Did you ever feel like you wanted to add a little elegance to Halloween? Imagery for Halloween can be exceedingly kitschy and so often the decor includes oodles of plastic. But for me, decorating for Halloween is based around one concept and there’s no reason it can’t be done while remaining faithful to your design sensibility.The central unifying concept is color. Black and orange is so integral to Halloween, that it almost feels impossible to use it or wear it at any other time of year. For this reason, I’ve approached my decor utilizing color as the identifying Halloween feature, while including traditional French country elements to up the taste level.Pumpkins, of course, are essential for any Halloween vignette. The Chinese lantern plants add a pop of orange and the chalkboard menu offers a touch of black. Seasonal potpourri lends spicy fragrance, as well.The plate stack is from Home Goods, topped with French wine label bowls. Copper mugs also add a chic touch, while maintaining the color feeling. Linen placemats, vintage silver flatware and crystal goblets offer refinement.
The silver candlesticks were found in a London antique market and the charcoal crystal bobeches were purchased in Mougins, France. I consider them beautiful, but here I think they convey a spooky edge.
I love the frog napkin rings from Pottery Barn. I’ve used them in the spring for a nature theme, but here they communicate an appropriately creepy elegance.The French rustic jug and orange marmalade would look lovely on a breakfast table, but when combined with the black canister, they suddenly say Halloween.
In the end, you don’t have to eliminate the conventional elements to put together a tasteful Halloween. You just need to start with a well defined design concept and build on that foundation organically. In this case, I started with black and orange and a French country sensibility, but stay tuned for my next foray, in which I’ll be using skulls and a posh outlook.
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