How to Decorate a Gothic Bedroom for a Girl
Read on to Discover Amazing Gothic Bedroom Décor Ideas...
A Gothic themed bedroom is the perfect way to express your inner darkness and transform your room into something truly beautiful. With bold and deep colors, interesting and unique patterns, and plenty of unusual prints, designs and sculptures, a Goth themed bedroom is an easy way to stand out from the mold. I had a gothic bedroom a few years ago, and it looked really amazing!
There is a lot of gothic bedroom decor to choose from out there, and it can be a lot of work to trawl through it all and pick out pieces that are right for your room. That's why I thought that I would share my research and all of my personal favorite gothic and Victorian style bedroom décor ideas with all of you amazing Goth girls out there. I hope you like my choices and have fun! Let's get started...
Begin with Gothic Bedding as the Centerpiece
First things first, you'll need some appropriate bedding to set the tone of the bedroom and begin the theme. There are a number of different styles to choose from, such as a directly Gothic style, a more vamp style, or a more traditional, classic and Victorian style like the flocked purple comforter set above. If you are going for black and purple as your primary color scheme, I highly recommend this gorgeous piece. It comes with a ton of stuff too: a comforter, two pillow shams, a bedskirt, a bolster, a neck roll and a decorative square pillow. That's pretty much everything you could need!
Here's some seriously beautiful bedding if you want to go for a more directly gothic style. The design of the duvet cover is both stunning and feminine, and you get two matching pillow cases to go with it.
Looking for a budget option? A plain set of black sheets will do the trick for most goths, and if you have existing sheets in other colors it is actually possible to dye it black without getting stains on everything else and waking up look like a black cat in a coal mine. The tutorial above gives you a step by step guide for dying fabric that can be easily applied to sheets and duvets.
If you want to go for a more vamp style, blood red bedding like this one is the way to go. It comes with a comforter, a bed skirt, two pillow shams, and three decorative pillows, plus you can also get it in black if you like the style but want another color.
If you aren't on a budget and seriously want to go all out with some lavish Gothic bedroom decorations, then consider not just getting some Gothic bedding, but an ornate Gothic bed frame to go with it! The one above is my personal favorite - it would look stunning with a black canopy hanging from it.
In love with the idea of a gothic bed frame but don't have the money for ones like the one featured above? If you have a wooden bedframe, I would recommend painting it black for a quick and easy gothic look. Alternatively, if you are going for black bedding, you could opt for a bold look with a purple, pink, red or green bed frame. It'll stand out like crazy!
The tutorial above applies just as much to any wooden furniture which you have in your room - any of it can be given a sweet gothic make-over with just a lick of paint and a bit of imagination. It's also possible to paint metal furniture, but you'll need different types of paint and the process is a little harder. Check out this example to see how.
Add Some Gothic Pillows and Decorative Cushions to Your Bed
Here's a good bedroom decorating hack for those of you who are shopping on a budget - if you already have some black or dark purple bedding at home, you don't have to buy a whole new Gothic bedding set to get the perfect look! Instead, you can just pick up some goth pillows and decorative cushions and use them to decorate your bed. There's a number of them out there, so shop around and find your favorites.
Wall Painting for Goths
Here's another tip when you are decorating a Gothic themed bedroom: never paint your walls black. It'll make the room look claustrophobic and tiny. Trust me, I did it, insisting it would look fine and it really didn't, even though I had a south facing window and got a good amount of natural sunlight into the room. The end result was really depressing! Instead, opt for a dark grey, purple, red, or brown, depending on the style you want to go for and which colors you like. It'll look much better, I promise.
Alternatively, black and white striped wallpaper is a fantastic choice, and looks like the bomb. It's got a very Tim Burton feel to it, so for fans of the Nightmare Before Christmas its a wonderful choice.
If you do go for black or a very dark grey, I really recommend having several very strong lighting sources, preferably wall sconces in order to ensure an even spread of light around the room.
If you are confident with DIY, you can do some really funky things with your walls, like the awesome Insidious 'The Further' style wall paint above. If you do go for something like this, it is best not to have too much else on your walls, or it will start to look cluttered and chaotic and spoil your art!
Decorate Your Walls with Gothic Wall Art
Once that is done, decorate your walls with some artwork! I recommend the beautiful decal above - it's got rich and deep colors, an amazing design and is very easy to apply.
