The Witch’s Cottage: Goth Home Decoration Part One-The First Steps

Pink Window Summer Garden Cottage Roses Flowers
As I will be moving out on my own soon, I thought I would create a post to help me get my thoughts and ideas in order for what I would like. I enjoy the English cottage style of home, and would love to add darker witchy elements to it, but while I am planning on living in a cottage, there are not many in my country that are affordable and that offer the garden space which I would require.

The first step in home decoration of any kind is to write a list of all the things you wish your home to be. I want a home that reflects my love of the macabre, my love of nature, my love of the occult and my love of anything particularly pretty and weird. My home needs to reflect my personality, my tastes and interests, and most of all it must be a place where I feel safe and “at home”.

Once this list of what you want your home to be is made (in your head, on paper, in an artwork or whatever floats your boat), it is time to move on to looking for pictures of your dream home. This could be anything from the entire “Practical Magic” house to a kitchen from here and a table from there. The key here is to make a collage or a tester of your dream home. I have started this, but have not been able to make a nice portfolio of it due to the shocking price of ink :P. These images come mostly from my favourite inspirations, Practical Magic, Etsy goodies (both witchy and gothic), Goth blogs, 365 days of Halloween, as well as this book on making curtains my mother gave me. You could also make collages on Polyvore, or through various phone apps which are now available.

I’m taking inspiration from anything spooky, kooky, witchy and of course affordably pretty.

The next thing to be decided upon are colours and patterns, materials and price. My main accent colour is black, but I like Grey’s as a neutral tone. I like plenty of damask, thick non-sheen materials, and tafetta.  I also like lacy patterns and arabesques, as well as traditionally Gothic architecture-inspired pieces like cast iron swirls, gargoyles and dragons.

As I am on a budget, I am looking mostly at bargain buys, wholesale shops, homemade DIY efforts and if I’m lucky flea market and thrift store finds.  I’m lucky in that I have many things  which have been gifted to me already like two bookshelves a desk, a beautiful cast iron bed with a matching cleopatra seat. I am not likely to have much space for winged back chairs and the like, but I do plan on having a book nook. There are many pillow options available for the gothic, creepy and witchy at heart with skull, nautical and antique animal themes.

My final stage of the first steps would be to look at what you have, can you improve it? Is it usable? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Could it be better off with someone else? Does it need to be thrown out? Can it be recycled through throwing out or through your own DIY efforts? Does it reflect who you are? Does it bring good, hopeful memories? Is it practical? Throw out what is useless and completely irreparable, donate what others can use, keep what you love, DIY what you can and fix what you can, always be practical, but don’t forget that ornamentation is (practical)ly beautiful too.

Recommended Links

Goth it Yourself is a fantastic blog from a lady who is decorating her house with a gothic aesthetic, she has many projects and many great ideas. Check it out! 

365 Days of Halloween has given me so many ideas for my own home decoration.

Etsy has lovely things always. If you cannot buy them yourself, why not take inspiration from what others have created.

Look on any Tumblr blogs for pretty inspirations like wall decals, pillows, and never forget to Google Google Google 😀


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5 thoughts on “The Witch’s Cottage: Goth Home Decoration Part One-The First Steps

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  4. You sound very young! I like your enthusiasm for everything, and, even though i just started reading your blogs, I cant wait to see more of the ideas you have! I have been out on my own for 30 years, and my own tastes have developed over time, into something much like yours. I have an unusual mix of Fairies and similar art, primitive crows, stars and witchy-stuff.

    I have huge containers of peacock feathers that I have gathered, with dried flowers, herbs, oranges and pumpkins that are very beautiful, and inexpensive. I try to not clutter my world with stuff that doesn’t mean anything, so all the decorations I have usually come from a cool place I’ve visited, or as a gift from someone special.

    If I were going to offer some advice, I’d tell you that too much of a dark color will make your living space seem very, very small! The walls will close in on you in a hurry, and what seemed cozy and cool will seem like cluttered and claustrophobic. I had to rethink my house a few times to lighten my tones and make everything a bit less closed in.

    One idea you might consider is to incorporate a groovy shade of deep purple with your black tones. Purple is a very elegant color and looks great with all kinds of decor. I use lots of deep orange to give my house a warm feeling.

    • Thank you for reading my blog! I definitely agree that too much of a dark colour will make a space seem very small. As I’m living in a garden cottage at the moment, all my walls are white which I hate, but I am not allowed to paint the walls anyway.

      If I were to paint the walls it would be more along the lines of earthy tones, or dusty purple as a focus wall. I think purple is really a lovely colour, and I have been attempting to put purple accents where possible.

      I tend to hang pictures and objects such as bats and broomsticks on the walls to break the monotony of the white.

      Since Halloween is coming along, I’m definitely incorporating some orange tones here and there which adds warmth, along with some more purple.

      Thank you for sharing your tips, they are very helpful!

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