Reflect your personal style or the personality of your teenager with a gothic teen room decorated using gothic decor tips and ideas that range from traditional and classic gothic styles to red and/or purple walls and decor accessories accented with black.
Room to RIP For Your Gothic Teen
By Fran Sloan
When your teen decides to go Goth, you can decorate her bedroom in a way that will help her feel completely at home, even if your personal style, as reflected in the rest of the home, is completely opposite.
Incorporating elements from the more traditional gothic style may include architectural modifications and layered accessories. But don’t go overboard and have a room of absolute depression and horror. Take into account that the rest of the family, who may not be Goth-inclined, will visit the room as well. Try to make it as welcoming as possible for everyone.
First, know how dark you intend to go with your colors. Whenever we think about Goth, the first thing that comes to mind is black. For your walls, you may instead opt for deep red or purple with a black accent. Alternatively, use the stone block style which is reminiscent of medieval castles, along with your deep red or purple. You may have three of the walls in deep purple or violet, and then apply faux stones onto the fourth wall. Or for a less permanent solution, simply dip a large square sponge into gray paint and create the semblance of bricks on your wall. To complete the brick wall effect, use a plain brush to add darker and lighter tones. Or simply settle for wallpaper with a brick wall print.
For her bedroom floor, consider black stained wood which would greatly complement the rest of the Gothic furniture and accessories. If you already have wall to wall carpeting, place an area rug on top of your carpet. A shag area rug in black or deep purple placed in front of the bed will do wonders for a gothic-themed room.
A wrought iron bed or a heavy wooden four poster bed frame with a lot of richly colored velvet drapery reflects the classic Goth style. Make sure that all woods used in the room are dark with a lot of intricate carving detail. Pick bed linen in deep purple or violet. Add as many accent pillows as possible, piling them onto the bed in varying sizes and shapes. Pillow cases would be great in heavy red velvets, complete with intricate embroidery.
For accessories, you have a world to choose from when it comes to Goth. Visit home remodeling and salvage stores for gargoyles mounted on columns and arches. This should not cost you too much. Hang your gargoyle above the door frame or on a column placed by the door. Mount a small coffin onto wrought iron legs to create a personalized study desk for your teen. Add faux iron table lamps onto it. Glue miniature skulls onto her telephone to make it more fun. A few crucifixes hung on the walls are a gothic must-have. Dragon artwork would also be great. Frame up classic vampire movie posters to decorate the walls and make the room more playful. Hang some crucifixes above the head of the bed and mirrors. For hooks and lighting features, go for rustic iron.
Remember not to make the modifications to her room too permanent because your Goth teen is likely to grow out of the whole gothic phase eventually. Ensure that when the time comes, you should be able to change back without incurring too much cost.
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