The Modern Witch's Guide To Home Decor
Decorate with intent
If you practice magick on the regular, consider yourself a hereditary witch, or are simply one who indulges in a good sageing when you move, chances are you've incorporated some witchy icons, amulets, or symbols into your life. Perhaps you have a lucky crystal with a permanent place in your purse, or there's a tarot deck on hand when life deals out a problem that stumps you. Whatever the case may be, for those of you in tune with your inner magick, why relegate these items to the recesses of your pockets and drawers? Your home is your sanctuary, so adorn it with items that are not only beautiful and practical, but inspiring to your inner witch.
We took a modern eye to home decor and found everything from crystal serving platters to custom prayer candles and astrological pillows to help you enrich your living quarters with intent. Why have boring old bookends when you can have a set that also infuses the pages in-between with serenity and clarity? Now that's the true intersection of fashion and function.
1. Color palettes are important. For example, golds and coppers are suitable for a home office as they attract fortune and business success, while light blue is perfect for the bedroom, enhancing peacefulness and protection.
2. When choosing a household object made out of stone, crystal, or any other magickal material, consider the function. A malachite box would be more at home in the bedroom instead of the kitchen, as it inspires sound sleep and aids with morning stiffness.
3. Select objects based on what you either want to amplify in your own life or attract into it. Want to inspire calmness for when you come home from work? Try placing an incense burner next to your favorite chair to curl up in to cleanse your space and channel away negative energy.
4. Although it's spendier, stick with real metals and stones when possible instead of imitations in order to receive their full effect. If that's not an option, try selecting home decor based on colors, symbols, or shapes instead.
5. Incorporate vessels to grow all manner of plants. Not only are herbs, flowers, and other plants useful for magickal workings, witches have a deep connection to nature and living in harmony with it.
The inverted triangle is feminine and representative of the water, healing, and purification. Popping some bright flowers into a triangular wall vase not only looks cheery—it's also the perfect way to surround yourself with symbols of the feminine, while embracing its inherent water properties.
CB2, Trigg Large Wall Vase, $29.95, available at CB2.
Have a favorite tarot card? Get a fine art print to inspire you. Here, The Magician in upright form represents power, skill, concentration, action, and resourcefulness. As far as cat posters go, we find this entirely more motivating than the "Hang in There" kitten.
Jazzberry Blue, Tarot Card Cat, $26, available at Etsy.
Candles have been used for magick by multiple cultures for centuries, whether it's a religious pillar lit in honor of a particular saint or a candle of a certain color used to invoke everything from love to change. These modern prayer candles nix the elaborate illustrations in favor of bold, graphic designs.
Brooklyn Brujeria, Chiquita Brujita Custom Prayer Candles, $10, available at Etsy.
Mirrors are closely tied to the moon and water, and can be used to not only attract specific energies but repel and protect, making them ideal for magick relating to introspection. These half-circles, or as we see them, half-moon mirrors, also reference a time in the lunar cycle that represents growth and learning, a perfect complement to the object's spirit.
Urban Outfitters, Half-Circle Mirror, $19, available at Urban Outfitters.
Feathers have had various meanings throughout history and different cultures, but two of the more popular beliefs are that they represent heightened awareness and communication. In particular, black feathers are for letting go of unwanted feelings, giving these tumblers extra intent when sipping on your morning coffee.
Laura Zindel, Set Of 4 Tumblers in Feathers, $168, available at Laura Zindel.
White onyx is associated with linking the base chakra (Muladhara) and the crown chakra (Sahasrara) to provide balanced energy. It's an excellent stone for releasing negative emotions and helps in recognizing personal strength. Use this as your bedside reading lamp, and the stone won't be the only thing glowing from the inside out.
Mahuel, Pair of Surface Onyx Lamps, $700, available at Mahuel.
Copper is used for healing work, and many believe that wearing copper jewelry on an affected part of the body will help with aches and pains. It is also powerful when used for sensuality and peace. How perfect then, to imbibe your bathroom or bedroom with a gorgeous copper ladder?
Little Deer Etsy, Copper Pipe Ladder, $93.05, available at Etsy.
