Even if you're not a fan of the fantasy genre, chances are you've heard about HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, based on author George R.R. Martin's bestselling series of novels. Game of Thrones' second season premiered Sunday, April 1 to outstanding acclaim from fans and critics alike, solidifying the show's status as a new premium cable powerhouse. For those who don't know, the series blends political intrigue, magic, medieval swordplay and a diverse cast of characters all scheming to take control of the fictional kingdom of Westeros.
Beyond the story's twist and turns, Game of Thrones has been celebrated for its authentic set designs – often using real-life Gothic castles and medieval ruins to transport fans to its fantastic settings. While you might not be interested in transforming your own home into a stone manor, Gothic styles can bring a unique appeal to a traditionally designed house.
There are a variety of ways you can introduce this historical period into your interior spaces in a bold way that does not overshadow the more contemporary décor elements you've already selected. For instance, a rich tapestry or wall hanging featuring regal designs can easily mesh with your living room's chic arrangement. Dramatic lighting fixtures such as chandeliers are also great at shifting the mood and visual aesthetic of a dining room or social hub without altering any other piece of furniture. Many traditional chandeliers in particular feature Gothic-inspired designs characterized by dark, rusted metals like bronze or pewter.
Of course, it's important to exercise restraint when experimenting with antique accents. An area rug here or a lighting fixture there will provide an understated appeal that won't overshadow your home's contemporary furnishings. Even if you're a Game of Thrones super fan, overdoing the Gothic influence will look contrived and unappealing.