You may be a Muggle, but you can still bring a bit of the wizarding world into your home. I’ve got a few Harry Potter interior design ideas just for you!
If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’re well aware that we are no strangers to movies. Actually, quite frequently we like to show you how to decorate your home like your favorite movies. Mary Beth has written a series about Disney decor and Julie has showed you how to decorate your home like your favorite Avenger. I figured it was about time for me to write my own take on this topic. So naturally, I’m going to write about Harry Potter.
I love Harry Potter. I have from the moment I read the first book way back in elementary school. What can I say? I grew up with Harry Potter. So to me, the story will never be over. (Thankfully, apparently JK Rowling agrees and has given us things like The Cursed Child and the new Fantastic Beasts series. But that’s a whole other topic.) I love the movie adaptations of this bestselling book series. So much of it is exactly how I imagined things to be while I was reading. Everything about Hogwarts is perfect. And who doesn’t love the Burrow? There’s just something so very Weasley about it. Most of the sets are exactly how I imagined. Perfect in every detail. However, until reading Mary Beth’s and Julie’s posts, I’d never thought about the design styles in each set. But now that I have read them, they got me thinking. So naturally I did some research on Harry Potter interior design. Now you can share in it with me!
If you’re bothering to continue reading, I assume you’ve at least seen or read one of the Harry Potter stories. That being the case, you should know that Hogwarts is a school run out of a very old castle. What I never thought about were the Gothic elements in the castle. Just look at the architecture of the place! The arches, doorways, and statues all scream Gothic. I just wasn’t listening before.
While I can’t show you how to make your staircase move like the famous Hogwarts stairs or create your own Room of Requirement, I am going to show you just a little bit of Harry Potter inspired decor from Hogwarts. As much as I’d love to show you how to make your own Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs, there’s plenty of that already on the internet!
Via Shanty 2 Chic
Of all the Hogwarts rooms, I think the Great Hall is the most iconic. But have you ever taken the time to really look at it? What’s the first thing that you see? I don’t know about you, but I see those amazing tables. While the tables in the Great Hall were certainly created before “farmhouse” decor was popularized by Chip & Joanna Gaines, you can use that style to mimic the look of these farmhouse tables. The devil’s in the details of course. What makes one table Gothic while the other farmhouse is in the detailing of the design. The farmhouse legs are much more straight and simple, whereas the Gothic legs in the Great Hall have a bit more intricacy to them. No matter what style you choose to use when making/buying your version of the Hogwarts dining room tables, just be sure to have bench seating… unless you’re going to be eating at the head table with Dumbledore, of course!
While you’re decorating your version of the Great Hall, you might as well add the floating candles! That would certainly take your Harry Potter home decor to the next level!
I frequently joke with my aunt by telling her that her living room looks like the Gryffindor common room. Her room is decorated in scarlet and gold! I tried to warn her before she did it, but she just didn’t listen. It makes me want to wear my Harry Potter memorabilia every time I visit.
Oddly enough though, her room doesn’t really look like the Gryffindor Common Room. Her living room may use the Gryffindor colors, but it is far too contemporary for the Hogwarts style. And let’s be honest. There’s nothing contemporary about the Gryffindor Common Room.
The best way I know to describe the Gryffindor Common Room is medieval, but comfortable. It has some of the details of the Gothic castle, but is much cozier than the rest of the castle. After decades upon decades of teenagers hanging out in the Common Room, how could it not be comfortable?
If you want to decorate your living room to match the Gryffindor Common Room, you’re definitely going to need some comfy chairs. Hogwarts furniture certainly does not look like it was purchased in the last few decades. While your room doesn’t have to be in Gryffindor colors, I would suggest keeping to a warm, but slightly neutral palette. There weren’t a lot of vibrant colors back when the common room was decorated, so your room shouldn’t have a lot either. Try incorporating lots of textures through rugs, tapestries, and furniture. Natural elements such as stone, wood, and leather will be your friends.
Via L.A. Weekly
Much of the Hogwarts interior is very Gothic in style, and Dumbledore’s office is one of my favorite rooms at Hogwarts. Why? Because it adds elements of steampunk decor!
I don’t expect you to be able to change the architecture of your home. It would be rather difficult (and expensive) to change a traditional style home into a Gothic home. It just simply would not be worth your time and money. However! You can implement elements of Dumbledore’s office into your decor. Mainly the bookshelves and steampunk style. Just look at the chandelier in the image above. Does it or does it not look exactly like it was plucked from Professor Dumbledore’s office?
There are lots of those little orbs throughout his room. Naturally, you also need bookshelves that at least give the appearance of built-ins. Natural elements such as stone, wood, and leather really tie this room into the Gothic style without being overbearing. The jars, scale, and other coffee table decor add to the steampunk feel. While you may not have a statue guarding your office, you can still have an office as stylish as Dumbledore’s!
One of the things that solidifies a design as steampunk to me is having too much. That may seem a little confusing, but take a look at some steampunk inventions online. Because the idea was to be run by steam, it looks like there are way more parts than necessary. I think the set decorator (Stephenie McMillan) did a great job of creating that feel in Dumbledore’s office. After all, everywhere you look, there’s more gadgets and gizmos than anyone could possibly know what to do with!
So what do you think of all these Hogwarts interior design ideas? While us mere Muggles may not be able to attend class at Hogwarts, you can now bring a little bit of Potter style to your own home! Do you want to? I know I do. I love the Harry Potter series too much to not want a little touch of it in my home! Do you feel that way about Harry Potter? What about another series? I’d love to hear what you’re passionate about! Don’t forget to comment and share!
**Featured image via Harry Potter Wiki