Holiday / How-To

Styling a Simple and Speedy Halloween Vignette

Whether you’re throwing a huge Halloween bash or simply looking to add a bit of ghoulish flair to your home, this season look to your home library for decorating inspiration.

Get started by stacking orange and black-colored books on a dining room or entry table for a traditional Halloween vignette. If you don’t have have enough books in these shades in your home library, you could check out volumes from the library, or peruse antique stores for titles. (We found these orange-and-black hardcover books from Andrea’s Etsy shop, which specializes in color-coordinated vintage books.)

For variations on a theme, try decorating exclusively with black books for a darker, more gothic look, or alternating black and silver tomes for a glam vignette. We’re also fond of the idea of using stacks of classic horror books. Look for books by H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker and H.G. Wells.

Round out your bookish Halloween vignette with florals such as orange marigolds or black sunflowers. A set of antique spectacles would also relate to the theme. For those of you decorating around horror titles, try adding props that speak to the book’s subject, such as our Etched Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkin for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Feathertop,” or a cthulhu illustration for H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Call of Cthulhu.”

For more decorating inspiration, make sure to check out all of our tips for throwing a Halloween party.


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