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Gothic Bedroom Design

Updated on September 10, 2014

Welcome to Gothic Bedroom Design

Do you want to sleep in a Gothic castle? Do you love the medieval look? Take a look at my Gothic Bedroom Design ideas, options, and how-to advice for designing your own Gothic bedroom. You'll find links to Gothic style bedding, Gothic color combinations, faux painting tips to make your bedroom look old, medieval and Gothic décor accessories, Gothic candlabras, and books on Gothic design to help you get that Medieval look just right!

Gothic bedrooms are all the rage right now. Get in on the fun. Design your own Gothic bedroom today!


Why a Gothic Bedroom?

Bela Lugosi Inspired My Gothic Bedroom

My love of the old Dracula movies inspired me to design my own Gothic bedroom. I so much admired the medieval looking décor that I started really looking at how those castle bedrooms were decorated.

The first thing I noticed was the candelabras. Before electricity that was their only form of lighting. For a proper Gothic bedroom you definitely need a great candelabra.

Color scheme is a bit difficult to detect in the old black and white movies but I've found that rich reds, royal purples, deep blacks,satiny golds, and all of the gem colors, work very well. Your bedding pattern must be of a regal design, stripes or crests, or simply solid colors with lots of velvet, lace, and fringe work. The large 4 post bed should be topped with a lacy canopy, or fringy drapes and have an assortment of billowy pillows on it.

Wrought Iron adds a touch of the ancient. Crosses and over door decorations should all be made of wrought iron, or look like it is.

Of course you will still want the modern conveniences of electricity but be sure that it doesn't stand out too much. You can find Gothic looking lamps with scroll work on the bases and even in the upper lighted areas. You can even find lamps and ightbulbs that resemble candles.

Your pictures and accessories should not have a modern look. Think Medieval paintings - swords, dragons, crests, Kings, and Queens. Since my room is based on Dracula, I have a great picture of a vampire, ready to sink his teeth in, at the side of my bed.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun designing your Gothic bedroom. Watch the old movies, study the medieval designs in books and start designing your own castle hideaway!

Faux Painting Gothic Bedroom Walls

How to Create Cracks and Cobwebs

Your Gothic bedroom should have an old look and feel to it. Think dark and dusty without it actually being dirty and filled with cobwebs. Believe it or not, you can acquire this look with a new coat of paint.

To get started you need to choose a paint color that compliments your bedding and taste. While a Gothic bedroom should be dark, black paint on the walls isn't necessary. I'd try to go with tones of a dusty white, sepia, or gray. Stay away from anything bright or fluorescent.

I chose to use a nuetral color with a slight golden tone to it as the back color in my bedroom, to match the gold in my bedding and curtains, and a brownish colored paint for the accent, but I believe this technique will work with any color you like.

Once you've chosen your wall color, you'll need to choose an accent color. This color should be in the same family as your chosen wall color,but a shade or two darker. You can also go with a dark gray, or if you've chosen a fairly dark color for your walls, you might want to use black. Test the colors to see if they go together using the paint chip samples at your local paint store.

Once you've got your colors, paint the entire room with the lighter color. Depending on the type of paint you use, this usually takes two coats.

After the paint on your walls is completely dry, comes the fun part! Using a very thin artist's paint brush, or the edge of a folded piece of sturdy paper, paint thin, uneven lines to look like cracks onto your walls, running from the top corners (where two walls meet the ceiling) in varying lengths, no more than 1/4 of the way down the walls. In order to keep your cracks realistic looking, don't go all the way to the floor. If a real wall cracked like that, it would crumble and cave in.

As you paint the lines (cracks) down the walls, keep your paint brush on the dry side, and don't re-wet your brush until you start a new line. The lines should appear darker and fuller near the ceiling and fade away as they descend down the wall, just like actual cracks do.

Do this in all four corners of your room, but don't make the cracks look symmetrical, and keep the lines thin. Each corner should have it's own unique look. If you like, you can paint a few "cracks" in the center of the walls, starting from the ceiling, but I don't recommend you do too many. Sometimes, less is more and in this case less cracking will look much more realistic.

