Hauntingly Beautiful: Furniture and Fixtures That Are Subtly Halloween-Inspired

Hauntingly Beautiful: Furniture and Fixtures That Are Subtly Halloween-Inspired

By Kate Reggev
These pieces are the perfect mix of spooky, chic, elegant, and ethereal.

Halloween is a time of year that can be deeply inspiring for designers and design lovers alike. It's full of dark, mysterious, and enchanting colors, a rich variety of textures, and an overall vibe that screams "go wild and fun." Take a look at some pieces that speak to the enticing and almost-creepy fabrics, tones, and motifs of Halloween—no sugary candy included!

An Eerie, Velvety Fabric Furniture Collaboration

Bois Paradis is the third collaborative collection between the French furniture company Roche Bobois and Christian Lacroix Maison, and the series artfully combines luxe velvet with a dose of playfulness and mystery. The "Cueillette" print, used on the undulating sofa and chair, is one of the signatures of the collection and portrays botanical items in dark shades of green set against a black background for an enigmatic and elegant collection.

Roche Bobois' collaboration with Maison Christian Lacroix highlights the use of their "Cuillette" fabric, whose dark, dramatic colors combine elegance with a touch of mystery.

A Gravity-Defying Candleholder

The Gambalunga candleholder designed for Roll & Hill from the Amsterdam-based, Italian-born designers of Formafantasma appears to defy gravity, almost as if it were floating in the air by itself. The elegant, slim proportions of the holder do not take away from its practicality; the circular base was carefully placed so that it catches melting wax and stabilizes the piece.

Carefully balanced on its slim metal stem, the Gambalunga candleholder designed for Roll & Hill by Formafantasma seems to almost float on thin air, as if it were held in place by an invisible hand.

Wallpaper Inspired by the Dark Moodiness of Versailles

In search of something that hits the right spot in between refined, dynamic, and ethereal? Consider covering your walls—or even just an accent wall—with some of Calico Wallpaper's expertly-crafted, endlessly mesmerizing wallpapers. Their Night Collection in Slate, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, emphasizes contrast and depth, with a black background and gold and white veining that almost looks like a luxurious spider's web. 

As one of their first three original collections, the Night series from Calico Wallpapers was inspired by the colors and veining of the marble in the mysterious yet dynamic Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

Gardening With a Dark Side: Gardening Tools From Garden Glory

Who says that all gardening gear needs to be green and floral? Swedish brand Garden Glory brings a playful, edgy, and bewitching vibe to its collection of gardening and outdoor accessories. 

Acting as both garden decor and functional gardening items, the pieces from Scandinavian brand Garden Glory have a dark side to them.

Items range from colored garden hoses with brass or leopard print nozzles and claw-shaped solid brass hose holder to glam garden gloves, shovels, and watering cans.

A jewelry-inspired spade pairs a functional but elegant diamond-shaped spade with a simple, clean matte black handle.

A Startling Black Cutting Board

We're so accustomed to cutting boards made out of natural wood that the sight of a distinctive, dark cutting board is somehow mysterious and shocking. The Blackline Collection from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. utilizes a natural reactive process that brings out the tannic acid in the white oak boards, creating a unique, deep, durable, food-safe dye. Some say it's a natural process, but it's more fun to pretend that it's magic.

The distinctive dark finish of these white oak cutting boards comes from a dye developed from the tannic acid of the wood itself. Only domestic hardwoods that are sustainably harvested are used, and each hand-carved board is made to maximize material and minimize waste.

A Smoky Floating Pendant

Between its smoky clear-to-black ombre and its floating glass sphere, the Crux Pendant from Allied Maker has all the ingredients of a beautiful, effective, and mysterious light fixture. Simple and hand-blown, we love it when it's hung it in a room with light walls to emphasize the contrast in tone between the dark bell and the light orb inside.

A smoky, fading black glass bell over a circular orb of light is an evocative, moody light fixture from Allied Maker.


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