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Have a homely Halloween!
Halloween is just around the corner and so comes the dilemma of whether or not to decorate your home.
It would seem that if it’s not for Christmas then the majority of us just aren’t keen on purchasing decorative pieces that we’ll only use one day out of the year.
So, before you start to strewing fake cobwebs and stringing up skeleton cut outs, why not take a look at some of the versatile ways that these decorations can be incorporated into your home all year round, not just on All Hallows’ Eve!
While it perfectly reflects the colour of the falling autumn leaves, copper also has a real antique feel to it which can help accentuate that Halloween style, especially if you’re having a more civilised get together. Why not stock your cupboard with various copper cups and serve up your own signature creepy cocktail in them!
Vibrant colour clashes and delicate pastels aren’t for everyone; bring a touch of personality to your home with dark yet quirky kitchenware. Whether you’re into matte black containers, muted grey mugs or wine-red pots and pans, these new additions are sure to make your kitchen stand out from the rest.
Branch away from the traditional white crockery sets and invest in some darker colours. Find sets in a shade that suit your abode – whether that be classic black, rustic brown, blood red or midnight blue. They’re something a little different for your dinner parties all year round, and act as a nice decorative piece on our favourite Gothic holiday.
One of the best autumn decorations can be yours for no cost at all! Why not use the beautiful fallen leaves to create your own garland which you can hang over a fireplace or strew across the dinner table? Yes, you may not want this particular piece up all year round but it can act as a centrepiece for Halloween, while adding a nice warm touch to any home during those brisk autumn and winter months!
Do you have any collectibles that could work as decorative pieces during the spooky season? Maybe you love Day of the Dead artwork or perhaps have a keen interest in the human anatomy and collect decorative skulls. POP! Vinyl figures, for example, have risen to popularity over the last few years and include adorably eerie versions of all your favourite horror movie characters including those from IT, Saw, Friday the 13th and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
If there was ever an item to accentuate that Halloween vibe, it’s a candelabra! Iron will offer that haunted house feel, while bronze has a beautiful ornate effect. On the other hand, gold (an underused colour during the spooky season), works perfectly with the traditional green hues and dark purples of Halloween.
Old antiques and relics remind us of times gone by. From dust covered books and clocks that no longer tick, to china dolls and lifeless wind-up toys. While these items are often a thing of beauty and historical appreciation, they’re also the crux of many a ghost story, acting as a portal to another world that we’ll never truly understand.
Halloween doesn’t have to be all orange and green, you know. Channel your inner Beetlejuice and decorate your home with dashes of black and white throughout! Whether you want to start small with monochrome kitchenware and a striped table runner, or go all out with an entire feature wall, you know that black and white will never go out of fashion.
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