Halloween, it's a case of love it or hate it. For those of you who are a fan of the ghouling season there may be certain areas of your home that halt the creative ideas. Your bathroom, a kitchen? Where would you even begin on the transformation?
In these areas it is merely a case of dressing your room as opposed to installing some permanent fixtures (unless that is your preference). We suggest the addition of accessories and it doesn't have to be all blood and gore. Halloween can be represented in a quirky manner - steampunk and taxidermy culture can be interpreted in your home to allow for the use of Halloween decorations for more than just a weekend. Think of it as Christmas, the October edition.
Bathrooms - taxidermy & collectibles, candles, themes, lighting and room dressing. We pick our favourite ideas on items which can be re-purposed within your home and new items which can be bottom at rock bottom prices.
I'M WATCHING YOU...
They have a hint of creepiness, quirk and also cuteness - the eyeball rose. And the beauty of it? They take a whole two seconds to craft, simply search for 'taxidermy eyes' online or if you are brave enough pop the eyes out of a child's doll (preferably one that's no longer in use). After this we would say to add a dab of glue on the back and place front and centre. For full effect make sure the flower petals are cradling round the edges to make it truly look like they belong where they are. The benefit of these flowers means traditional decorating can take place with minimal effort for change.
Continue the antique theme in the form of curio items - which have the perfect trinket appeal for this holiday. Easily found online, in charity shops and at car boot sales with prices beginning at just 10p. Source yourself an old cabinet and fill it up with the sort of items that would seem homely on a Harry Potter set. Ointment or perfume bottles, antique jewellery, taxidermy, feathers, the list goes on.. the theory is the more overcrowded the better.
A simple change in lighting can have all the Halloween appeal you need. As well as the traditional pumpkin carving, the addition of tea lights, long candles or and oil lamp can be really effective. Want to take on the whole house? change the colour of your bulbs to orange for a warmly autumnal glow. If you are looking for alternatives to displaying your candles opt for the use of ladles (rusty metal is ideal), bottles (to allow for a drip effect) or glass jars (these can be filled with leaves/ artwork/ whatever takes your fancy).
Kitchens - candles, room dressing, dark dining sets and props. Again we picked our favourite ideas on items which can be re-purposed within your home and new items.
If you are playing host to a Halloween party next week then it may be of no surprise your table will be the feature in your kitchen .. complete with ghostly treats. But how would you ensure your table display does not fall short of the mark? Think dark colour place settings, a centre piece (cobwebs are always a favourite) and why not add in a natural appeal iteam such as a twisted branch. The image to the right shows perfectly the way in which candles can be integrated in to the wood. Other materials to think of are steel, rusted items and anything with antique appeal.
An arrangement of dried flowers can play to the deathly appeal of the holiday and has the beauty element tied in with decay. Display these around windows in a large quantity to create an overgrown aesthetic. Other ideas (as shown in our mood board above) hang up your hat and broomstick at the door.
THE ALTERNATIVE PUMPKIN
Pumpkins often fail to last the test of time, so Pinterest offers the classy alternative - velvet pumpkins. Easily made simply recycle the stem of a pumpkin and attach to a gathered ball of velvet (sewn together with stuffing inside and from this glue on the stem. Long lasting and classy, the design options are endless, why not experiment with spraypaints, beading or embroidery?
With all that being said, we hope that you now have enough ideas to go on for the Halloween season and that this year will be your best one yet in terms of decorations.