A coffin is a good start, but it's only part of the overall look.

How to Make a Vampire-Themed Room

by Kris Gleba

Behold the allure of the vampire: Youthful good looks paired with age-old wisdom, a stone-cold facade and a true knack for taking a bite out of life. Vampires have emerged from the dark shadows to become saucy and sensational fixtures in films and books favored by moms looking for an escape. Continue the break from reality with a vampire-themed room to suit both the living and the undead.

Prepping the Space

Prepare the walls for painting by removing any and all wall decorations.

Fill in any holes with joint compound and let dry. Lightly sand the area so that it blends in with the remainder of the wall.

Prime the walls with a latex-based primer that you have had tinted to match your black wall paint color. Let the primed walls dry.

Paint the walls with black latex paint in a flat or eggshell finish, both of which have no sheen. Painting with high-gloss paint will show the wall's imperfections, and vampires are anything but imperfect. Paint the walls with dark charcoal gray latex paint, in a flat or eggshell finish, if black is too dark.

Paint the window and wall trim, if any, the same shade of black or charcoal gray. Use a latex paint with a semi-gloss finish.

Furnishing and Accessorizing the Space

Hang red satin curtains, reminiscent of coffins, or a thick, luxurious fabric such as velvet. Choose a fabric that blocks as much natural light as possible.

Add mood lighting with a chandelier, painted white or blood red. Hang it in the center of the ceiling. Install a dimmer switch to control the lighting, leaving ample lighting when kids are in the room and less lighting to set the mood. Display wrought-iron candelabras throughout the room for additional otherworldly appeal.

Bring in one new piece of ornate, comfortable blood red or snow white furniture, such as a fainting couch or chaise lounge. Choose a piece with tufted cushions and a high back, making it a favorable spot for canoodling with your favorite blood sucker.

Change the remaining furnishings, if needed. Keep the items that speak to the vampire aesthetic, such as metal and wooden furnishings with ornate scrolls and other ornamentation. Revamp the country furnishings; slipcover the red and green plaid couch and paint the shabby chic end table an inky shade of black. Buy a red and black bedding set with coordinating pillowcases if you're decorating the bedroom.

Accessorize the remaining furniture. Add subtle pops of color with paisley throw pillows in shades of white, red and gray. Lend a touch of glamour with a luxurious, white fake fur wrap draped over the back of a couch or on the end of the bed.

Display an eclectic array of artwork, even reproductions, in ornate, gilded frames. Mix modern with older pieces. Showcase framed sepia-toned photos of you and your family; the sepia tone will make the photos appear as if you are also a vampire. Hang a photo of your favorite vampire from the “Tru Blood” or Vampire Chronicles books.

Create a vignette on a table of small decorative items that a vampire might have accumulated over time. Display items like a vintage hairbrush, crystal wine goblet and an antique music box -- anything that he might have thrown in a knapsack before being run out of his manse by a pack of scared, flame-wielding villagers. Add a mercury glass bowl filled with red apples as a nod to the “Twilight” series.

Items you will need

  • Joint compound
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes or rollers
  • Latex-based primer
  • Black latex paint, either flat or eggshell finish
  • Gray latex paint, either flat or eggshell finish
  • Black semi-gloss latex paint
  • Gray semi-gloss latex paint


  • Buy furnishings and accent pieces that you can use elsewhere should your vampire obsession subside. Repurpose Halloween decorations that you already have and adorn your mantel or a bookcase with artificial crows or candles in pewter candlesticks.


  • Don't paint the walls any shade of red, blood red or otherwise. Create a dramatic room by allowing the blood red and creamy white accessories to pop against the black or gray walls. Keep macabre items hidden, perhaps in a small coffin, lest your children find them and play show-and-tell with their friends.

About the Author

Lowell, Massachusetts-based writer Kris Gleba has been writing home decor articles since 2008. She enjoys all aspects of small home living, from complete gut remodels to ingenius home decorating that incorporates style and function. She has previously written for the “Athol Daily News.” She holds a degree in professional writing from Fitchburg State University.

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