

The rest of us have to get a little more creative.

Flooring. If possible, rip up your carpet and install hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile floors. In addition to being easier to clean, their earthy textures and colors add a touch of timeless class to any room. Decorating on a budget? A handsome throw rug on neutral colored carpeting can suggest the visual effect of a rug on a stone floor.

Lighting. To duplicate the lighting effect of wall torches and candles, use medieval inspired wall sconces and chandeliers, preferably on a dimmer. Decorating on a budget? Lampshades in warm tones can create a warm glow similar to candlelight. Using real candles is even more fun, but be careful to follow safety precautions.

Window hangings. Keep window dressings simple: no swags, no undercurtains, no lace, no frills. Tapestry curtains in rich colors and/or ornate patterns are all you need. Wooden pelmets add to the medieval effect.

Wall hangings. In the Middle Ages, wall hangings were used both for decoration and warmth. Even today, heavy wall hangings on outside walls can help lower your heating and cooling bills. Decorating on a budget? A simple and inexpensive way to duplicate the decorative effect of wall hangings is to paint one wall in a room a deep, rich color, leaving the others off-white. This creates an attention-grabbing focal point similar to that created by a large tapestry.

Furniture. Furniture should be primarily wood or metal, perhaps covered with heavy, textured fabrics such as tapestry and brocade. Relatively simple rustic, aged styles are best, perhaps with carvings or other decoration. You can buy replicas or refinish modern furniture. Garage sales, thrift stores, and antique stores are all great places to start hunting. Hide modern electronics in chests or cabinets.


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    • Levertis Steele profile image

      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Great information and illustrations!

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      ed77burns 7 years ago

      Good hub.I liked it.

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      Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Nice Hub. Will put a link to mine about Rochechouart and the Route of Richard the Lionheart.

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      MedievalCostumes 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Great, simple ideas to make a modern home medieval!

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      Tapestries 7 years ago

      Thank you. I love the ceiling light that is full of medieval character yet looks very stylish and solid at the same time. It adds character and interest to a room for sure.

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      ericosiu 7 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of complementing my interior design with a medieval feel! Awesome hub! Hope you can check out mine too!

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      MsCookM 7 years ago

      I love the way you put together the medieval décor for home most especially the important elements needed to complete the entire look. Nice post!

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      Eternal Evolution 7 years ago from kentucky

      great hub. i've always wanted to do a mideval/gothic décor.

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      aleida_77 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      If you love wrought iron accessories, then this is the perfect décor for your home. Nice hub.

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      Rokas 8 years ago

      If you like this style, visit our website you can see our production.Manors Furniture company producing unique style furniture.

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      lilly_dens 8 years ago

      great hub! i dream of having this kind of design when i build my dream house in the future. thanks for this info, i'll jot it down :)

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      classicalgeek 8 years ago

      By the way, you do not need to leave medieval furniture unfinished. I have been to many museums in Europe and seen elaborate polishes and carvings, inlays, and much more. The Cluny museum in Paris was a real eye-opener in terms of just how elaborate medieval furniture could be, and all of the furniture there was beautifully polished.

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      Mark Reed 8 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Pretty cool and medievalist; Thanks for the info..

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      Charlotte_1981 8 years ago from Málaga, Spain

      Very inspirational, thanks for sharing :)

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Ooooh! Love it! Thanks for sharing, kerryg!

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Awesome! =D

      Makes me want to build a castle. Unfortuantely, I can't find enough sand...or a plot of land.


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      Hub Love 9 years ago from United States

      This is a really interesting hub! Great pictures! I've always been into this sort of thing.

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      Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

      Great hub. My house it TOTALLY medieval. It is so hard to find stuff. To get real raw medieval furniture you have to go find a funiture maker and really argue with him that you really, really do mean 'LEAVE IT RAW.'

      Very nice hub, you could easily make a series out of this... well, at least for the 10 of us in the universe who would still live in castles or medieval shaks. lol

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Great information! I've always loved Tudor Style exterior architecture, but never really though through many of the details on it' Interior elements. Enjoyed this !