Top tricks to transform your home this Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en. Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying the ghouling season is growing fast this side of the Atlantic. And while we’re not quite yet in the same league as our American counterparts, more and more people are getting into the spirit of things and extensively decorating their homes for Hallowe’en. But what can you do to let your kitchen and bathroom join in the ghoulish goings on? Well if you’ve had your fill of fake blood, try our suggestions for more stylish spooky effects…

 

DARK IDEAS FOR DINING

If you’re hosting a Hallowe’en party next week, then your table will obviously be your kitchen’s main feature. So how can you make sure it will look spooktacular? Think dark colour place settings and a suitably creepy centrepiece (cobwebs are always a favourite). Try a natural item such as a twisted branch which also hints at the idea of a haunted wood! The image to the right shows how you can integrate candles into the wood for extra effect. Other materials which work well are steel, rusted items and anything with antique appeal.

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PERFECT PROPS

An arrangement of dried flowers can play to the deathly appeal of Hallowe’en and has the beauty element tied in with decay. Display these around windows in large quantities to create an overgrown and atmospheric effect. See our mood board above for other ideas. And don’t forget to hang up your hat and broomstick at the door!

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PLUSH PUMPKINS

Pumpkins often fail to last the test of time and the endless scraping out of the insides can seem like a bit of a chore. But fear not! Pinterest offers a quirky alternative to the endless seeds and unpleasant smell - velvet pumpkins. They’re quick and easy to make. Simply recycle the stem of a pumpkin and glue it onto a gathered ball of velvet (sewn together with stuffing inside). Long lasting and classy, the design options are endless. Try experimenting with spray paints, beading or embroidery for the ultimate personalised pumpkins.

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So Happy Hallowe’en and good luck in going ghoulish throughout your home!