Castle House

Castle houses, similar to manors – though larger and significantly more ornate – sit atop giant pieces of land in picturesque French countrysides, Scottish Woodlands, or Medieval English towns. Holding history on high, these luxurious homes feature fantastical fabrics, learned luxury, arcane allegory, and ancient art.

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A mix of Gothic grandeur and Renaissance revival, castle homes highlight the beauty of old royalty with stone, detailed woodwork, and dark academia aesthetic flare.

Drawing from medieval English castles, and royal Scottish hunting lodges, modern castle interiors add technology to traditional layouts and plans.

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Modern Castle Home Aesthetic

Spacious over-the-top maximalism makes these homes into Royalcore dreams.

Dream features include pools (indoor and out), lakes, lazy rivers, barns, horse stables, and mysterious hunting lodges in the woods.

Orangeries, sun rooms and greenhouses with ancient architectural flare all lend themselves to castle house designs.

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Old Money Luxury

Castle houses strike a delicate balance between new and old design, elevating sophisticated style with eccentric edge. 

Stone exteriors with ornate facades, multi-story proportions, giant over-the-top rooms separated by function. Tradition and modernity comes together with new and old on large piece of land.

Castle House Rooms

With their giant proportions, high quality materials, and layered maximalist decor accentuated by vibrant moody colors, castle homes feel vibrant, functional, and bursting with life.

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Living Room

Castle home living rooms vary in aesthetic depending on location and can range anywhere from Medieval Gothic to Elizabethan English.

Titillating textures, symbolic patterns, magical motifs, and live plants convey natural scholasticism blending vibrant colors with layers of decadent depth.

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Castle bedrooms feature tall Gothic arched windows, grand canopy beds, and ornately carved antique wooden furniture featuring grand scenes of love and war. 

Dark greens, blues, and crimsons add warmth to the expansive stone spaces with large, open floor plans.


Castle house kitchens feature modern amenities hidden behind maximalist cupboards and shelves lined with sweets, spices, ceramics, and art.

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Castle bathrooms take a range of designs including Italian renaissance revival style with modern tubs, moss bath mats, and classical greek arches ornamenting ceilings.


Castle Color Palette

Tailored, textured, and slightly formal, like Dark Academia, Modern Manor House aesthetic comes alive with warm, vibrant neutrals. Rich, deep blacks, chocolate browns, hunter greens, and watery beiges blend with creamy whites creating scholarly, serene spaces.

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Green, the color of nature, represents renewal, rebirth, and the cyclical nature of life. Medieval Gothic Christian art associated green with the Resurrection and the hope of eternal life.

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Blue, symbolizes spirituality and divine wisdom. It represents intellectual awakening, a gateway to higher knowledge, elusive truths, and mysteries that lie beneath the surface.

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Red, the color of power and passion represents strength, rebellion, and pleasure. The color of royalty, revolution, and rebellion, red embodies courage, symbolizes battlefield valor, vitality, control and protection from evil spirits.

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Gray, urban, industrialized, and emotionally complex, signifies maturity and wisdom. It conveys a sense of experience, composure and understated beauty. Timeless, permanent and stable. gray represents a solid fountation in changing times.

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Paneled Walls

Add structure and texture to your castle walls with wood paneling and chair rail molding.

A sculptural feature, paneling and molding arranged in artful patterns creates layers of depth and shadow.

The simple geometry of clean lines adds aesthetic appeal and classy European essence.

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Dark Academia Aesthetics

Get lost in darkness aesthetics, where Preppy, Cottagecore charm, Old Money aristocracy and classical romantic elegance, meet gothic motifs and creative chaotic collegiate spirit.


Dark Academia Color Palette​

Let nightfall navy, bold burgundy, and gloriously gothic green wrap you in mystery and scholarly allure as you embark on a quest for knowledge, symbolism and creative inspiration.

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