Andrea helps people design their homes and gardens. She likes to use Western Astrology and the Chinese Zodiac to help build templates.
A Home Inspired by Gryffindor House
Bring on the butterbeer, oversized lion statues, and golden goblets. A home-based around Harry Potter's, Ron Weasley's, and Hermione Granger's Hogwarts House should be bold, electric, nostalgic, and comfortable.
Place your coat of arms above the mantel. Add a suit of armor to hold your guests' coats. Have a giant trophy case where you can proudly put your achievements on display. Your home should look like a private suite at an Ivy League school, a sporting hall of fame, and a late Victorian hideout. Your home should have secret passageways, like in the game Clue.
The Gryffindor home should have nods to famous Gryffindors from Hermione Granger, Professor Albus Dumbledore, Neville Longbottom, and a long list of Weasleys.
Your home decor will be carefully arranged around two main colors: scarlet and gold. Your home should be inviting, a place where people feel comfortable to rest their weary feet, play some friendly games, and drink a frothy beer. The fireplace will be a commanding feature in the living room. It is the sanctuary of the Gryffindor household.
Tips and Tricks with Colors
Red can be a difficult color to work with when it comes to paint. I would suggest buying high-quality red paint if you decide to paint in that color. You will most likely have to use several coats of red paint to get a job done. This has to do with the pigments on a chemistry level. Red paint, the pigments don't spread as easily as some colors.
Pink is another option for rooms that you don't want to be overbearing. A whole house of red rooms might come off as menacing rather than comforting, so don't go hog-wild with red paint. Red is an energetic color that inspires you and gets you into an aggressive or excitable mood. That's not really the best color for a bedroom where you want to sleep.
Gold fixtures should be preferred over silver ones. Think gold doorknobs, gold stair railings, gold candelabras, and gold faucets. Yellow relates to sunshine and happiness. Yellow should be used in communal areas of your home. Red is more about strength, skill cultivation, and passion.
White is another color that's a good go-to. Gryffindor colors are royal and saturated. Red, yellow, and white are all associated with yang.
I would encourage adding more wood into your home than metal. Look for woods that have tones in red, yellow, and white. Mahogany is an excellent choice. When in doubt, go with mahogany.
You Might Need Some Yin Energy
If your house is starting to feel overwhelmed by yang with all the fire elements, I would suggest softening things down with rounded shapes, soft blankets, and mirrors. If you change up the colors too much, it probably won't feel like a Gryffindor household. Definitely avoid colors associated with Slytherin.
Too much yang in your house might make you feel restless and angry, like Harry Potter when he was about 15 and trying to mourn Cedric Diggory's death and deal with Professor Umbridge.
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Mementos of Great Gryffindors
Your home should have little acknowledgments everywhere to famous Gryffindors.
- A candy dish full of lemon drops for Dumbledore.
- A room dedicated to books for Hermione. You want a large personal library and/or study.
- A speakeasy hidden behind a door with a variety of wizard beers for Ron.
- A birdcage hanging from a hook for Hedwig.
- A box of toys, flashy movie posters, and joke items for Fred and George.
- Cat statues for Professor McGonagall.
- A room full of plants for Neville.
- A golden snitch and broomstick for Harry.
Inspiration from Gryffindor Tower
The Gryffindor common room in the books is cozy, social, and a refuge from the rest of the castle. I recommend getting a painting that fits the description of the Fat Lady. If you have a secret door that leads to your living room, or if you install a barn door, a painting of the Fat Lady should be displayed there. You might want to pretend that she requires a password to amuse your guests.
The focal point of your living room, as you should already know, is the fireplace. If you live in a home with no fireplace then I would recommend buying a space heater that has fake flame images. There should be stuffed armchairs near the fireplace; the chairs invite you to read a book, socialize, smoke a pipe, or play a friendly game of Wizarding Chess.
A chessboard should be out in the open with pieces in place; you want to encourage play. Chess is a great pastime while sitting by a fire and enjoying a warm beverage.
Install arched windows, so you can get plenty of sunlight. Hopefully, your home is in an area with a nice view. The arched windows should give your walls some dimension and sophistication. The windows invite you to go into nature. Victorian-style windows will give your house the appropriate allure.
At Hogwarts, the Gryffindor Tower’s windows look out over the Quidditch Pitch, Hogwarts Lake, and the Forbidden Forest. You may want to place images of these magical places on your walls and shelves.
Decorate your walls with art of mythical creatures, especially unicorns, phoenixes, and yes, Gryffindors. You want your home to play off elements of fantasy, not realism.
Mahogany is a popular choice for furniture. The beds in the books are four-poster beds made of ancient mahogany with scarlet curtains threaded with gold.
When in doubt, throw a scarlet blanket over a piece of furniture or add a yellow accent pillow. A vase of red or yellow flowers will look nice on any coffee table.
Fire Feng Shui
If you can't make heads or tails of a design decision, look to the principles of fire feng shui. You want your rooms to be warm and exciting, colorful and whimsical. Fire is distinctly yang. The charts below should help you when you're in a jam.
Remember: fire is about new, showy, and bright arrangements. You like things that pop into the foreground, not whimper into the background.
Feng Shui Chart
Fire nourishes earth by turning into ash and forming land.
Fire destroys metal by melting it.
Earth nourishes metal by creating minerals in the soil.
Earth destroys water by drying it.
Metal nourishes water through condensation.
Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.
Water nourishes wood by helping flora to grow.
Water destroys fire by putting out the flames.
Wood nourishes fire by giving it a path to burn.
Wood destroys earth by popping out of it and disheveling the land.
