Can you believe I haven’t spoken about Crimson Peak yet? Well, I can. There were so many things about that film that left me feeling ambivalent, but Allerdale Hall wasn’t one of them. Actually, I just can’t get the house of Crimson Peak out of my head. Here are some aspects of it that I’d love to borrow for inspiration decorating my own space.


Okay, so this isn’t something I can steal per se but I’ll be damned if I can’t be inspired by it. The first shots of the inside of the manner are my absolute favourite with the broken roof filling the entrance with Autumnal leaves. Having lots of open spaces, sheer curtains to allow extra light to funnel through, open windows for a nice breeze and decor that is inspired by natural elements.


I’ve got a thing for icy cold winds. I love the feeling of a freezing cold breeze late at night! Does anyone else get that feeling?

Although I would love to install an ever present loud howling wind into my life, that’s not physically possible. But I can take advantage of the breezes I do have with chimes and wall hangings!


Lately, I’ve been fighting the urge to start a collection of tin types and Crimson Peak doesn’t help this urge. Walls filled with paintings, portraits, photographs and pretty much anything that can fit into a frame is a common image within the Gothic Horror genre – it’s an image I use a lot in my own writing!


The motif of moths, butterflies and insects was a nice touch to the story of the film, as well as just the aesthetics. It was a parallel to the character of Edith who travels to Crimson Peak and is forced to transform from the frail butterfly she once was into a hardened black moth – the only insect that can bare to survive the harsh terrain of the peak.

But where do pinned insects fit in? You know, the displays of butterflies and beetles that are attached into a frame using pins. I feel like they are the best of both worlds. They’re beautiful and fragile, but they’re also insusceptible to the world around them.


While the house itself is an array of dark and worn down colours – in a pallet of mostly browns, gold and blue – the signature colourway of the film is, of course, the white and red.

I’m in luck, I stick to a strictly white, red and black colourway when it comes to decorating. Although, it may not be the most unique range, I feel there is something beautiful about a clean minimalist layout crowded out with oddities like the Allerdale Hall.

Now these are some of the major motifs of the film and major pieces of decor. But we can’t forget the classic Gothic horror staples of long tapered candlesticks and shelves filled with books! Blood red tapered candles, wax dripping down their length to the background of pure white is still super ghostly, even in a modern context.

What about you, are you a fan of Crimson Peak? Would you move into Allerdale Hall?



  1. November 6, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I was just about to start writing my Crimson Peak review! I loved the aesthetics as well, there were so many stunning scenes and images and I loved the way Allerdale Hall looked. Would totally live there, minus the ghosts.

  2. November 6, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    What an excellent article! I love the aesthetic of the house, it'd be great to have something similar in one's home decor.

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