Gothic Bedroom Window Treatments and Curtains

Your Gothic bedroom window treatments should be long, full, and billowy with sheer panels of lace peeking out through satiny, or velvet, curtains. They should flow and flutter with the breeze of an open window and yet look majestic when sitting still.

Your curtain colors should be the same rich colors as your bedding or something similar that will compliment them. Think ruby red, black, gold, or deep purples, and maroons.

I chose liquid gold curtains with black lace and a valance that matches my comforter with black jacquard stripes over gold. I'm very pleased with the color combination and the antique look of the lace curtains. (I got my lace curtains at Big Lots, believe it or not. It's like they say in their commercials, you never know!)

To add to the medieval look of your Gothic bedroom windows, you might look for scrolling, or crescent shaped, wrought iron door toppers and attach them to the walls just about your curtains. I found some great scrolling door toppers at Kirklands for my own room and placed them not only above the curtains but over each of the doors too. They give the walls a taller appearance and add to the mystique and majesty of the room.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I liked this a lot!! Thanks for the advice

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      webstudio2ucom 5 years ago

      Good ideas for the design, I just gather a collection of designs for the bedroom for 2012

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      wow - these featured gothic bedroom design images are like something out of the movies!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Some very cool stuff here. I love medieval décor.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting! I never would've thought about making it look like I have cracks and cobwebs for a faux goth look.

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      SookieLovesToPa 6 years ago

      Vampire bedroom design ideas - perfect for Halloween. :)

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      JoolsObsidian LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for some good ideas on Gothic style!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wonder with vampires looming around, anyone can sleep. One has to be very brave.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      that gothic charm bed looks really kind and cozy! very nice job!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      An excellent site, well done!

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      theherbivorehip 8 years ago

      OMW this is a really good lens! I have sooo much to learn. lol um and I want that black Wrought iron bed!!

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      Manbiki 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! Beat Info

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow Robbin, you have found some really cool Gothic items here. I love the directions for adding the cracks to the ceiling.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this site, it's really interesting to see different ideas and then to be able to add your own creative touch would make it extra special.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      The garlic - a very good idea and practical (you never can tell). I would love to live in a min castle with lots of purple. 5*s

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      Another incredible lens, love the purple comforter! The ideas are unique, I have to come back again! 5*

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Some of those beds are really cool looking. :)

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Awesome lens - love the painted cracked ceiling! Very original! 5*****

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      Jfay 8 years ago

      AWESOME! Love the theme! 5* -- Now all you need is one of my gothic designed candles to finish off your rooms! You may be interested in my Gothic Line at www.studio3bonline.com/mysterysuspensecandles.htm -- Jfay xxoo

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Cool idea. Does your bedroom look like this?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This site has a lot of great ideas, I have my own design but my bed is a twin size, I was wondering if a canopy would look good. I'm trying to deside on to make one or buy one but I don't know where to look. If anyone has any ideas e-mail me at shadygirl1571@yahoo.com. Again thanks for the ideas on the site!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great designs with inspiring ideas. Thanks!

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      Yakodzuna 8 years ago

      Hello! Awesome Ideas! Definitely 5 stars! Thanks for sharing it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Some great ideas here for gothic bedroom decoration, now to chose which items to go with, there are so much more diversity than I knew!Single Goths

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      mistyblue75605 lm 9 years ago

      Neat subject!

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      dc64 lm 9 years ago

      I just had to check out this gothic bedroom site too. Awesome. My gothic bedroom is a bit sparse...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Pretty nice lens. I remember our ancestral house after looking at your pictures.

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      cannedguds lm 9 years ago

      Wow! Good Gothic lens showcasing Gothic design! I dunno but if I can combine this and Feng Shui bedroom design techniques, I might attract good vibrations in a Gothic gloom and doom style! Anyway, thanks for sharing this lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I wish I could have a Gothic room for myself too!Soon, if I could incur enough budget for that!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting. try to visit mine if you got a chance.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Can I also do it for my home renovation?I have a hard time doing it. If you have time you can check my lens. Thanks for your lens, I got much information.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi! i like gothic designs. you have a faNTaSTic lens. keep it up! anyway i am still fixing my lens.

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      dana_dana 9 years ago

      Wow! This is amazing! A great way for me to find some great decor for me and my friends.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love Gothic designs dude!Two Thumbs Up for you!

