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  • Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Glen Proebstel

    Fog that lingers longer and thicker in the mornings, chillier nights and nature retreating into dormancy — Halloween is the perfect excuse to embrace our darkening days. To some, it is simply dismissed as a kids’ holiday, but we beg to differ. The celebration entails a call for wild creativity and a fascination with the otherworldly, and it can all feel almost magical if you let it. Here we highlight black and white decor that incites this mystical spirit in us. The ideas are simple and the results, hauntingly beautiful.

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Sweet Paul Magazine
    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Yatzer Marco Villa Mateos

    First image: This precarious vignette is such inspiration for us, both for Halloween and for the rest of the season. Gather up your broken, black and off-kilter ceramics and tableware, your skulls and any ephemera you’ve found from nature to create a similar composition.

    Above, left: Recipe for a gothic, romantic Halloween — dusky purples, black tablewares, meandering candelabras and a touch of tarnishing silver.

    Above, right: This dark, rich scene is beckoning us! It feels like a modern interpretation of a 17th-century still life. The dried herbs make stunning decor, and there’s no better way to keep the vampires at bay than with a garlic garland.

    Images via Edge Reps, Wantist and Yatzer

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Little Upside Down Cake

    Above: No reason to keep your linens perfectly ironed or your walls scuff-free — the unfusiness of this composition just adds to its lived-in charm.

    Image via Little Upside Down Cake

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Remodelista Haunted Hall
    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Local Milk

    Above, left: A wedding veil and repurposed vintage furnishings were all that was needed to create this eerie, Miss Havisham-inspired moment.

    Above, right: This table setup is certainly stunning, but there’s something sweetly melancholy about it, too. The washed-out crochet linens have a found-in-the-attic feel, and the layers of faded white tones are both serene and somber.

    Images via Remodelista and Local Milk

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Remodelista Haunted Hall - Gentl & Hyers

    Above: Hand forms have been popular for awhile now, but they inspire a completely different feel when piled on top of one another. The result is ghostly and foreboding.

    Image via Edge Reps

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Remodelista Haunted Hall - Domino
    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Remodelista Haunted Hall

    Above, left: A lavender bouquet takes on a sinister, abandoned edge in this brilliant cobweb DIY.

    Above, right: Bumpy and bruised black pumpkins look witchy on their own, but cut them open to expose their seedy guts for an even more visceral display.

    Images via Domino and The Freaky Table

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Andrea Gentl, Natura Morta

    Above: Photographer Andrea Gentl opened our eyes to the swoon-worthy beauty of decaying flowers when she shared her Natura Morta series with us on EyeSwoon. We’re obsessed with the idea of wilting blooms for Halloween.

    Image via Andrea Gentl of Gentl and Hyers

    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Toast UK
    Brooding Black and White Halloween Decor - Rick Owens

    Above, left: Instant ambiance: tall taper candles sitting within tall black candle holders.

    Above, right: This display is intriguing any time of year, but all the more fitting for All Hallows’ Eve. Crystals and a totem — everything you need to channel departed souls.

    Images via April and May and Studded Hearts

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