If you ask any interior designer, they will say the key to holiday decor these days is to make it subtle. For fall this means using fall colors in your textiles or florals in your spaces instead of pumpkins. I mean listen if it makes you happy I say do whatever you want! But if you want your home to have that expensive, interior-designed look then I’m here to help. Well, my friends at Wren Kitchens are with their gothic decor style guide.

With Halloween just around the corner, it is easy to incorporate a bit of gothic glamour style and decor into your space. So Wren Kitchens collaborated with an interior design expert and influencer Interior Styling 18 to provide tips on how to introduce a subtle gothic theme into your home. Whether you are hosting a Halloween party or just want your home to reflect the excitement of the season, these easy tips will take your home from looking good to great!

And it’s not too late to decorate for Halloween (I just did last weekend), so I’ll get a good 2 weeks out of my decor. Perhaps I’ll leave it up til it’s time to decorate for Christmas. Keep reading to see their 5 decor tips or read Wren Kitchens’s full style guide here.

  • 1. Choose A Cohesive Theme

    At Halloween, you’ve got plenty of themes to pick from to ensure your kitchen stays on trend, whilst achieving that spooky effect!

    If you’re looking for a Victorian theme, use items such as bats, potion-filled bottles & gothic candlesticks that create a mysterious atmosphere.

    If a more luxe Halloween style is your vibe, try black pampas grass in a dark vase. Consider ditching the classic orange and black colors and move to white monochrome with gold accessories to accent.

    Or for a more rustic fall style, choose soft autumnal shades of wheat, rust, and russet with plenty of natural touches like autumn leaf wreaths!

  • 2. Incorporate Nature

    Fall is all about nature. And with the leaves turning and painting a colorful picture, why not incorporate these natural elements in your Halloween home décor?

    Head to the pumpkin patch and pick some irregularly shaped pumpkins and gourds.  Or grab some branches outside to incorporate into your autumnal display. Opt for branches with crisp golden brown, orange & red leaves to inject some color into your Halloween scheme.

    If going natural isn’t quite your style, you could also use dark wooden kitchenware such as chopping boards or wooden spoons to bring some of the natural world into your home.

  • 3. Color Scheme

    At Halloween, as alluded to above, the majority of people opt for the classic black and orange color combination. However, consider some of these other options this year:

    • Natural neutrals: A more muted color palette can either complement your traditional black and orange decorations or stand out on its own, with rustic and natural fabrics helping things pop.
    • Metallics: Make your Halloween looks a bit more luxe with golds, silvers, and bronze tones – you could spray paint pumpkins or pick up some gold accents to go with the rest of your decor.
    • Pretty pastels: Spooky Halloween decorations not really for you? If your kitchen is decorated in lighter shades, why not tap into the ‘pastel goth’ trend with candy-pink pumpkins and cute light-purple bat decorations
  • 4. Use Lighting To Set The Mood

    A spooky season deserves spooky lighting. And it’s an easy way to up the aesthetic. From cleverly placed lights to candles burning, lighting is a powerful way to help your kitchen feel cozier this autumn. Go with the ever-popular spiced or pumpkin-scented candles or opt for LED tealights.

    Or take it to the next level and be a little more dramatic, with pre-lit pumpkins, neon signs, projector lights, and more – turn off the lights, turn on your kitchen uplighting, and let your statement lights do the talking! In fact I just bought a neon ghost because why not?

  • 5. Faux Bouquets Or Seasonal Plants

    Faux floral arrangements are a perfect way to dress a dining table or breakfast bar with slightly more natural gothic vibes. A seasonal arrangement is always the perfect centerpiece.

    If you want to create your own arrangement, look for seasonal varieties like ferns, Protea, Gypsophila, autumn leaves, dried stems, and dark grasses, or pick more colorful options like burnt orange roses, sunflowers, carnations, or gerberas.