Modern Gothic Interior Design

Exploring Modern Gothic Interior Design

If you are like most people, when you hear the term “gothic” you likely think of dark, macabre and scary spaces that would fit better in a classic horror film than a fashionable home. However, the Gothic style is often misunderstood. The modern Gothic interior design style is intricate and classic. It can be beautiful and welcoming when done right.

The History of the Gothic Aesthetic

The Gothic style dates back to the height of the medieval period. Many of the most notable examples of Gothic architecture are cathedrals and churches with pointed arches, ribbed vaults, flying buttresses and an emphasis on verticality.

Throughout the interior and exterior, Gothic buildings feature beautiful and intricate craftsmanship. The ornate details and focus on dramatic sculptures have given rise to the macabre image of the Gothic style in the popular imagination.

However, the majesty of cathedrals such as Notre Dame and the Cologne Cathedral tell a very different story. The elegance of these magnificent works of architecture and design helped to inspire a revival of the aesthetic in the 1740s, starting in England. Drawing from medieval inspiration, wealthy aristocrats, especially in the Victorian era, enjoyed designing their homes in the neo-Gothic style. During this time, there was also a revival of the architecture, including famous works such as Westminster Palace (the site of Big Ben).

Today, examples of both the original Gothic period and the revival continue to inspire designers. The classic elegance and drama of the look can make for a beautiful home.

Elements of Modern Gothic Design

It is certainly true that Gothic interiors tend to have a dark and moody feel. However, this does not mean that your home has to feel like the set of a ghost movie. Try creating a contrast between darker elements and light, modern pieces. This can help develop a fashionable, neo-Gothic feel.

Additionally, while you should include some dark décor, natural light can be your friend. Letting the sunlight in on your Gothic interior can help make it feel elegant but welcoming. Getting the tone right can be a challenge for this style because there is a fine line between moody and creepy. However, when you get it right, the Gothic aesthetic is truly beautiful.

Gothic Interior Design Natural Light Nazmiyal

Gothic interior design includes some dark colors, but keep it modern with natural light.


Wallpaper is a must-have for a Gothic interior, being a central element of the revival period. Look for monochromatic colors with intricate designs. Elegant floral designs are perfect for this. They work especially well in rich, darker colors such as deep reds, charcoal grays or even blacks.

There is a risk of getting overly dark with too much wallpaper. So, consider adding a modern element of white or cream to balance out the dark wallpaper. Using an intricate design on an accent wall is a great way to achieve this.

Gothic Interior Design Walls Nazmiyal

Consider choosing just one accent wall with darker, Gothic wallpaper.


Furniture should be approached similarly to the walls. There are some must-have staples such as wrought iron and carved wood. Dramatic light fixtures such as chandeliers and intricate sconces add to the ambiance. Again, you can balance some of the darkness of the style by adding a few more modern furniture pieces. For example, in a bedroom, you may use a modern bed but have Gothic lighting, chairs and tables.

Gothic Interior Design Chandelier

Elements like chandeliers are right at home in Gothic interior design.

Gothic Décor Style

To help elicit the Gothic style, add some ornate decorations. Sculptures, globes and vases can all work well in this style of interior design.

If you want to be more faithful to the original aesthetic, look for pieces in rich colors with fine details. You can also modernize the look with some starker colors such as black and white. Typically, Gothic interiors have very heavy curtains. The right window dressing can bring a room together. And don’t forget wall moldings and intricate wood carvings in wall accents.

Gothic Interior Design Decor Nazmiyal

Gothic decor includes ornate pieces like globes, as well as intricately carved wood features.

The Perfect Rugs for Gothic Interior Design

If you want to find the right rug for a Gothic interior, follow the same rules as the other design elements. Rich, deep colors such as a pigmented rust red, or even blacks and greys should match with ornate, elegant Oriental designs.

In many cases, it is a good idea to buy your rug first, as it is usually one of the largest design elements of the room. If that is not possible, make sure to get it as early as possible. You can tie it into the room by reflecting the colors of the rug in pillows and other décor.

Antique and vintage oriental rugs are perfect for a faithful recreation of the Victorian Gothic style. To create a more contemporary look, the right modern rug can integrate well. The key is to match the intricate designs of the aesthetic.

The Right Rugs for Your Needs

Whether you are striving for a Gothic interior design style or any other look, you can find the perfect rug at Nazmiyal. We have a diverse selection of antique, vintage and modern rugs to choose from. If you need help, connect with our experts. We are always happy to provide guidance. Check out our collection today and find the right piece for your space.

Here are some rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection for your Gothic interior design:

Navy Background Vintage Isfahan Persian Rug Nazmiyal

Navy Background Vintage Isfahan Persian Rug

Oversized Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug Nazmiyal

Oversized Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug

Vintage Navy Color Persian Bidjar Rug Nazmiyal

Vintage Navy Color Persian Bidjar Rug

Antique Persian Mashad Amoghli Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Mashad Amoghli Rug

This interior design blog about Gothic interior design was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.

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