Another place to look out for gothic wall art is eBay, where you can find decals, canvas art, wall sculptures and plenty other wall decoration ideas you wouldn't have thought of otherwise! It's a good place to find great deals too.
Here's another amazing video tutorials for those of you decorating on a budget. This video will show you how to make creepy 3D cut-out bats that you can arrange onto your walls however you wish.
Here are some more ideas for decorating your walls:
- Gothic posters, such as band posters and wall art
- A memo-board with plenty of black and white photos (you can take them yourself!)
- Other cut-out black shapes, such as skulls and pagan symbols
If you have some spare black fabric around, be it an old leather coat or black curtains, you can try making the memo-board above to populate with night-time landscape shots and black-and-white pictures of you and your friends.
If you have time to have a little trawl around an antique shop, you can find all sorts of wonders that would look perfect in a goth girl's bedroom. An idea that inspired me was to buy a lot of cheap black picture frames in various antique styles and stick them together in an artistic arrangement, leaving them empty. It's a very original and unique look, and makes for both good wall art and a cabinet piece for smaller frames. Go have a look at your local antique shop and see what inspiration you can find there!
You Can Even Treat Yourself to Some Gothic Furniture
If money is no object, bed frames aren't the only Gothic and Victorian style furniture you can add to your room. There's a wide range of cabinets, end tables and seating you can get to match your décor. One of my favorites is the Gothic Sanctuary end table featured above, which boasts an interesting antique style wood style and Gothic cross adornments. You can get a matching chest of drawers too.
I noted above that you can repaint your existing furniture to match the gothic style, and the best thing is, you can do this whenever you feel like changing up your style. You can even start getting creative with your painting as you get more confident doing it. I particularly like the 'black on the outside, neon color on the inside' look, as has been done with the cool bed side cabinet above.
The obvious choice of lighting for a gothic bedroom is candles, or LED flameless candles if you are worried about the fire hazard. If you're up for some DIY, though, you can save a bit of money by transforming your existing lampshade into gothic delights with the addition of lace. Check out the tutorial above to learn how.
If you are a candles girl, then you have to have some Victorian and gothic style candlabras. The best thing is, you can actually make some gorgeous candle holders at home! You have to be especially careful to make sure it is sturdy if you are using real candles, but the personal touch that a home-made beauty like the Tim Burton style tree candle holder can bring to your room is something that money can't buy. Give it a go!
Finish Off the Look with Some Gothic Bedroom Accessories
Now that you're done with the basics of your gothic bedroom, it's time to add the finishing touches with some bedroom accessories. These are the little bits and pieces that personalize your bedroom and make it look homely, such as rugs, ornaments, candles, and other bits and bobs. I like to have some figurines in my room, and I particularly like the Fairy Queen ornament above - even if it is a bit risque! You can find it, and other like it, on Amazon.
Windows need décor too, and why go for boring plain curtains when you could have these gorgeous vintage lace curtains? They are so beautiful! Alternatively, thick black or red curtains will also work well with the theme.
Curtains are a bedroom accessory that is actually relatively easy to make at home if you have the time and a spare bit of fabric that is big enough, so if you happen to have an old black lace tablecloth or something similar, you can save a bit of money and make your own gorgeous lace curtains, or even a room divider.
This is one for the seriously hard-core DIY fans - I admit I have never tried this myself, but when I saw this video I knew I had to include it. The medieval Catholic church look has always been a core part of the gothic subculture, even if it is just to subvert and shock, and stained glass windows add an air of mystique and eerie quality to any room. Obviously don't try this if you don't have permission to modify your windows. Otherwise, shoot!
You can save a fair bit of money by making your own bedroom décor - and for a Gothic themed bedroom it is relatively easy to do! For example, why not create your own DIY black roses using the tutorial above? The video even shows you how to make a matching black striped vase for them. They would look really cool on a vanity table or window sill.
Speaking of vanity tables, you can also make yourself a really cool looking mirror for your gothic bedroom. Above is a tutorial that will give you the basics, but I think instead of shells, many black roses around the frame would look even better. Experiment and make something amazing!
So there you go! That was my little guide to decorating your very own gothic themed bedroom for a girl. I hope you found a ton of ideas and have a lot of fun decorating your new room. If you liked this page, be sure to check out my blog at Bedroom Decor Ideas and Design for all of the best themed bedroom decor ideas on the net.