The gothic design style goes all the way back to the Middle Ages, but the gothic interiors we’re familiar with today have their roots in the Victorian period, which saw a revival of the style. Identified by ornate and elegant details, gothic borrows from medieval (ecclesiastical in particular) architecture (pointed and curved arches, stained glass windows, large, imposing fireplaces), and makes use of heraldic emblems (coats of arms, mythical beasts). Other features that identify the gothic look include stone walls, richly coloured or patterned walls, carved cornices, metal chandeliers, candelabras, and flagstones. It’s a wonderfully dramatic decor option for any home, so why not create your own gothic-inspired interior?
This example is what you’d call a typically dark and ominous gothic interior – a space Miss Haversham would be proud of.
On the other hand, though, gothic can work just as well in unexpected colours. The contemporary gothic interior above pairs white gothic features with the more common black colour scheme to great effect.
This room is light and airy, not really what you think of as gothic. That is until you focus your attention on the stunning arched window.
The dining room above is a large and formidable gothic space. You could almost forget its place in time if it weren’t for the Marilyn Monroe print on the wall.
This beautifully carved and gothically influenced bed, with it’s velvety royal purple sheets, is enough to transform any bedroom from ordinary to extraordinary.
The odd gothic detail here and there is all you need to successfully inject a little bit of drama into a space.
This bathroom has plenty of Victorian gothic-style features, yet still manages to maintain a modern appeal.
There’s no area of a home that wouldn’t benefit from a touch of the gothic. Even the design of your kitchen can be gothically inspired.
An imposing fireplace is a must if you’re planning on throwing yourself fully into the gothic design experience. In fact, as many room features as possible should loom large in the space if you’re to get the look just right.
The interior of this riad in Marrakesh is suitably gothic in appearance, proving that you don’t have to stick to the traditional Victorian-style decor options to pull off the look.
The interior above is bright and modern with a few subtle gothic-inspired features added, giving it that little bit more character.
Stone walls and floors, pointed arched windows and archways, chandeliers and candelabras – this dining room ticks practically all the gothic design boxes.