With Halloween fast approaching, there is still time to give your home a monstrous makeover without sacrificing your sense of style.
Halloween decorations don’t have to be piles of cheap plastic tat, this year’s home décor trends will allow you to create a spooky new look which will wow your guests and get you in the mood for trick or treating.
The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, has been rising in popularity in the UK over the last few years. With the release of Disney’s animated blockbuster Coco this year, it remains a hot home décor trend for Halloween 2018. Think colourful sugar skulls, cut-out paper bunting in bright purple, pinks, oranges and greens and plenty of red roses.
If an orange and black colour scheme isn’t really your scene, why not embrace glitzy gold instead. Gold and black Halloween decorations will keep your home looking glamorous as well as ghoulish. Spray paint skulls, bird cages and pumpkins gold and add glitter if you want extra sparkle. Painted black pumpkins also look extremely effective. If you want your black pumpkins to still have a jack-o-lantern design, add a face using masking tape before you paint it and remove the tape for a striking look. You could also add strings of golden sequins to a black pumpkin to create a spider web design.
Your fireplace and mantelpiece is the perfect location for a creepy centrepiece in your home. Replace your usual ornaments with bats, spider webs and Halloween-themed bunting. For a more minimalist look, place small pumpkins along your mantelpiece and fill your fireplace with larger ones. Spray paint half of the large pumpkins white to create an eye-catching contrast.
Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re now a popular decoration for Halloween as well. Hanging a wreath on your door is a good way of making it clear that you are welcoming trick or treaters and it helps set the tone for the rest of your house. If you don’t want to buy one, you can easily make your own by buying a base wreath to decorate. Ideas include covering the base in orange and black ribbons, wrapping the wreath in bandages and adding googly eyes to look like a mummy or you could buy a rustic twig wreath and add felt bat shapes. You could even get the kids involved sticking googly eyes onto ping pong balls and cover a cardboard base with eerie eyeballs.
If you want to give your Halloween decorations a modern twist, you might want to consider getting rid of the pumpkins altogether. Making tropical-themed jack-o-lanterns by carving pineapples is a new craze from the United States which has been taking social media by storm. The fruit’s spiky leaves make a great funky hairdo and the oval shape lends itself well to funny faces. Cut off the top couple of inches leaving the leaves intact to make your lid. Then scoop out the flesh before drying it out using paper towels. Pineapples are tricky to draw designs on so use the spikes as a guide when carving.