Fall’s Best Gothic Design Elements

Gothic design brings to mind giant gargoyles and towering wrought-iron gates guarding a spooky graveyard. While these elements add a chilling look to creepy movies and Halloween festivities, they can also bring subtle drama to your home.

Here are four favorite Gothic design elements perfect for imparting welcome mystique to your home this fall.

Maintain mystery with dark colors

Dark, rich colors are at the heart of Gothic design. Black and charcoal contrast gorgeously with beige and some shades of brown for a mysterious, medieval look.

To add a bit of Gothic style to your home, replace your light, summery shades of white with warm charcoal hues for depth and ambiance.


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Give it a Gothic shape

Arches are a key Gothic design element, and they can be placed anywhere throughout the home. From entryways to door frames, arches lend a romantic touch to any interior style.

If your home features an arched entryway, complement it with a contemporary light fixture and minimal decor to keep the focus on the enchanting Gothic motif.

If you want the Gothic look but don’t have an arch and can’t alter your home’s architectural features, consider introducing smaller-scale arches in your fireplace grate, a room divider, or a picture frame.


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Make it about mood lighting

One distinct Gothic design feature is moody ambiance produced by using abundant candles, pendant lights, chandeliers, and other lighting fixtures.

Mixing candelabras of different shapes, sizes, and finishes adds a glamorous glow to any room. Juxtaposing a piece of contemporary abstract art with a gothic chandelier lends a transitional vibe if your style is more modern.


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Finish with decor

One of the most fun aspects of Gothic design is its unique decor. If you’ve taken tips from above you can start tying it all together with simple Gothic motifs like faux taxidermy, glass jars, apothecary tables, and other dark, glamorous pieces.

Try a dark charcoal accent wall featuring a stark white mounted deer head, or a patinaed apothecary table with glass jars and candelabras scattered across its surface.


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With fall in full swing, there isn’t a better time to consider adding Gothic design elements to your home. Start with dark colors and textures, add in a few arches where appropriate, sprinkle in moody light fixtures, and finish with delightful decor for a Gothic sanctuary of your very own.


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Found On Trulia: A Gothic Revival Castle In Charlotte County, VA

It’s common knowledge that to reach the storybook version of “happily ever after,” you have to derail the malevolent plot of a scheming witch, rescue a damsel in distress — and maybe slay a fire-breathing dragon or two. But that’s not always the case.

Because at this 167-year-old castle-style estate in Brookneal, VA, fairytale endings are turnkey, presented in a pretty, turreted package that represents the lofty reverie of a deep-walleted nobleman and an architect with champagne taste to match. Together, this mid-19th-century duo turned their shared penchant for life’s finer things into Staunton Hill, a 15,696-square-foot Gothic Revival mansion with enough pomp and splendor that the boundary between fantasy and reality is successfully blurred.

Long, perilous quests to prove purity of heart aren’t a prerequisite to living here, but future inhabitants will have to conquer a different kind of beast: the monthly mortgage payment that accompanies a $ 5.490 million asking price. Hey, this particular ride into the sunset may come easy, but no one said it’d be cheap.

Staunton Hill Exterior

Situated upon 273 wooded acres overlooking the Staunton River in Charlotte County, VA, Staunton Hill was commissioned by Charles Bruce, a wealthy second-generation American whose father and benefactor, Scotland native James Bruce, had found fortune in the Southside Virginia tobacco industry.

In 1848, a little more than a decade after his father’s death, Charles Bruce built his 15,696-square-foot mansion on a hillside parcel deeded to him by his father’s estate. The three-story, 14-room plantation home was built in the Gothic Revival style, then considered to be a new and progressive choice for domestic use. With its crenellated facade and turrets, the Gothic architecture was a fitting design decision for a young man who fancied himself somewhat of an American royal. Bruce was, after all, considered to be one of the richest men in Virginia at the time.

Staunton Hill Yard

The property has since been augmented to include multiple guesthouses plus a tennis court, indoor racquetball court, an outdoor pool, and a greenhouse. Currently, the main home hosts 11 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, while collectively, the estate comprises 25 bedrooms, 20.5 bathrooms, and close to 30,000 square feet of living space.

The estate’s current acreage has been greatly reduced from its original 5,000-plus acres, which formerly produced wheat, tobacco, livestock, and corn at this once-prosperous plantation in antebellum Virginia.

Staunton Hill Front

As his architect and builder, Bruce hired his friend John Evans Johnson, who wasted no time spending the young nobleman’s money. In fact, it’s said that the home’s $ 75,000 final construction cost was almost twice the sum originally agreed upon by Bruce.

The most ostentatious display of Johnson’s extravagant taste? The 10-column portico that decorates the south side of the home. Crafted of imported Italian marble, the portico and fluted columns reportedly cost as much as the rest of the home’s masonry (stucco over brick) combined. To put that in perspective, the home’s original plans included the manor home, a six-room colonnade (the east wing), and an adjacent law office.

Staunton Hill Guest Stair

Spanning two floors, the curved double staircases were Johnson’s pièces de résistance, considered to be the manor’s most esteemed design feature. The one-of-a-kind twin staircases greet guests on the other side of a marble-floored octagonal foyer, accessed through the marble portico of the main house’s south entrance.

Staunton Hill Foyer
Thirteen-foot-tall ceilings add to the grandeur of the three first-floor parlors, each of which features plaster crown molding and cornicing original to the manor. In fact, much of the home holds some key to its past, whether that be a solid mahogany pocket door, a Venetian mirror, a candelabra sconce, or an ornate, carved mantle.

Staunton Hill Guest

The plantation’s office, a two-story structure detached from the main house, burned down in the 1930s. It was rebuilt to its original specifications and now serves as the estate’s pool house, so-named due to its proximity to the outdoor pool.

Behind a mullioned-windowed facade that very much resembles that of the main house, the pool house offers additional living space in the form of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a second-floor library. Sweeping views of the surrounding lowlands are another amenity here.

Staunton Hill Guest Yard

Heightened by the crunch of gravel underfoot, the experience of Staunton Hill’s landscaped grounds and gardens is decidedly British. A boxwood maze cuts a circuitous path beside the pool house, while climbing roses, lilac, and blooming bushes and trees decorate the courtyard’s perimeter during the warmer months.

Staunton Hill Guest Rear

The west wing, which forms the courtyard on Staunton Hill’s north side, was added in 1934 by David K.E. Bruce, grandson of Charles Bruce and one of four generations of Bruces to come into possession of the estate. Staunton Hill is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Check out the image gallery and listing for this home: 1100 Magnolia Lane, Brookneal, VA 24528(Find other Brookneal, VA homes for sale.)


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Found On Trulia: A Gothic Revival Castle In Charlotte County, VA was originally published on Southern Classic Realtors – Nivla Calcinore – Bringing You Home