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Cemetery Gothic

The Look
cemetery door

Ever want to live in a graveyard? The grave's a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace.

If crumbling stonework and tattered shrouds appeal to you, there are many things you can do to make your home resemble the inside of a crypt.


Crumbling, decrepit, tattered, torn.


There aren't too many colors in a cemetery, so the palette here is limited to black, shades of grey, and touches of white. Dried-blood red and faded dark purples seem appropriately evocative.


Softly worn velvets, shredded gauze, and tattered lace mix with rough crumbling stone. Nothing slick or smooth would be left in the boneyard.

Musical Background

This is a pretty darn cliché Gothic setting, so any gothic music would be appropriate. If you wish to indulge the mood, try something terribly dirgey like Christian Death or ultra-mournful like Joy Division.

You Might See...

Gargoyles, stone or iron candleholders, grave markers, rosaries draped hither and yon, coffin-shaped boxes, ratty gauze or lace curtains, jagged lace scarves on dressers and tables, religious figurines, a coffin.

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