This is Halloween: Chic decorations for All Hallows Eve

October 16, 2015

 

Now that it's October, we get to look forward to the spooky day that is Halloween. As well as celebrating the end of the month on October 31st, you also have the opportunity to make the most of All Hallows Eve by hosting or attending a party.

Of course, you may also just wish to soak up the spooky atmosphere with a quiet night in, but whether you're having a party or keeping things low key, you need the right decorations.

Rather than kitting your home out with the usually overdone decorations, why not opt for something a bit more sophisticated? Believe it or not, you can actually make Halloween chic with minimal effort.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for fun Halloween decorations that have a designer feel:

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Simple skulls

Skulls can add a quick and easy spooky touch to any room and can be placed almost anywhere to create your desired effect.

Whether you choose a skull that looks like it's real or a more stylised version - such as a metallic gold or Mexican sugar skull - you can introduce Halloween to your home in a subtle way.

Place your skull on a table, shelf or in your window to draw the eye. You could even team a few different sizes together and highlight them further with a few candles. Just dim the lights and the flickering light will make them look even eerier while still being chic.

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Ghostly furniture

Your furniture can actually be used to add a touch of Halloween spirit to a room, especially if it has a ghostly feel to it.  

Pieces that are made out of acrylic can give the impression of invisible furniture due to the transparent nature of the material.

A great example is the Grand Illusion Table, which looks like a floating table top has been draped in a clear table cloth. What better way to serve up ghoulish Halloween drinks and treats at a party this October?

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Flickering lights

Lighting is key to creating the right atmosphere for All Hallows Eve, especially as it can instantly transform a room without the need for any other decorations.

While fairy lights are a nice touch and lamps draped with scarves can instantly make a difference, you really can't beat the flickering flames of candlelight.

Simply placing candles at different points around the room and turning the lights down or off will create a fantastic atmosphere for any Halloween celebration.

Just remember to ensure the candles can't get knocked over and that they are all blown out at the end of the night. If you are concerned about the fire hazard, you can also get fake candles that are powered by batteries.

While these aren't exactly the same, they do create a similar flickering light that is on the safer side. They'll also come in handy at Christmas, so are a good investment.  

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Dried flowers

Usually, if we buy flowers for our home it's because we want to add a burst of colour and life to a room. Why not turn this on its head and purchase dried flowers that look dead?

Placing a vase of long-stemmed dried roses in a clear vase on your ghostly table or a table draped in a dark tablecloth will instantly add a slightly unsettling edge to a room, especially if you team it with any other decorations.

Why not create a display that features the flowers, skull and candles? This will result in an alter-style feature that is sure to be eerie enough for Halloween.

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Taxidermy

If you want to go all out, you can opt to get something from one of the more unusual trends to have emerged in recent years: taxidermy.

Taxidermy animals are being used as decorations more and more, with vintage pieces being highly sought after. You could use this to your advantage by placing a taxidermy crow or raven in your home this Halloween.

You'll then be able to use it as a feature of your interior design, not to mention bring it out every All Hallows Eve in the future. 


Author

Joanna Carter

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