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      Lou165 9 years ago from Australia

      This lens has brought back so many memories - I so wanted a gothic bedroom when I was a teenager....I wasn't allowed :(Another cool lens that must have been fun to make.

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      Number1Athlete 9 years ago

      this lens must have taken forever to make; its really interesting and different5 stars :)

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      WhiteOak50 9 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! I need to look and see if I can find a picture of how I had bedroom decorated once. Have a great day!

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      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      An excellent lens; you've clearly taken a lot of time and effort in putting this one together and it's all come together fantastically well. A very interesting and incredibly useful resource.

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      Couch-Covers-Melanie 9 years ago

      I love your lens! Especially medieval look of the bedroom but i am afraid it would scare my husband if i decided to get one lol.5 stars for you!PS: Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

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      SideSplitters 9 years ago

      This is a really cool and fun lens! Nice products! Gothic is a really fun theme to create.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Ah, I see you've moved this lens to one of the new categories -- SAY too bad we can't have those rankings in new categories happen immediately! Well, you know you simply MUST get a canopy as I don't want you to have any bad feng shui now. No way, no how!

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      Hassen 9 years ago

      Your welcome, rms, If he had his way...God forbid,We would be living in a box, (grin) no he just is slower to new things where I love it. If you could only see my closet, I recently had some fun on ebay, was getting my Rock-a-Billy on, and yes , I truly wear my finds. Please keep all going as I like alot of the things you seem too. Oh yeah have you checked out Betsy Johnson's newest line. I know she is an oddball, but wow, her jewelry alone are masterpieces.I found an evening/cocktail black dress w/so much of her in it even I could'nt beleive the price, to me it's priceless, but at about 25 years old, and in mint shape, i paid about $20., thats w/ s/h fees..again love your stuff, and have told a few inner friends about it.. most of them are more wikka though...

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Thank you for bringing this up Hassen. I do plan to give everyone a peek into my Gothic style boudoir very soon! Just needs a few more finishing touches!

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      Hassen 9 years ago

      Dear rms, I am sure others feel as I do, show us your gothic room, I am trying to convince my spouse to let me do this, and maybe by seeing yours he will let me do this as well....love your site..

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      What fun, I love Gothic bedrooms! Mine is mix between Goth and fantasy. Mostly dark purple in color and faeries everywhere. Gorey Details is awesome too!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love goth and the idea of a goth bedroom is great.. this is just too cheesy

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      I'm getting into the Goth a bit because of my kids. My daughter,Eelkat on Squidoo, wants to open a Goth store with her own fashions.

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      Bellezza-Decor 9 years ago from Canada

      Who would've thunk it! Congrats.

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      Flashfink 9 years ago

      This would be a good idea for bachelors who like goth girls!

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Great content, definitely a unique theme! I like it.

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi rms, Wonderful Gothic lens. Before reading this lens, I though I was only into the rustic look. Gothic is pretty kewl. I'll have to run that by the wife cuz I'd like some of that around the house. ~Music Resource~

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      tape off stripes going up and down.....do a pattern of red, black and white, and vary the widths of the lines...that is what i did in mine, and its great

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Kat, My office was done in those exact colors. I used red paint on the walls, black trim all around, and I left the doors white. I have white outlets and switches so I used black outlet covers and switch covers. I think she'll love it!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      great rooms but i need ideas on the actual walls. my daughter wants it red black and white to match her goth/rock look. please help!

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      Tonie Cook 10 years ago from USA

      Wonderful!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 10 years ago

      very interesting topic 5 stars 4 u

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      NAIZA LM 10 years ago

      Wonderful authentic bedroom designs! How I wish I had those on my bed...terrific!

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      Michelle_Gartner 10 years ago

      I loved your ideas and design for the gothic bedroom- all except for the garlic decor. I am afraid I have too vivid of an imagination- I would suspect that I would really smell garlic all the time even though it is decorative... Michelle

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      bcarter 10 years ago

      Cool info. I love the purple sheet and comforter sets on eBay; I almost went off spending money that I don't have :(

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      You've got some fun stuff here!

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      dianek 10 years ago

      Ohh I really like this, and I thought Gothic was just black

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      nickupton lm 10 years ago

      Quite bizarre, but fascinating!