Bathroom with fireplace, foot stool and paintings

Interiors Trend: Dark Academia

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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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Interiors Trend: Dark Academia

Yet another social media trend to grace our screens this year, 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 soon-to-open 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. The hotel opens this April, so make sure to book a stay if you want some interiors inspiration.

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Our Dark Academia Picks

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Scented Candle Conversation Dans un Parc, £150,  Officine Universelle Buly,

compton marbling match box

Small Matchbox, Compton Marbling, £6.50,

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, £147,

Dark Academia - Classical painting

A River Landscape with Washerwomen and Cowherds in the Foreround by Francesco Zuccarelli, late 1730s, price on enquiry,

Dark Academia - Wooden bookcase

Germain Solid Mango Wood Dresser, £2,164,

Dark Academia - Antique spirit kettle in copper

Antique Spirit Kettle Circa 1900, £290,

Classical bust

CARO Somerset Plaster Statue Apollo, £220,

Club chair

Eichholtz Bradley Club Chair, £2,255,

Quilted bedspread

Shavasana Grey Cotton Quilted Bedspread, £165,

Four poster bed

Botticelli 5′ King Size Bed Frame, £1550,

Grey bedding

Toile French Grey Bed Linen Set, from £56,

Sanderson wallpaper

Sanderson Tally Ho Wallpaper, £69,


Convex mirror

Tall Convex Vanity Mirror, £36.00,

Grimm Fairytales leather bound book

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Canterbury Classics, £13.99,

Mahogany antique desk

Edwardian Mahogany Serpentine Kneehole Desk Circa 1900, £1960,

Chandelier with fabric shades

Bespoke Lighting CASAMIA 5 Light Chandelier With Fabric Shades, £1,000,

Featured image: Chateau Denmark


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