With the popularity of vampire and zombie fiction, many of the more avant-garde home decorators are turning to Gothic and Victorian design elements for their room decor. ‘Gothic decor’ is an oft searched term on the Internet. Here is a DIY guide to Gothic design. For edgy, sensual and eerie decor ideas, we turn to those repressed, erotic Victorians for inspiration. Even though the Gothic period in art and architecture harks back to early middle ages, those hag-ridden Victorians with their restrictions and obsessions brought a renaissance of all that was dark, foreboding and demonic. Freud had a field ripe for the plucking with Victorian libido repression, sexual phobia and phallic lust.
Gothic colors: black, gold, blood red, dark wine red, silver, deep midnight blue. Metallic colors symbolize sexual prowess. Dark colors evoke thoughts of nighttime, supernatural and foreboding.
Gothic patterns: dark paisley designs (many believe that the paisley designs, with its sensuous curves and loops resembling sperm, represented suppressed phallic symbols. You’ll note that paisley was a popular design for men’s smoking jackets, vests and lounge robes).
Gothic furniture: sumptuous divans, floor pillows, chaise lounge, settees and tiny gilt tables. The emphasis is on comfort and seduction.
Curtains and drapes: Gothic Victorians used curtains heavily in their decor. Curtains symbolize hidden desire, secretive trysts and bedroom activities (very Gothic themes). Curtains should be of weighty fabric such as velvet, velveteen, brocade, or heavier linen. Drapes should be lined for privacy and held back with sensual gold rope. Gothic Victorians curtained everything: doorways, alcoves, niches (in which usually resided a voluptuous Greek nude sculpture displayed on a pedestal and pregnant with Freudian significance.)
Gothic decor elements should include funereal plants, usually of a fern or ivy variety, draping fronds and tendrils seductively around a pedestal or elevated plant stand. Ferns and ivy symbolize sensuality, fertility and death; popular themes in Gothic Victoriana.
Other Gothic decor items might include a samovar (Turkish tea urn), hookah pipe, nargila and other water smoking implements. These are lavishly designed and elegant just as accessories. They are also useful for seducing the innocent guest.
Another popular item of Gothic Victorian decor is the ubiquitous gargoyle. Preferably these Gothic must-haves are carved in deep mahogany of a newel post of bed frame to frighten innocent maidens into a gentleman’s bed. Stone gargoyle statues, with leering eyes and lasciviously lolling tongue are Gothic Victorian eroticism at its quintessence.
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