Rose quartz has a multitude of uses. Not only does it ease pain and tension, it protects against intrusion from other people's anger and spite. That makes this serving platter the perfect vehicle for your next dinner party to ensure everything goes smoothly with your guests.
Rablabs, Rose Quartz Kiva Platter, $460, available at Anna New York.
The Moon tarot card represents the separation of the life of the imagination from the life of the spirit. It's the card of intuition, of dreams, and of the unconscious, making this tapestry a natural bedside companion.
Magical Thinking, Moon Tarot Tapestry, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
Agate is often used as an amulet to promote peace and happiness. Blue agate, in particular, amplifies this and is useful for calming the emotions and washing away any mental clutter you might have. Literally bookend and infuse these qualities into your reading material for the ultimate cozy experience.
West Elm, Agate Bookends, $24 – $44, available at West Elm.
The crescent is a very obvious Goddess symbol, and the word crescent comes from the Latin creare, meaning to create. It also represents time and cycles, making this an apt vessel for a tiny succulent.
Urban Outfitters, Half Moon Planter, $14, available at Urban Outfitters.
The cycles of the moon are important to magickal workings, and each phase has its own special properties. The moon is drawn on to harness her lunar power, and spells are cast in accordance with the cycles. This lovely wallpaper is a reminder of moon's importance, in every phase.
Chasing Paper, New Moon Removable Wallpaper, $59, available at Urban Outfitters.
There are so many ways to incorporate your sign into home decor, and these bold, yet simple, throw pillows stole our hearts. Grab one featuring your own sign or nab one with a sign you'd like to attract into your life.
Natures Garden Designs, Custom Astrological Constellation Throw Pillow, $24, available at Etsy.
Incense has smoldered in the world of magick for at least 5,000 years—it can be burned to direct energy, purify surrounding areas of negative vibrations, and promote consciousness. This incense burner was designed to reflect an hourglass, and thus, represent the cycle of renewal as the ash slides down and collects at the base.
CB2, SAIC Pyramid Incense Burner with Tray, $24.95, available at CB2.
This gorgeous, delicate, and modern globe is available only as a limited edition of 30 pieces. It's a beautiful map, not of the earth, but the skies above and constellations.
Secondome, MOD. SKY Stellar-Map Globe, $3,950, available at Barneys.
An adorable ring dish is another delicate way to incorporate celestial signs into your house, and reinforce your own inherent qualities from your zodiac sign.
Zinniadesignstc, Custom Zodiac Ring Dish, $27, available at Etsy.
Amethyst is an excellent tool for meditation, especially in spiritual matters. Also used for luck and protection from baneful spells, there's no reason to not place some of these beautiful and powerful crystals throughout your home.
Mapleton Drive, Candle Holder in Amethyst, $60, available at Domino.
These tumblers to keep your drinks cold are made of soapstone and marble. While soapstone is motivating and incredibly useful for maintaining a positive attitude, marble promotes strength of self-control and serenity. Depending on your goals for the evening, drop one of these into your glass.
CB2, Set of Four Drink Rocks, $19.99, available at CB2.
Herbs not only have a wide array of use within magick but are also incredibly fulfilling to grow right on the windowsill for cooking. This smart planter comes with a pair of shears on the side, so when it's time to use them, no matter the purpose, they're just a snip away.
Crate & Barrel, Herb Planter with Scissors, $29.95, available at Crate & Barrel.
Light blue and silver is the best possible color combination for nighttime slumber. While light blue affects spirituality, tranquility, peace, and protection, silver represents stability, psychic awareness, and dreams. This duvet set not only has a mesmerizing batik-like beauty to it, it's sure to inspire blissful sleep.
West Elm, Organic Stained Glass Floral Duvet Cover + Shams, $89 – $99, available at West Elm.
The mortar and pestle is an important tool for grinding and blending herbs and dried ingredients during a magickal working. However, it's also fantastic for fresh herbs, while cooking, as the process releases essential oils in the leaves.
Tom Dixon, Stone Spice Grinder, $125, available at hivemodern.