We’ve all wondered which Harry Potter house we would be sorted into; we had been invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each home is selected based on a wizard’s personality traits, which means they’re surrounded by like-minded people who share their interests, characteristics, and passions.
With that in mind, have you ever considered how wizards from each house would decorate their own homes? Well, wonder no more! To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the Skirting Board Shop in the UK has designed four living rooms decorated in the styles of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw to give you an idea of what a real wizard’s home might look like based on their Hogwarts house.
The Gryffindor common room itself is situated in one of Hogwarts’ highest towers and is a warm and comfortable space where students meet to study, celebrate or relax together. The walls are donned with framed portraits of historical house leaders; we expect that real Gryffindor homes would have family photographs displayed similarly, perhaps with the odd painting thrown in too!
Gryffindor interiors are best suited to decadent houses in the countryside with plenty of grand furniture, dark wood, brown leather, and lashings of fur. So, to recreate this magnificent interior in your own home, look to second-hand furniture; chests of drawers and old chairs are a great touch to add some character to your home.
Hufflepuff wizards are renowned for their hard work and patience, so their houses would likely include intricately detailed furnishings patterned with geometric shapes. The atmosphere would be relaxed and zen to match their patient personalities.
Their homes would be inspired by Scandinavian interiors, with lots of modern furniture and splashes of yellow and black (the house colors). Think bright and airy city loft apartments decorated with burnished copper and contemporary artwork.
Students in the Hufflepuff house represent the Earth element, so we’d expect to see a lot of foliage and plants placed around their adult homes – start small and look after them, grow them into beautiful houseplants.
The Slytherin common room is characterized by low ceilings, carved armchairs, and scale-like mosaic tiles, which we can see being implemented into homes outside of Hogwarts. This sort of décor wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian gothic home; sleek, dark rooms accented by the house’s colors, silver and emerald green, lit by plenty of tall candles and finished with dark, mahogany skirting boards.
Slytherin students tend to be ambitious, intelligent, cunning, influential leaders, and achievement-oriented. They’re also proud and confident, so they would take great pride in their home, decorating their rooms with dominant centerpieces that draw the eye. They’re not ones for rules, so any artwork displayed would be beautiful, but mysterious and intriguing; a story hidden within the paint as a nod to the Slytherin-built Chamber of Secrets.
Inspired by the element of air, Ravenclaw homes would have plenty of windows and be furnished in dreamy, deep blue hues. This style of interior lends itself beautifully to period Georgian homes with delicate furniture, high ceilings, and white-primed architrave.
The Ravenclaw common room is ample and circular and located in one of Hogwarts’ grand towers. Its windows are arched and graceful, and the walls are decorated with blue and bronze silks to showcase the house colors. These features would undoubtedly be transferred to Ravenclaw homes when the students have graduated from Hogwarts.
Ravenclaws are known for their creativity, so we picture Ravenclaw homes to have clean white walls adorned with marbled, abstract artwork in funky, modern frames to reflect this. Mirrors would be framed in gold and bronze, and feathered cushions would be placed artistically on couches and chairs to represent the house mascot, the eagle.
We’ve all wondered which house we would be sorted into; courageous and brave Gryffindor? Hard-working and patient Hufflepuff? Intelligent and creative, Ravenclaw? Or, the ambitious and resourceful Slytherin? Well, based on your interior design tastes, which Hogwarts house would you be placed in?