Spooky & Sophisticated: A Halloween Home How-To

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October 28, 2020

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With the end of October quickly approaching, how could we not talk about Halloween?! So let’s get spooky — sophisticated spooky that is. Our team at John McClain Design believes incorporating seasonal decor with the aesthetic already present in your home is the best way to stay on trend.

To accomplish a sophisticated look add only a few Halloween colors so it gives your home a more cohesive look. Think ghost white and traditional Halloween orange, or matte black and pale green. Less is more when picking not only the colors but also the theme. We love repeating a decor theme throughout a room to maintain a festive yet elegant appeal.

A Haunted Manor

Our go-to spooky decor for any home? Go haunted. It’s an easy look to implement that can go with just about any type of home. Simply think of anything that could give your home a ghastly and antique feeling. Try layering cobwebs and sprinkling fake spiders around picture frames, furniture and other corners in which spiders are likely to dwell.

Fun Decor Finds: Skulls wrapped in vibrantly colored velvet and eery, haunted mirror clings are what spooky dreams are made of. Have your eye on a candelabra you just love? Now is the time to splurge and have it take centerstage on your dining room table!

A Vampire Masquerade

Already have a bold aesthetic? What bolder, mythical creature to center your Halloween decor around other than vampires?! The color scheme here is black and bold. Cue the dainty bat wall decor. Statement pieces in out-of-the-ordinary colors — like metallic masquerade masks or intensely colored candles — stand out and immediately set the tone for a sanguine affair. Displaying a bowl of bright red berries or bouquet of deep purple roses can introduce nature’s more mysterious elements while still integrating your color scheme.

A Witchy Wonderland

Decorate your home with all things mystical and magical to create a sophisticated chic look for Halloween. No witch’s lair is complete without a collection of poison and potion bottles enough to make an alchemist envious. Our budget-friendly recommendation is to recycle those glass bottles laying around and wrap them up with cryptic apothecary labels. Another fun halloween trend this year is glass cloches enclosed with creepy creatures and bird cages filled with black-feathered crows.

A Pumpkin Patch

If you’re going for a more traditional Halloween look complete with crisp burnt orange accents, stacks of hay and pumpkins galore, create an eye-catcher by breaking away from the norm and using white pumpkins instead of the go-to orange. Putting an unexpected modern spin on decor can really set your home apart on Halloween — and what’s more Halloween than the unexpected?! Adding golden elements, like metallic gold candles or fairy lights in soft white, is another way to bring to life the warmth of fall you’re craving.

We at John McClain Design hope we’ve given you some awesome ideas to branch off of, but most importantly that you have fun with whatever theme you choose — because that’s what Halloween decor is all about!

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Happy Halloween Designs!

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