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The aptly named Orchestra collection is a symphony of stunning styles. With patterns ranging from winter flower motifs to crests to ornate honeycomb-like repeats and each pattern coming in an extensive list of colour combinations you really are spoiled for choice.

Though certainly a broad ranging collection, it doesn’t lack cohesion, colours are generally more sombre than in other schemes with deep burgundy, cool olive and putty providing the base colours for many of the shades and there is definitely a somewhat medieval/ecclesiastical feel to all of the designs.

A gothic interior could definitely make best use of the Orchestra range as the origins of classic Gothic interior design date back to the Middle Ages when architectural styles were dominated by ecclesiastical influences, especially Christian cathedrals.

The Victorian Gothic and Gothic Revival styles are still used in building modern homes and for decorating interior spaces. The most important elements to include are architectural features like pointed arches, fireplaces, stained glass, and wooden ceiling beams. Floors in a Gothic home are typically a hard surface like stone, tile, or dark stained hardwood. Add some cushy rugs in deep tones for a cosier feel in your castle-like retreat.

Although Gothic architecture has its roots in the grand religious structures of Europe, it can also be seen in universities, castles, civic buildings and private residences. The dramatic designs of buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, have distinctive elements that still endure today. These include the pointed arch used on windows and doorways, tracery, clustered columns, ribbed vaulting, and flying buttresses.

Architects of the medieval age used innovative building techniques which resulted in slender masonry walls able to support expansive, decorative glass windows along with intricate stone tracery. These new cathedral designs created bright and open structures with ever soaring spires on the outside. Colourful stained glass windows were prominent in the churches along with remarkable sculptures of gargoyles and religious icons.

Echo these rich hues with dramatic wall colours like ochre, violet, red, black, gold, and hunter green. The medieval vibe can be further enhanced with wood panelling or decorative paint treatments such as murals, stencilled heraldic designs, or trompe-l’oeil illusions of stone walls. The addition of sumptuous wall tapestries and velvet window treatments will help create the magical atmosphere found in Gothic interior design.

Furniture pieces should be heavy and solid wood for the best effect, but their design can be elaborately carved or more simplistic in nature. Modern reproductions of Gothic Revival oak furniture will make an impressive statement. Look for furniture pieces with turned legs, arched designs, carved details, and plush upholstery. Accessories in Gothic interior design can include some essentials characteristic of the style like candles, wrought iron pieces, statuary, gargoyles, and crosses.

Being such a dramatic and spatially overwhelming approach to design, Gothic architecture is not for the faint hearted, it takes bravery and full-on commitment to successfully pull off this famous style but for the same reasons it is also fun and rewarding and a real statement amongst the slew of magnolia yawn fests!

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