This year I’ve scratched the traditional Halloween decor to opt for a more neutral color scheme that’s inspired by a dark, mysterious author. Edgar Allan Poe, one of the founding authors of horror, terrified audiences worldwide with his works: The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death.
Not only does this neutral theme compliment my current style, but I can reuse a few key accessories already in the room to complete the look. The decor is mostly limited to our entryway, living room and eat-in kitchen, since those are the main areas of the home where we spend most of our time.
I’m loving the way it turned out! Our fireplace mantle, shelving unit and other tabletop surfaces have a mixture of old and new Halloween decor displayed in various neutrals, textures to create a dimensional masterpiece Poe would be proud of.
Go through your Halloween decor to determine what can be used to create this neutral look. Many of the items that I already had from Halloween past were orange, so I used white and matte black spray paint to change the color of pumpkins, lanterns and skulls to highlight this color scheme.
I find having random decor pieces on tabletop surfaces with no rhythm or reason doesn’t really create a seamless flow for the eye to full intake what it’s seeing. When you anchor the decor together than your eye sees the entire group, rather than each individual piece. So, how do you do this? For Halloween, I start off decorating each area using either spider webbing, lace runners, or gauze swags — this acts as a base for the other decor to rest on and begins to group items together.
Once you have a base to anchor the decor, next you want to group items together by using varying heights. You should use small, medium and large pieces combined to create a cohesive look. Not to mention, you should make sure the items are to scale with one another. Here’s an example, I had originally ordered a 3-foot skeleton from Target to sit next to the typewriter, but the skeleton looked too small (basically the same size as the typewriter) and the set-up didn’t look quite right. So, I exchanged the skeleton for the larger 5-foot skeleton, which sets scene and makes the skeleton the focal point since it’s the largest piece in the display.
Speaking of displays, often times I will use old cameras, video cameras, lanterns and typewriters in my decor throughout my living room. It’s just some items I like to collect, but I thought rather than put them away for Halloween, why not use them with this theme? I find using antiques deepens the story or theme you’re trying to promote. Poe was an author in the 1800s, these types of antiques could’ve been found in his home to record his life and thoughts, so it makes sense that they’re used in recreating this theme.
While I did use a lot of white, cream and black — I also highlighted gold and silver objects in my decor to enhance the neutral color scheme and introduce some glitz to Poe’s otherwise macabre tales.
When I’m looking for holiday decor pieces, I keep in mind my budget and while I browse Pottery Barn, Grand In Rod and West Elm. I purchase look-a-likes from stores like, Michael’s, Target, HomeGoods and Wayfair.Want to mimic this look?
(Scroll through the Halloween decorations or click the links below)
Happy Halloween Rectangular Rug | Studded Pumpkin | Skeleton Jester | Levtex Pumpkin Pillow | Glass Apothecary Light-Up Garland | 6 Piece Metal Lantern Set | Enter If You Dare Glow Light Sign | Pick Your Poison Chalkboard | Galvanized Jack Rectangle Lantern| Black Feather and Skull Wreath | Life-Size Skeleton |Black Iron Candelabra |39″ Skeleton Cobra | Crow Coir Doormat | Eat Drink and Be Scary | Haunted Crow Pillow |Glass Skull Ornaments | Creep It Real Pillow | Glass Pumpkin Candy Jar | Haunt It Pillow | Alligator Skull | Witch’s Cottage Wall Art |Studded Pumpkin Large Black | Boo Garland |French Bulldog Skeleton |Black Cat Chair Decor |Lace Pumpkin Large Purple | Skull & Crow in Cloche |Skull & Vine Pasta Bowl | Haunted Halloween Village | Spider Web Lace Table Runner Black | Yoga Skeleton | Cloche Decoration Large | Witch’s Spell Book | Bat 16-Inch Square Throw Pillow | “Trick or Treat” Framed Wall Art | Raven Decanter | Bejeweled Skull | Trick Or Treat Banner | Boo Carved Wood Sign | Skeleton Decoration | Velvet Pumpkin | Skull Globe Decoration | 2-Pack Dish Towels | A Little Party 2-Pack Dish Towels | Stemless Wine Glasses | Skull Velvet Accent Pillow | Pumpkin Jar | Beware Accent Pillow |Halloween Slate Tray