Are you thinking of putting together a gothic living room?
Do you know what kinds of décor you should be looking for?
Would it be beneficial to see some examples to help you get started?
Gothic living rooms have many similar qualities, but no two are exactly alike. These rooms rely on dark colors and heavy furniture, and they usually also have large windows, big mirrors, or both. They often include a chandelier and big area rugs as centerpieces.
In this article, we’ll give you 17 great examples you can check out to figure out the best gothic living room ideas for your needs.
Take your time and look through the pictures below to learn more!
1. Very Modern
Your whole living room doesn’t have to be gothic if you prefer to just keep a few elements of this style going strong. In this room, the walls and windows aren’t given the gothic treatment, and the area rug chosen is a simple gray one. However, the black furnishings and accent of rich purple call to mind the gothic style even though the shapes and profiles are all completely contemporary in nature. The more ornate and elegant chandelier hanging in the center of the room is the only truly gothic-style piece in this otherwise gothic-inspired smaller living room.
2. Elegant and Refined
This room uses a handful of very dark pieces—the coffee table and shelves, for example—to blend in with the lighter furnishings and area rug for a traditional gothic look. The chandelier is not over-the-top, but is still big enough to become a focal point in the room that balances the area rug choice. There is plenty of lighting, and the room is allowed to be bright and cheerful rather than dark and closed-off like many other gothic spaces. It is a little cluttered in terms of visual appeal, but the clutter sticks to the theme as well.
Have you got big, tall windows in your living room? If so, you may want to stick to quaint choices in your furnishings to help balance this more toward your gothic style. Big windows look great with a simple low-profile sofa in front of them, and this room shows that common gothic color options can work wonders for this kind of space, too. With a glass coffee table finishing off the room, it bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary styles to make a transitional space that hearkens back to most of the design trends that make gothic rooms what they are.
4. Light and Bright
Gothic usually means dark, but it doesn’t have to. This room matches the architecture to the colors of the chosen furnishings and incorporates Victorian style fabrics and floor treatments to put together a unique gothic space. The room is well-lit and includes a chandelier as well as a piano and large mirrors and wall hangings to complete the overall gothic concept and carry it throughout.
5. Vibrant Accents
This room makes the most of built-in bookshelves by painting the backdrop vivid magenta. This unique choice works as an accent to offset the black walls with gothic scrollwork above each shelf as well as the black chandelier centerpiece. The room features black drapes and a black area rug with a pink sofa that complements the bookshelves perfectly. Everything is tied together by way of a black candelabra featuring magenta candles to add to the overall dramatic effect of this striking gothic style room.
6. Warm and Brown
It isn’t common to find warm, brown gothic spaces. However, this room makes it work by including modern furnishings with gothic architecture and plenty of warm tones throughout. The room is accented in gold, which further goes along with the gothic tradition and creates attention-grabbing areas at the same time.
7. Open Spaces
With a very large open concept living room, you can work your dining area into your living space and still keep things gothic. Your home may not look like the one pictured here, but you can use it for inspiration when working with overly spacious living rooms connected to dining rooms.
8. Small and Cozy
This smaller room utilizes elements of gothic furnishings such as decorative orange pillows and darker fabrics on the furniture as well as black drapes and walls. However, it offsets this visual weight with lighter and more contemporary styles of wall décor and a small but bright chandelier.
9. Modern Red
With a very modern twist on the gothic style, you can combine traditional elements with contemporary stark contrasts to create a room like the one pictured here. The streamlined furniture shapes help keep things more modern than they would be in other gothic living rooms, and the portraits tie it all back to the more classic style as well.
10. All Black
Consider putting together an all black living room like this one, which is situated in the bedroom as a sort of parlor space. Almost everything in this room is black with small splashes of color to draw attention.
11. Romantic Red
This room focuses largely on red with darker brown and black as accents. The room may look cluttered, but it sticks to a very traditional gothic style nicely even so.
12. Cathedral Windows
Most people don’t have the benefit of cathedral windows and massive ceilings like those pictured here. However, you can still be inspired by the furnishings in this space if you have a living room with taller-than-average windows, too.
13. Muted Gray
For a more modern take on a gothic living room, try sticking to muted gray shades with a little brown instead of the more traditional black and gold. It still creates the same mood without relying on heavier, darker shades.
14. Mirrors are the Key
The gothic style relies heavily on ornate mirrors, so hang a big one over your fireplace like this picture shows. Doing so will allow the room to look bigger than it may be and increase lighting in the space, too.
15. White Walls
When you want brighter white walls than many gothic living rooms include, use black as an accent color. Splashes of gold throughout the room tie the whole look together.
This is a small living space with only a few pieces of furniture and a couple of colors working together. However, its elegant gothic fireplace helps complete the look by focusing on the design trends of this style.
If you have a modern split-level living room, let the staircase work with your dark furnishings like the one pictured here. Don’t over-decorate the walls, but use area rugs and chandeliers to draw the eye throughout the room.
Is this type of living room even a good idea? Here are a few positives of a gothic living room:
And here are a few negatives:
Of course, in the end, the decision is entirely up to you. Put together the living room of your dreams with the help of the inspiring photos listed above!