Creating a dark and spooky lot for your Sim Vampires doesn’t have to fill you with dread. You may be building a set for your supernatural love story, or you may just want a lovely weed-infested crypt for your undead legacy. If you’re not very familiar yet with using Sims 4 Vampire decor, here are five tips to help create the perfect atmosphere, with the help of the Sims 4 Vampires game pack (of course).
Old buildings may have that foreboding sense of history that would be perfect for your nostalgic vampire. Doing a little bit of research on how old houses and castles were built can help improve your building skills overall. Creating lots with historical architecture in mind and using Sims 4 Vampire decor for accents might help make your ancient vampire feel a little more at home.
Tip: Gargoyles, also known in architectural terms as “grotesques”, are actually decorative spouts designed to keep water away from the sides of buildings. Legend has it that they’re carved as ugly creatures to frighten enemies away. Look for Gargoyles under “Decorative >Sculpture”, or in “Build > Wall sculpture” and use the cheatcode “bb.moveobjects on” to place them. Your sleeping vampire will feel safer!
2. Death is all around you:
You don’t have a lot of time to do any gardening when you spend the sunlight hours in your crypt. Add dead foliage to your graveyard for that creepy curb appeal. Don’t forget to use terrain paint to kill the lawn!
3. Wear and tear:
Your old house is going to be subject to some wear and tear, especially if your vampires have been spending most of their undeath throwing fabulous parties. Use the stains, cracks, and cobwebs in “Decorations > Paintings” to give your lot that “lived in” feel.
Tip: Use the cheat code bb.moveobjects on to add the wall decor anywhere, such as cracks on the glass panes and vines on fencing.
4. Desaturate your color palette:
It’s a well known secret in home design that color can set the mood to a room. If the mood you’re looking for is the sense of impending gloom and creeping fear, try subduing your palette and stick to greys, dull beiges and cool blues when adding decor.
You can also use lighting to further dank up the atmosphere, which brings us to the last tip…
5. Kill the lights:
Much of the time adding the right amount of lighting can set a mood. You may want to set aside the bright fluorescent sconces here and keep to the old style lanterns and candles (Sims 4 “City Living” and “Get Together” has some lamps and candles that work well here too). Click on a light and select “Color and Intensity” to dim your lights. Depending on your light source, add a light color: warm whites and gold hues for candle flames and old filament electric lamps, or cool whites and blues for more of a ghostly ambiance.
Tip: Use some of the richer reddish hues for some demonic flair.
You can also just turn off the lights and use the atmospheric lighting to cast dramatic shadows. I do not recommend using natural daylight for your Vampire lighting needs.
I hope this post was helpful! Share your helpful Sims 4 Vampire decor tips in the comments!