Interiors Trend: Dark Academia
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Interiors Trend: Dark Academia

Think the Adams family. But make it aesthetic.

Leather-bound books and classical artworks, antique wooden furniture and leather armchairs, four poster beds and ornate lighting. Welcome to the world of Dark Academia…

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What is Dark Academia?

Dark Academia is the aesthetic that revolves around classical literature, higher education, and the pursuit of knowledge. Stemming from upper-class nineteenth century European visual culture, the trend is associated with the liberal arts and eccentricities – celebrating the unusual and romanticising the educated experience.


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Many followers of the Dark Academia look to characters from literature for inspiration, such as those from The Secret History and Kill Your Darlings, who live decadently destructive lifestyles laden with drugs, violence and heavy secrets.


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In visual terms, think high-brow college fashion, antiques, Gothic architecture, classical art and secret nooks and crannies. Academic visuals like heavy wooden desks, lamps and armchairs all fit into the aesthetic, but you can also expect to find grander flourishes like chandeliers, paintings and ornate bookcases. For the colour palette, it’s all about autumnal shades of brown, gold, green, red, black and grey.

Bathroom with fireplace, foot stool and paintings

London’s Chateau Denmark perfectly channels the sophisticated aesthetic of Dark Academia, as seen by its use of ornate fireplaces, gold bath tubs, marble flooring and tufted foot stools. Make sure to book a stay if you want some interiors inspiration.

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Our Dark Academia Picks

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Pooky Convex Porthole Mirror

Lauren Mirror, £155, Pooky,

Dark Academia - Green leather desk chair

Ashmore Antique Reproduction, Captains Leather Office Desk Chair, £850,

Dark Academia - Antique writing desk

Antique Writing Desk Circa 1820, £3815,

Desk lamp

Washington Tiffany Desk Lamp OT 018, £116.99,

Dark Academia - Wooden bookcase

Germain Solid Mango Wood Dresser, £1,984,

Four poster bed

Botticelli 5′ King Size Bed Frame, £1750,

Sanderson wallpaper

Sanderson Tally Ho Wallpaper, £79,


Grimm Fairytales leather bound book

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Canterbury Classics, £29.99,

Featured image: Chateau Denmark


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