The Gothic period is a popular choice for interior designers.  It’s initial period dates back to 1150 through 1550, but there was a major Gothic revival in the 19th centuries, as Gothic design elements were popular with the Victorians. Gothic design was strongly influenced by Roman and Medieval architecture.  The style has a religious, symbolic base.  If you want to achieve a Gothic look in your home, think back to old, historic churches with ornate spires, pointed arches, trefoil and rose designs, stained glass, and exposed wooden beams. Light in Gothic Design While most people think of dark and gloomy buildings when they think of Gothic design, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  During the Gothic period, windows got bigger and bigger, and Gothic churches got brighter and more airy, moving away from the gloomy, dull buildings of the Romanesque era. Mirrors began to get larger as glass production techniques improved, allowing people to afford grand mirrors in ornate frames. Gothic Homes Gothic homes had a fairly distinctive appearance, and it would be fairly hard to replicate the exterior on a modern home, but a bold period 4 panel oak door would go a long way towards setting the theme for a Gothic interior design. Do note, however, if you’re renovating a genuine Gothic home, that most modern “Gothic-style” doors are simply inspired by that period, and are not faithful replicas of the doors that were actually used during the 19th century Gothic revival. Gothic Furniture Furniture used during the Gothic period was large, imposing, oak furniture with Gothic motifs.  Gothic furniture was sturdy and well made, and featured arches, spiral turned legs, and large cushions upholstered with rich fabric, in dark colours.  Many homes made use of church-style pews and benches to complete the Gothic appearance. If you’re looking to replicate the look in your own home, then you can acquire Victorian era Gothic reproduction furniture, or items from the Arts and Crafts era, to achieve a similar look.  The furniture will not be quite as imposing, but it should feature similar motifs, and will work well as a substitute.  Remember that light is important so use mirrors to guide sunlight around your home, look for architectural shapes with ornate detail, gold leaf is a must! Try to find the best quality items possible – the size of the furniture doesn’t matter too much if you can find luxurious, sophisticated furniture with the appropriate motifs. You can augment the look with rich and dark carpets, heavily patterned wallpaper (preferably with flowers or leaves as the pattern), and stenciled border designs. Cheap oak skirting boards painted in a bold colour will add to the design, and steer the eye to the right places in the room. Finishing Touches The final touch, of course, comes in the ornaments and decorations.  If you’re making a truly period themed room (perhaps for a Halloween party), then you could make faux stained glass windows with period style images on it.  The room itself can be decorated with large pewter or wrought iron candle sticks, and lots of heraldic images. The over-riding theme of the Gothic era is “imposing” – it would be hard to over-do Gothic decoration, especially if you stay faithful to the Roman and Medieval influences.  The Gothic period was full of elaborate designs and imposing furnishings, and as long as the decorations you choose match in colour and motifs, they will go well together.     .