CREEPY Chic halloween decor
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays around here in the Lowe household. When it comes to our Halloween decor, my style tends to lean towards creepy mixed with chic. This is a look that blends well with our home and our style. This means taking cues from our home’s current look and color pallet when selecting and mixing in Halloween decor for a creepy but chic look.
When tackling Halloween decor for fall in our home I like a more subtle nod to the season. I want guests that come into our home to feel the creepy, seasonal change first more so before they see it.
Typically, I choose Halloween as the holiday to drawl influence from rather than Thanksgiving. I am drawn more to the moody colors associated with this holiday when it comes to our decor. Blacks, dark greens, and aubergine are some of my favs. These colors work well with our style and are easy to incorporate into our home. I think this is important when trying to keep the design seasonal but chic.
Infusing the creepy
When drawing influence from Halloween for our decor, I lean more towards the creepy aspects of the holiday rather than the blood and gore. Think curiosities. Spiders and cobwebs, skulls and old bones, medicinal looking bottles from apothecaries, etc. All of these items are inherently creepy on their own. They make it easy to envoke that creepiness feel without much effort.
I also love bringing things from nature in and decorating with pumpkins and gourds. Rather than grabbing the traditional orange pumpkins for inside, I keep our home’s color pallet in mind.
Black and dark green gourds are perfect for decorating with. The moody colors help to easily infuse that creepy, eery, vibe we are looking for. The bumpier and more irregular and filled with worts they are the better. It only adds to the spook factor we are trying to create.
Cobwebs are also a great way to bring in that creepy feel. They evoke feelings of neglect and decay. Even without a spider present, your mind is instantly looking for the culprit. And if you are like me, most likely making you cringe.
Keeping it chic
One of the keys to keeping the design chic is the effortlessness of incorporating seasonal decor in with your home’s current decor and style. Adding little touches here and there that enhance your everyday decor so that it all reads like one story is the goal.
Another way I keep the design chic is through the color pallet I use. Black, dark green, and aubergine are colors that tend to read more sophisticated and stylish when used together. They are also colors that we have infused throughout our home and therefore are easy to incorporate.
Black and dark green gourds are perfect for mixing in with your home’s decor. These are colors that generally will work with various color pallets. This makes it easy to incorporate them seamlessly into displays.
Swapping out summer flower bouquets for ones in a more moody color pallet help to set the tone. Adding in these skeleton hands to hold the flower vase and the key dish bring just a touch of creepiness in without losing any of the style achieved with the accessories in our everyday display.
Orange is not a color we typically use in our home. Trying to use this color indoors would not be as successful in creating the seamless, creepy chic look we are after.
I generally reserve this color for our porch outside though. It gives me an opportunity to play with the more traditional fall color pallet and create a completely different look. I especially love it mixed with a grouping of mums.
A little bit of Halloween decor goes a long way
It doesn’t take much to set the scene and infuse the season into your home. When looking to create a look that evokes creepiness but is also chic, remember to keep in mind the decor you are using and the way in which you are using it.
Below is a list of items that I drawl from every year when decorating for fall and Halloween. The final key to successfully creating a look that is creepy and chic is mixing things that are seasonal with your current everyday items.
- Spiders and cobwebs
- Skulls and bones
- Silver or brass bowls and candle sticks
- Dark, moody flowers. Fresh or dried
- Black and dark green pumpkins and gourds
- Old books in our moody color pallet
Use all of the above throughout your home in various combinations to create little seasonal vignettes. Or use just a handful of my go-to items in larger groupings for bigger impact in spaces that can handle it. Like dining room tables for instance.
Doing this will allow you to bring the creepy factor and at the same time keep your design chic and stay true to your personal style in your home.