Characteristics of gothic furniture

Ornate gothic furniture and décor can add character, grandeur and atmosphere to your home’s interior.

Give your home a gothic-style makeover or simply add impact to your interior with a single gothic statement piece.

Whilst modern gothic style is sometimes painted as a little tongue-in-cheek and Halloween-esque, traditional gothic architecture and design was breathtakingly refined and ornate.

History of gothic architecture and design

Gothic architecture and style were first popular in Europe during the mid to late Middle Ages, between the 12th and 16th centuries. During this time, Gothic architecture was the fashionable choice when building churches and cathedrals throughout Europe. Gothic churches and cathedrals were vast, high-ceiled affairs with stained glass windows and ornate decorations everywhere the eye could see, both inside and out. Gothic style was revived again during the Victorian era in the mid to late 19th century.

How to recognise gothic furniture

Key characteristics of gothic design include:

  • Heavy, dark woods.
  • Gargoyles and imaginary creatures.
  • Intricate carvings.
  • Elaborate and ornate designs.
  • Rosettes, pointed arches, and finials.
  • Religious associations.

Gothic interior design

Whilst gothic-themed rooms are popular, single items of gothic furniture can also be used to complement a variety of interior styles, adding drama and interest to any room.

If you’re looking to create a gothic-themed room then your gothic furniture will work well with stained glass, deep, rich colours, and thick, plush fabrics like velvet.

The best colours to use with gothic furniture are deep, dark shades of red, purple and green alongside accents of gold.

The dark woods and grotesque creatures used throughout gothic design can create a dark and moody atmosphere, whilst it’s highly ornate and imposing features create an air of extravagance and opulence.

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