Dark Spirits

October 14, 2016

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October always evokes a sort of moodiness — twilight seems a little bit more striking, the nights seem a little darker, and there’s a thrilling spookiness that naturally accompanies the days leading up to Halloween. I love this time of year; there’s a spirituality and mysticism that is brought on by the folklore of All Hallows Eve, and even in modern-day society, it permeates the feeling of the season.

Many people embrace the dark moodiness of October in fashion — the summery pops of colors are gone, and people tend to embrace black and other dark colors. And just as in fashion, so as in interior design: this is the perfect moment to try out some more extreme decor and color palettes.

As the days grow longer and the air gets crisper and more full of mystery, embrace the spirit of the season through dark palettes and decor.”

I love a moody room with a rich navy or black paint and dark textural accents. To me, this kind of space is sophisticated and sumptuous, filled with a sense of spiritual and emotional purpose. Halloween decorating doesn’t have to mean kitschy pumpkins, ghosts, spiders and other “spooky” objects, and I encourage clients and friends alike to try interpreting the unearthly atmosphere of the season in a more upscale (but not high-cost) way — paint, textiles, art, accessories, etc.

So as the days grow longer and the air gets crisper and more full of mystery, embrace the spirit of the season through dark palettes and decor. There’s nothing better than settling into a sophisticated room, full of effortless depth and instant moodiness, with a fire and a loved one. It’s singular perfection during this season of spirits, ghouls and folklore.


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