Design from A to Z: G is for Gothic

Design A-Z: G is for Gothic on Design*Sponge

Black walls. Dimly lit interiors. Creepy old mansions. Think gothic design and these are some of the images that immediately come to mind. But true gothic design — not the cliched stereotypes — is quite the opposite. With beginnings in architecture as early as the 12th century by way of Gothic cathedrals throughout Europe (where many beautiful examples still exist), gothic design is dramatic, grand, and not for the faint of heart. Instead of the Addams’ family home, picture one that is spacious (high ceilings are a trademark of this design style) — filled with light and ornate details.

The opposite of simplicity, gothic design relies heavily on substantial furniture (often made of wood and wrought iron) upholstered in heavy, luxurious fabrics and ornate details and decorations to emphasize its opulent origins. Dark and vibrant shades like rich purples, deep greens, and saturated wines on the walls and textiles add to the dramatic feel while details like stained glass windows, arches, and elaborately carved moldings are a direct nod to this style’s cathedral beginnings. Combine all of these elements together for something special or take a few ideas here and there and mix it with something lighter, brighter, and more modern for a space that’s truly unique. —Kisha

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