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Halloween Decor Isn’t Supposed to be Cute

I’m not a fan of cutsie holiday decorations.

Like, not at all.

I don’t mean to offend, and if cutsie is your thing?  Well… more power to you.

I lean more towards a simple, and sometimes literal, incarnation of holiday decor.  Something that uses color and style to set the mood.  And for me, the mood of Halloween is definitely dark and brooding.   So today’s T&T is all about my style of Halloween decor.   Here are five simple ways to set the brooding mood in your home.

1. Simple Silhouettes

Like my father-in-law always says “Keep It Simple, Stupid”.  

I love the use of a simple shadow form to create impact that’s clean and modern.  

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2. Embrace Your Inner Goth

Think black.  Think moody.  Think dark and broody (Yes, I totally made that rhyme).  Black, deep purple, mossy green, and every shade of gray work here.  Halloween is all about the darker side of things, so don’t be afraid to take it literally and decorate like you’re in Sleepy Hollow. 

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3. Channel the Haunted Mansion

Okay, I agree it’s not very practical for the everyday (Maybe for you it is…).   But it’s fun and would be just fabulous for a Halloween shindig.  I love the idea of channeling the ancient, old, decrepit – in a very chic way, of course.   Think sheets over furniture, cobwebs, cracks and dust – but in a figurative way.

Unless you want an excuse to not clean your house….

In that case, take it literally.

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4. Stick To The Basics:  Sculls, Pumpkins, and… Flowers

If you’re really not into going all out for Halloween (Seriously, no judgement.), it’s easy to get the feel for the holiday, and the season, without feel like the Halloween fairy threw up ghosts and cobwebs all over your house.  Just stick to using three simple pieces (either together or alone):  Sculls, Pumpkins, and Flowers.  Yes.  Flowers.  

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5. Have Some Fun

Okay, I’m not trying to say that Halloween decor has to be all “serious” and what not.  It is Halloween, so take advantage.  It’s okay to be a little bit cheeky.  In fact, that’s what makes this holiday so much fun! 

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(Take a note from Julia at Cuckoo 4 Design.  Studded pumpkins?  Awesome!)

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Happy Halloween decorating…

Tiina

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. cuckoo4design #

    Hi Tina and thank you so much for your shout out.

    October 10, 2013
    • Just keep those great ideas coming, Julia! 😉

      T

      October 10, 2013
  2. Meredith #

    Great ideas! I love the black bird silhouettes and the white sheets on furniture. Simple but really does set the mood.

    October 10, 2013
    • I totally agree, Meredith! Sometimes simple really makes an impact.

      T

      October 10, 2013
  3. Preach! Couldn’t agree more about anti-cutesy. I am kind of digging the sheets over the furniture, practical yet sticking with the theme….

    Surrounded by Pretty

    October 10, 2013
    • It a great option that’s low maintenance….just my style! Haha!

      T

      October 10, 2013
  4. I wish I had stairs so I could buy that shadow! Awesome ideas! Halloween is my favorite holiday so I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing.

    October 14, 2013
    • You’re welcome, Bekah. I love those stair shadows, too, but don’t have stairs in my house either. (Sigh) Here’s to wishing… 😉

      T

      October 14, 2013

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