If you love the idea of integrating English romanticism into the architectural design of a home, you likely adore gothic revival homes. This residential style began popping up in the mid-1800s, shortly after the Industrial Revolution. Today, homes that reflect gothic architecture usually have steep roofs, towers, and verandas.

Gothic Revival style homes: a brief history

Gothic architecture became popular in England in the 1800s. They then started becoming popular across the U.S. beginning in the mid-19th century – the Trinity Church in New York City is a great example from this period.

Gothic Revival homes became common in the Northeast region of the U.S., and this is where you will find many of them still standing today. It originally started as a residential style for rural, suburban homes, as the design did not fit easily into city lots.

Renovating gothic revival homes

As you look to renovate your own Gothic Revival home, there are a few characteristics of this residential style that you should keep in mind. First, going vertical is a must – Gothic Revival architecture has an upward style that gives them a towering look and feel. If you are interested in expansion, you may want to consider going up, rather than out.

Next, gables are key features of Gothic revival homes. If you have any roof adjustments to make, keep the gables in mind to maintain an authentic appearance.

Finally, consider using board-and-batten siding (or keeping it, if you already have it) to fall in line with Gothic Revival style. This type of siding is common on houses with this aesthetic.

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Complementing Gothic Revival style

Gothic Revival may bring to mind images of dark, dreary spaces more suitable for the 16th century, but this shouldn’t hinder your renovation plans. As you look to complement your Gothic Revival home, don’t hesitate to strive for romanticism and coziness in your decor.

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Image Source: By IDS.photos from Tiverton, UK (Library at Montacute House) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For instance, the right wallpaper with elegant texture can help bring out the charm of your home. Using earth elements in your renovation project, such as wood and stone, can also bring sophistication to your Gothic Revival home.


Finally, don’t feel obligated to stick with black for the exterior and interior of your house. Jewel tones, such as emerald and ruby, can complement your home’s style and add pops of color.




Understanding the Gothic Revival Homes was last modified: July 16th, 2018 by Krystle Vermes

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