Dark academia is having a moment, and book nerds everywhere are enjoying the hell out of it. After all, the genre combines two groups that already have significant overlap: the bookish and the gothic; while also encompassing the deep desire of all humans — yes, I said all — to own, fill, and decorate a giant library, probably 2+ stories, definitely with sliding ladders.
Whether your reading taste leans toward the dark academia vibe or not isn’t necessarily relevant; here we are dealing with the room in which you do your reading, and a darkly academic theme lends itself nicely to your image as a Serious Reader with Highbrow Taste. With luck, it will make book
thieves borrowers think twice, keep out nosy family members, and encourage those who know you best to bring a steady supply of snacks and tea.
While I can’t help you with owning a space big enough for a two-story library, I can help you decorate your own dark academia space — be it a whole room or a tiny reading nook — and of course Book Riot as a whole is here to help you (over)fill said space. I’ve gathered some of my favorite items that will create the perfect mood for curling into a chair and reading for eternity.
Add some extra academia to your dark academia reading room with a real, mounted Death’s Head Moth from Vinacreations4. Starting at $59.
Bats are a perfect accessory to a dark academia reading room. This one is a bronze cup — the head is the lid — to hold precious trinkets, and you can snag it from CreepyOdditiesShip for $37.
What is a reading room without plants?? Combine your love of growing things with the mystery of fungi with these precious bud vases from ChausettesdeComptine. $23 for two.
Let ShopOfTheCourtier scoop you some oddities to be displayed in your own unique oddities jar. $6–30
Make sure everyone knows who your books belong to with this custom embosser from PickledStamps. There are many different designs to choose from. It’s $45 for the embosser, and stamps are also available.
Even dark academics need to let the light in occasionally. Hold your curtains back in elegant style with these curtain holders from GNTSDecor. $27 for two.
Can’t get enough dark academia? Also check out:
- What Is Dark Academia, And Why Is It So Popular?
- 10 Queer Dark Academia Novels to Obsess Over
- 8 Dark Academic Mystery Novels With Lectures and Lechery
I hope you enjoy decorating your new reading space as much as I enjoyed researching things to put in it. Happy dark reading!