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Gothic Furniture and Medieval Decorating Ideas for a Living Room
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Gothic décor isn't for goody two-shoes. It's more befitting for someone with a little dark side, someone who might dream of living in a castle, raising a pet dragon and keeping a vile witch in a secret dungeon. Well, I'm just kidding. You don't actually have to be that radical to appreciate the wildness of medieval home décor. This decorating style is for anyone who revels in oddity, mystery and archaism.
To create a gothic living room, the first thing you have to do is decide to what extent you'd like to embrace the goth theme. You could do "contemporary goth" by furnishing the room with modern-style furniture and using gothic art pieces as highlights. Or you could go all the way with it and pretend every day is Halloween. No matter which way you prefer, the following gothic furniture and décor items are what I'd like to recommend. With these medieval decorations, you could almost feel the ghostly presence of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the room.
Medieval Decorations - Candle Holders and Wall Lighting Fixtures
Don't put a table lamp in your gothic living room. That's not what the medieval royals and knights used in their castles. Instead, take a trip to your local thrift store and look for some old-fashioned candle holders or wall lighting fixtures. The more intricate-looking, the better. The most ideal lighting fixtures for gothic home décor are those with mythical creatures, such as dragons, griffins or pixies. They could lend a pretty spooky atmosphere, but since you're interested in gothic decorations, I assume you don't mind and might even like a little bit of eeriness. If you love the idea of using candles but worry you might burn your house down, opt for a lighting fixture with mock-candle bulbs. They can conveniently goth your living room up without the flames.
Gothic Furniture - Wooden Chest/Coffee Table
Due to its link to the notion of hidden treasures and its uncanny resemblance to a coffin, a wooden chest can be a magnificent item to display in a gothic living room. You can buy one at most antique stores and home furniture shops. If you're lucky, you might even find a very cheap and ornate wooden chest at a thrift store or yard sale. Big and sturdy, it would make a great coffee table that also saves quite a bit of storage space. When Halloween arrives, don't forget to stuff some scream-provoking objects in there. You'd never know how many people will be tempted to open that chest.
Medieval Decorations - Heavy Drapery
Goth decorators are not very fond of sheer white lace and summery prints. If you want to go with medieval décor, you've got to look for a heavy fabric with a dark shade. Velvet is probably one of the most popular materials for gothic drapery. Black, maroon, dark purple, gold and deep blue are the ideal colors. Another trick to make your living room appear even more gothic is to use a no-sew fabric instead of a prim-looking curtain with loops or chrome rings. Sometimes primitiveness can turn out to be quaintly charming. Choose a lengthy fabric that runs all the way to the floor. Don't be afraid it might be too bold or dramatic. That's what gothic décor is all about.
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Gothic Furniture - Carved Wooden Chairs
This throne-like chair looks pretty awesome, doesn't it? Too bad your behind will probably find no comfort while seated on it. That is one downside of gothic furniture, which brings me back to what I have mentioned earlier. You don't need to go all the way with the medieval theme. If you love your soft couch, keep it. Just one or two of these gothic chairs would make an adequate statement. You don't need to purchase a whole set, force your guests to sit on them no matter how uncomfortable, and drink from a brass goblet like the Knights of the Round Table. Another smart alternative is to get a set of antique cushioned armchairs, with intricately carved legs. They might look more Victorian than Gothic, but if you accessorize the rest of the room with medieval decorations, I'm sure the overall look will be goth enough.
Medieval Decorations - Metal Chandelier
The type of chandelier you pick can dictate the atmosphere of the whole room. To create a gothic ambience, choose a bulky vintage one made from metals, such as wrought iron or brass. A dainty crystal chandelier won't do the job. Also, take a good look at your living room and see whether the ceiling is high enough. This is to assure that no one in your house would be at risk of daily head injuries. Chandeliers are tricky things. They look splendid in a large space but gaudy in a small room, so think twice before you buy one.