Yin and Yang
Black and Blue
Red, White, and Yellow
Ovals, Oblongs, Circles
Squares, Rectangles, Triangles, Diamonds, Stars
Time of Day
Black and White
Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, Pig
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces
Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius
The Gryffindor living room should have high ceilings and plenty of space. The room shouldn't feel cramped or cluttered. You want enough room to do jumping jacks and to dance.
I would pick a deep red for the walls. The furniture should be in neutral colors like gray, black, and mahogany. Wooden furniture complements the Gryffindor living room better than metal furniture.
- Fire and wood elements go together.
- Fire and metal elements clash.
If you live in an area with a beautiful vista, I would install a window seat. Gryffindors love sunshine and the outdoors. A place where they can sit and watch the birds will bring them joy. You don't want a Gryffindor-based room to feel like a cave.
They're also big on trends, so you want the latest technology in your living room. You should have an assortment of gadgets to entertain your guests.
Place trophies and family heirlooms on your fireplace mantel. People should come to your house and learn very quickly without asking what are your strengths and interests.
Add candles into your living room and place them on sophisticated golden fixtures. You want your living room to look magical, inspiring, and inviting. The correct candles and fixtures will help your home look like Hogwarts.
Add statues or art of lions, cats, and griffins. You want the room to look mighty. You could also add swords to your walls, particularly a replica of the Sword of Gryffindor (also known as the Sword of Nuadu). The sword is based on the legends of King Arthur. You might want to incorporate medieval objects relating to King Arthur throughout your living room.
The Gryffindor kitchen should look modern and edgy. Fire thrives in the kitchen, so you should decorate in flame colors: red, orange, yellow, and white. You should have up-to-date appliances and knives on display. Your kitchen is bold with hard-to-find spices and a cabinet dedicated to strong coffees and teas.
You need a spot in your kitchen to display sweets like canary creams, pumpkin pasties, sherbert lemons, and Chocolate Frogs. You could set up your own Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes shop: it'll be a special gathering spot for treats, charms, and jokes. Have a little dragon statue that helps dispense Weasley’s Dragon Roasted Nuts. A popcorn machine would also look nice in your shop area. And barstools. I really feel this shop area would have barstools.
On your walls, add designs of mythological creatures related to fire: Phoenixes, salamanders, chimeras, etc.
People should come to your house and be amazed; they should feel like they're in a secret wizard hideout. Add special bulbs to your light fixtures, like the flame ones that flicker and have a lovely orange hue.
Your kitchen table should be long and rectangular. Add an edergne in gold. Place red and yellow fruits on the tiers. A chandelier would look dazzling in your dining room.
I would opt for a light yellow in the bathroom. Add playful tiles to the floor. Candles are a nice touch or electric wax warmers. The bathroom should have a basket of handcrafted soaps in different colors.
I would put photos on the walls of ghosts and other supernatural things. Why? Because the bathroom was where Harry ran into Moaning Myrtle. It's also where in the first year Harry, Ron, and Hermione fought a troll. And in the second year where they drank polyjuice potions and Hermione's transformation didn't go as planned.
The bathroom should have yellowish fixtures, so replace the typical silver ones with gold, bronze, or copper. Have towels in red and white. Avoid colors like blue, green, and purple.
If you can, change out your windows for stained glass. You want to add color and creativity into the bathroom. This space should be relaxing and whimsical. The shower curtain should have a noticeable design, perhaps one that connects to a Harry Potter character:
- Plants for Neville
- Dragons for Charles Weasley
- Lemons for Dumbledore
- Cats for Professor McGonagall
- Books for Hermione
- Lightning bolts for Harry
- Quidditch for Ron
- Sports for Lee Jordan
- Jokes for Fred and George
- Ribbons and bows for Lavender Brown
You need a large bed with four posts and curtains. Your bedroom should look sophisticated in dark brown, scarlet, gold, and white. A giant rug should be on the floor. There should be suits of armor and precious jewelry in cases.
You need a wardrobe full of beautiful gowns, suits, and cloaks. You own a plethora of sweaters and knit pieces. You have an array of sneakers and boots. Lovely mittens and scarves. Gryffindors are fashionable and showy.
Your bedroom should have a giant mirror, like the Mirror of Erised. You want a mirror that accentuates all your best features, and you also want a spot where you can reflect and imagine your dreams and wishes.
There should be a fireplace or fake fireplace in the bedroom. Keep a jar of glittery floo powder nearby. A painting of Godric Gryffindor does hang over the Gryffindor common room in the books.
Hang up pictures and holographs of your family and loved ones. You want to feel loved in your bedroom, not isolated and forgotten. You should have a secret closet hidden by a bookshelf that you can slide away; the secret closet has spell books, wands, precious heirlooms, and extra toys for cats and dogs.
A Gryffindor home is best complemented with pets. Gryffindors love their animals from rats, cats, frogs, and owls. A big, warm pet bed should be in your room. Your pets should feel loved and appreciated.
Add some sophistication to the room with a vinyl record player, scotch cart, or old-fashioned typewriter. Antiques add a dollop of charm.
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (Nearly Headless Nick) will want to take over the basement. This is where he’ll want to celebrate his Deathday Party. He’ll invite his other ghost friends.
The basement should be spooky with Halloween decorations and gothic delights, like a pipe organ and stained glass windows. I recommend installing fancy light fixtures, like LED candelabras and chandeliers. Orange lighting would really help fit the mood.
Werewolves may want to hide in your basement. If you have a friend like Remus Lupin, they might prefer the cold, dark, and isolated space. They'd prefer the privacy of a whole floor when they go lycanthrope.
Make sure to have a table with chairs where guests can play card games. A bar in the basement will be nice for those that can’t take a weekend trip to Hogsmeade.
The basement should be spacious. It might be where you store wines or spirits. I assume Gryffindors have a thing for red wine and whiskey. And butterbeer, of couse.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Andrea Lawrence