I’ve had a few questions from readers asking how CDH and I decorate our home. I wasn’t entirely certain why anyone would want to know this, but I’ve discovered aging (read, over 20) metalheads decorating their first homes and wanting something more than the old beer can pyramid in the living room.
CDH and I like a “laid-back Viking” style – lots of ancient treasures everywhere, but not a full-on “welcome to the longhouse, please wipe your feet” experience. Of course, we will be able to go crazy when we build our own place, but that’s a few years away yet.
Aside from black, my favorite colors are red and orange, and CDH’s favorite color is sea-green. We keep a dark palette of colors, because I prefer to be in dark rooms (light-sensitive, you see, like a vampire) and darkness ist krieg. We have wooden floors, which look awesome but are a bitch to look after, so we’ve covered them with heaps of multi-colored rugs. I love how it makes our lounge look like one of those alleyway antique shops.
We have too many books, so we had to buy more bookshelves, which double as knick knack stands. Sooooo many knick knacks.
My office (which I haven’t taken pictures in yet because it is a MESS) is decorated with inspiring paper ephemera, including fantasy greeting cards by Ann Sudeworth from Avebury in England, a lace duck card from Bruges, and a personalized WANTED posted and box I made in the printing room at MOTAT. CDH’s office is decorated with transformers and train books.
So, that’s what we do. What about you?
Heavy Metal Décor is what you want it to be – if you think heavy metal décor is tiger-striped rugs, black leather couches and 80s kitsch, then you’ve created yourself a metal haven. If you liken a metal interior design to a minimalist black and red design with elliptical lampshades and a dining room table so shiny you could play air hockey on it, then metal it up my minimalist friend!
I believe your house should be filled with objects and colors and details which make you happy. You should walk in the door and just smile. And because you are a person with very specific tastes, your home tends to become full of things you like, and this creates a cohesive style without you needing to think about it.
What to look for: Old gig posters to frame, (I love reading I want your skull for truly unique gig poster artwork, straight from the artist themselves), horror film memorabilia, black and red and purple and gold, spikes, studs, eyelets, bondage features, ancient talismans, artifacts, skulls aplenty, natural fabrics in dark shades, leather and faux leather, Vikings, crosses (you can easily invert them, if you so choose), steampunk, Scandinavian and German design, metal inserts, metal everything, “alternative” artwork, old vinyl record sleeves, skulls, taxidermy, paper ephemera.
Visit: second-hand and thrift shops, alleyway antique shops, swap meets and car-boot fairs, fabric sales and hippy craft fairs, medieval markets and pagan festivals, eBay, the “classified” sections of metal forums. Scandi-design books.
Remember, interior design evolves over time. There’s no sense throwing everything in a room away and going out to buy a whole new set of furniture and “decoration”. It’s about spying that perfect painting in an artist market in Berlin, or sewing latex cushions while listening to Darkthrone. Your décor won’t be finished until you die, and even then you might return to rearrange the sofas.
So, what are your favorite aspects of your interior decorating? What items do you more hope to attain? What would be your dream room?
If people are keen and we get some ideas flowing I am happy to do more posts on this subject.