13 Halloween Decor Ideas For Your Home That Aren't Scarily Tacky

This sideboard from Danetti inspired the cool colour scheme for this display
This sideboard from Danetti inspired the cool colour scheme for this display
Photo of Charlotte Luxford
Architecture & Design Editor25 September 2017

While Halloween might be more ghoul than glamour, we’ve ditched the plastic pumpkins and faux cobwebs for home decor ideas that are more noir than naff. Here are our top tricks and design treats to make sure your Halloween interior is scarily stylish…

Pick the perfect party ware

Glam up your Halloween party with stylish matching tableware – think more themed cocktails and a tasteful monochrome scheme with touches of gold rather than the traditional bright orange.

Trick Or Treat Ginger Ray Halloween Range

Make a good first impression

Invest in a stylish wreath that you can bring out for many more Halloweens to come. This one is made of natural pumkin, leather leaf and moss, which could also be left on display until you put your obligatory Christmas wreath on the door due to its lovely autumnal feel.

Halloween Pumpkin Wreath by Pippa Designs

Go gothic

Rockett St George has a great range of products to create a glamourous display with a gothic edge. Taxidermy is a hot trend right now, and ‘Mortimer‘ the faux crow will add instant eeriness to your Halloween interior. Team with dramatic black candlesticks and a trail of ivy for a derelict haunted house feel.

Rockett St George has a range of decorative accessories for Halloween

Serve it up in style

If you’re planning on hosting a dinner party strictly for adults, keep it sophisticated with a simple monochrome scheme that ‘hints’ at Halloween rather than opting for a full-blown orange-and-black theme. Black cutlery and glassware gives it a modern edge, while white-painted pumpkins and a hessian table runner add a rustic autumnal charm.

A contemporary classic dinner table setting keeps things classy

Put up a feature wall

This super-realistic Spiders Web wall sticker from PIXERS is a clever way of incorporating the Halloween theme that can easily be removed, plus it’s reusable for next year.

A wall sticker is a fun way to add a Halloween theme for the night

Add some colour

Halloween-themed interiors don’t have to stick to the obvious scheme of orange and black – pick up on an accent piece of furniture or a bold print in the room and create a colourful display based on that hue.

This sideboard from Danetti inspired the cool colour scheme for this display

Get crafty with what you have

If you don’t have a lot of cash to spend, get creative with what you’ve already got in the house. Here, scraps of lace have been dipped in dye and wrapped around white candles, while bats have been cut out of black card.

A simple monochrome display is made from handmade creations

Opt for Scandi simplicity

This simple scheme mixes up cool Scandinavian home accessories with a single pumpkin and autumnal foliage for a modern, clean look. The homeowner also drilled holes into the pumpkin to cast an interesting light around the room in the evening.

A photo posted by Orlando Soria (@mrorlandosoria) on

Create a creepy centerpiece

Get into the ghoulish spirit by using a skull rather than a standard vase to create a moody floral display. Use flowers like black dahlias and lilies for your slightly macabre arrangement.

This table decoration is the perfect inspiration | © Honestly Yum

Dress your mantlepiece

A quick way to whip up a Halloween display is to focus on your fireplace – some cute bunting, painted pumpkins and hand-drawn signs are easy to do and are a great way to get the kids involved.

This elegant scheme was created by Rebecca from Crafted Sparrow

Gruesome goods

Package up your homemade autumn jams, chutneys and sauces with these fun free printable labels that will definitely be a conversation starter at the dinner table.

Print off these fun labels to jazz up your condiments

Paint your pumpkin

Rather than carve your pumpkin, save mess and time by giving it a modern twist and painting a decorative pattern on it instead. Tie it into the existing colour scheme in your room for a sophisticated look.

Recreate Amy of Homey’s decorative pumpkins by following her instructions on homeyohmy.com | © Homey

Hang up scary artwork

A smart way to create a creepy interior is with eerie art or photos. One cool idea is to print out black and white pictures and hang them in a series of embroidery hoops, which can then be swapped out for other less ghoulish subjects later.

Download free Halloween images from The Graphics Fairy

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