With Halloween creeping up on the horizon I thought it was about time to get into the spirit of the season and deliver a spell of ideas on how to conjure a haunting décor with a dash of class.
Now, subtle sophistication and happy Halloween don’t always go hand in claw I know, but when a spooky soiree just does not call for googly-eyed ghosts or colourful coffins, what exactly do you decorate with? It’s time to get creative…
Monochrome elegance is always a safe bet when it comes to creating a smart look, and Halloween lends itself to this palette perfectly.
Try spray-painting your old collection of tacky titbits for a more uniform look, like this display of cheap plastic skulls and goblets that have been piled onto a tray to make a cohesive display. Once your black paint is dry you can highlight the edges with a little white chalk or pencil to really bring out the chilling detail.
This rock collection has been sprayed in chalkboard paint and scribbled with ominous messages, before being arranged in a glass bell jar.
Glass vessels are perfect for a Halloween display, as they can be packed with mysterious specimens and potions: fill clear bottles and mason jars with water and food colouring for a murky veil in which to suspend brains (cauliflower) and eyeballs (grapes), and finish them off with bewitching labels describing their creepy contents.