It’s all well and good to have a modern home with clean lines and vibrant colors, but what if your home decor preference is of an alternative flavor? Just because you’re an adult and have responsibilities, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun decorating your home. While it may seem a little on the darker side of interior design, skull home decor can actually be a great theme throughout your house, creating visual interest wherever you look.
If you’ve already picked up a skull or two here or there because it suits your fancy, and you have no idea where to put it, don’t fret. We all pick up fun gothic knick knacks or interesting original artwork throughout our lives; it reminded us of home, or just seems to flow with our overall personalities, but, what do you do with your home accessories once you’ve purchased them?
1. Create a Color Pallet
When selecting skulls for your home, you should pick a color pallet that works well with your existing décor. Despite the common misconception, skulls don’t always have to fall in the white or off-white color chart; in fact, you can find them in almost any color that you can think of. Especially when you’re looking for colorful skull artwork or sculptures.
2. Choose Different Sizes.
Adding skulls of different sizes and shapes will help to create visual interest. While it may be tempting to ensure that they all conform to one size or another, that’s only going to create uniformity and not interest when you look at the room.
You can add texture by choosing several different types of skull décor. Add a painting or two with a printed throw blanket and pillows, or add in a statue.
When accessorizing your home with skulls, it’s easy to overdo the focal point. Pick one or two major skull items per room and work from there to create a flow throughout the space.
4. Curtains or Drapes
Bear in mind that you’re going to want to make sure you pick out coordinating drapes. If you have more than one window, try mixing it up with a skull print shower curtain on the internal half of your window with a solid drape on the outside.
Disney's Caribean Resort uses an internal curtain for decor.
5. Area Rugs
Area rugs come in different shapes and sizes; you may even consider getting a couple for two rooms to tie them together in a cohesive way. This is, of course, great for open-concept homes that may have the living room, kitchen, and dining areas conjoined.
6. Paintings or Framed Prints
The sky is the limit with paintings and prints; this is where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck with skull décor. You can find skull prints and original artwork in a variety of colors and styles. Even using a skull picture frame can add a unique touch to a classic decor option.
7. Skull Geodes
Skull Geodes are a great way to tie in skulls with an ornate but natural beauty. While they can be difficult to find locally, they can be found online with ease.
8. Skull Sculptures or Busts
As with any other decorative subject, skulls can be found as ornate sculptures or busts that add visual interest to a room. While it’s completely possible to go cheap with this, it’s always better to go for quality over quantity.
9. Taxidermy Quality Skulls
Real skulls aren’t always going to suit everyone, while they definitely add a vintage look to a room; it’s possible to get your hands on a high-quality replica if you’d prefer not to use the real deal.
10. Throw Blankets or Pillows
Throw blankets and pillows with skull patterns offer comfort and a little extra style when you select a bold print.
Find a variety of skull inspired home decor pieces here
11. Wall Decals
Wall decals are becoming increasingly popular throughout the years.
Clocks aren’t just a great way to tell time anymore; they’re a great conversational piece. You can find skull themed clocks just about anywhere to spice up the room with functional décor.
Flowers tend to be a staple with most home accessories, but that doesn’t mean that they have to reside in a plain old boring vase. Skull themed vases can add a little bit of a hard edge to a soft decoration.
The sound of running water can be extremely relaxing, but that doesn’t mean that you have to have a boring fountain. There are plenty of skull themed options to match your room.
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15. Lamp Shades
You can turn an ordinary lamp into something visually appealing with a skull lamp shade.
As you can see, there are many different home accessories that can conform to your desire to decorate with skulls. All of these can be combined with ease, to create a visual interest that can be turned into a horror theme or even a romantic Victorian motif, depending on the color pallet that you have chosen for the room.
When handling real skulls for decoration, however, you’re going to want to ensure that they’re properly displayed. Purchasing a shadow box with glass protecting the skull is absolutely necessary unless it’s been purchased as a set. With these shadow boxes you can also include internal lighting to spotlight your showcase. However, if you’re uncomfortable with using a real skull, a high-quality replica will help to give the same dramatic effect.
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