Goth Design and Decor

Want to keep the kids off your lawn? Or on it? Trying to keep relatives from visiting your home? Looking for ways to keep the cool crowd coming back? Or perhaps you just prefer to explore the rich, introspective imagery and colors of goth-themed interior design.

Goth Chandelier
Image © Amber Avalona.

There is a persistent myth that goth culture is somehow negative and depressing. On the contrary, goths can be very playful and creative with arts and crafts, rebalancing brightness and darkness on a visual level, finding beauty in the intersection of shadow and light.

Casting a wide brush, it explores the lush aesthetics of eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture and objects d’art, as well as the sharp minimalism of industrial and cyberpunk fashion.

Looking for ideas? Several YouTube video personalities can help you to explore the possibilities. Here are a few recent examples:

Christine McConnell, best known for a short-lived but wicked cooking series on Netflix, shows you how to decorate a formal dining table that will impress your most mysterious dinner guests.

SimplySpooky shares unboxings, hauls and product reviews from boutique companies with names like Ginger Red Coffin and Killstar.

Spooky Sam give video a tour of her inexpensively-decorated apartment, including skull-shaped planters, macrame, and salt-and-pepper shakers.

With a little research, you might even score your own turn-key haunted house. In Baltimore, a one-bedroom, goth-themed house just came on the market. Priced at $225,00, it includes black carpeting, black, furniture and, in the living room, a black coffin. Plus a cemetery gate and headstones outside.

Finally, my partner Dolores offers the following decorating advice, especially when the landlord or homeowner’s association doesn’t want to play along with with your proposed color scheme.

“One of the biggest disappointments for those wanting to decorate their home or room goth is a common ban on black or dark walls. An alternative would be to paint the walls to resemble white marble or light gray granite. Tape off sections into blocks before marbleizing the walls. Practice first on areas that furniture would mostly cover so that your most skillful work would be the most visible.

“If you do get to paint your walls dark, don’t do matte. Black matte paint brings up associations with backstage areas and creates a connotation of fakeness. Go for gloss!

“Make it work with pallid furniture, lots of gilded or silvered surfaces, and as many mirrors as you can put in between the silver-edged bookshelves. Mirrors in dark rooms are inherently spooky! Large windows also can help you navigate, curtained with cobweb-wispy pale curtains of gauze or lace, especially with a valence or cornice.”