A Guide To Dark Academia Aesthetic Room Decor

A simple guide to Dark Academia Aesthetic Room Decor. ideas and inspirations to create or redo your bedroom with some dark room aesthetics.

What is the Dark Academia Aesthetic?

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As I mentioned in my other article on Dark academia, if you are a proactive internet user, there is a high chance you have come across this popular trend at some point. Dark academia is not a decor style, but rather a combination of some already existing aesthetic ideas that emphasize things like old-age universities & libraries, offices with dim lights and rich textures, and dark and shady colors.

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Dark Academia is an aesthetic that revolves around literature, academics, mystery, and arts. It is heavily inspired by Gothic architecture, history, Greek Arts, and Dark elements. Though some people criticize this dark aesthetic room idea as being a repeat of something which was already there in the past and there is nothing new, anyone can easily put in their own ideas and creativity to this styling idea, making it unique and wonderful.

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Although, the aesthetic sounds intense and dark to some but is harmless and creative. In fact, it’s based on a passion for learning. This growing subculture has taken the internet by storm and there are many online communities that revolve around dark academia aesthetics and dark room aesthetics.

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All You Need To Know About Dark Academia Aesthetic Room Decor:

The features of Dark Academia room decor can give any place a refined scholarly atmosphere. Imagine stepping into a classic European library filled with mysteries to explore. That’s the enigmatic aesthetic you can feel with such items adorning your room.

Color Palette – dark moody, neutral, beige, brown

As the name suggests, the color scheme for this aesthetic comprises – dark and moody colors. So the goal is to bring in a  lot of neutral to dark tones in the room and create a moody vibe. Consider a neutral color palette as a starting point that includes a nice gothic touch. Some winter-centric colors like shades of brown, off-white, white, dark orange, and old gold look can surely help in making your dark bedroom more aesthetic.

Bedding – bulky, layered, cozy

The bedding can be kept bulky with a lot of layers of sheets, duvet, and blankets. Preferably a bouncy big mattress.

All this to give the effect of old dorm-style bedding.

Just like Harry Potter’s dorm room in Hogwarts for instance.

Old Books

The aesthetic – dark academia – at the end of the day revolves around academics and learning. So books are an obvious part of the décor. Here’s a very chic decor item you can buy off Amazon that looks like Antique books but are storage boxes.

You can bring in old and new books and stack them all up, keep them everywhere around the room to bring in that academic feel.

Dark wood furniture

For furniture, it is important to stick to the moody mystery vibe. Any light-tone furniture can mess up the aesthetic we are going for. 

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So it is important to use rusty, dark wood furniture for the décor.

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You can thrift some old vintage furniture with engravings. Or possibly reuse some old pieces lying around. 

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You can also add a mirror with a golden frame somewhere in the room for that vintage look.

Small details and accessories

Mystery, as said earlier, is core to this aesthetic. So try to fill up the room with some handpicked trinkets and accessories that have a story attached to them.

Small mysterious pieces of décor can really add to the personality of the room.

Display vintage posters and old notes on the wall to create an aesthetic gallery effect over your desk.

Try adding Greek sculptures as they are very popular in this culture/aesthetic. You can thrift such sculptures, it’s even better if you find broken/chipped ones.

Creeper plants

You can add plants, but not all sort of plants may go with this aesthetic. The ones I can think of that look the best are creepers. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can go for Artificial plants that can be easily found on amazon.

You can just place them on books, near windows, or on random corners.

Display dried leaves and flowers in apothecary jars to decorate window sills in dramatic ways.

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Display Art supplies/music instruments

Once again, academia is the core essential part of the aesthetic.

You can add your art supplies like a wooden Easel or musical instruments such a violin or a guitar as part of the décor.

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