Designing A Black Gothic Kitchen Design
Designing a black Gothic kitchen design requires a creative vision. There is no “Bed, Bath and Goth” store to purchase furnishings specific to a Gothic kitchen. Gothic decor is often made of dark wood or metal, and looks like it would fit right into a building from medieval times.
Thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales offer chances of finding decor to round out a black Gothic kitchen design once you have the color scheme and larger kitchen elements in place.
Dark Decor – The most important, or at least the most noticeable, element of a Gothic kitchen, or any room for that matter, is the dark decor. Wall colors such as dark purple, black and darkened shades of red suited to a Gothic kitchen. Cabinets, if you have them, could be painted black or dark and have heavy, medieval style hardware and hinges. If the room has curtains, heavy, dark curtains or even velvet curtains fit the Gothic kitchen theme. Stone walls, or walls faux finished to look like stone or even castle blocks, are also at home in a Gothic kitchen. Dark throne-style chairs can be used if dining is also done in the kitchen.
Beams and Rustic Wood – Beams and rustic dark wood furnishings and shelving belong in a Gothic kitchen. A shelf could be made out of old beams or railroad ties, finished with black-painted, vintage-style hardware, or they can be hung from black chains. A primitive wood table which appears darkened from age would look at home in your Gothic kitchen as well. Exposed wood such as on door frames or window sills, could be rubbed with a dark glaze to give them an aged look when the existing wood is light in color.
Stained Glass – Spots of stained glass create visual pop in a Gothic room. Reclaimed stained glass windows, such as those found in dining rooms and above windows of homes 100 years ago, are propped or placed in front of existing windows, allowing light to shine through, creating a classic Gothic atmosphere. Arched stained-glass pieces, similar to church-style windows, are true to the Gothic look. Other elements featuring similar arch shapes — whether as furniture or accessories, tie the look together.
Outdoor Elements – Gargoyles similar to the types found on old buildings bring a bit of the macabre to any decor. Miniature versions of these are available at garden and lawn ornament stores. These creatures can keep watch over the room, perched from shelves or atop the kitchen cabinets. Vintage creatures and plaster or cement creations that have moss or a bit of weathering and age create suitable Gothic accessories.
If you think of a castle when looking at your kitchen decor, you’ve done a good job creating a black Gothic kitchen design.