We Reimagined Famous ‘Game of Thrones’ Castles as Modern-Day Homes, and We’re Ready to Move In

published May 19, 2019
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After eight years, more than 70 episodes, and innumerable fan theories, the grand finale of HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones” is finally here. Now that our watch is officially ended—and after this, let’s just say, controversial final season—we thought it would be fun to have some lighthearted GOT fun.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, lighthearted and “Game of Thrones” don’t usually appear in the same sentence. But come on, haven’t we been through enough? We’ve seen buildings crumble, direwolves separated from their Stark counterparts, favorite characters perish (or become weird mystical creatures, ‘sup Bran), and our own faith in the showrunners falter. But despite it all, we turn in every Sunday, squint at our screens to see through the darkness, and wait with baited breath to see how this story will end. And then we promptly sign on to Twitter to scream about everything we hated.

So, to get us all in a calm state of mind before finding out who will ascend to the Iron Throne—if it survived Dany’s fire and blood-soaked rampage—we decided to imagine what some of the show’s most famous castles would like as modern-day homes. And hey, now that our Sunday nights are free, maybe these illustrations will inspire some weekend redecorating.


The Stark family castle sits in the North, so you know it’s cold (even when Winter isn’t officially here) so the modern-day version of their castle would be full of warming details. Think: thick, insulated curtains, plenty of faux fur accents in dark colors, and small nods to the direwolves who represent the Stark family. The furnishings would be rustic but well-made, lots of natural wood and stone, but with rich materials like jacquard in neutral colors to nod towards the family’s noble status. Winterfell famously has crypts underneath where the family’s dead are buried, and remembered with a life-size statue. Obviously modern day homes don’t afford the space for that, but the family focus would be on display though a gallery wall of portraits.

The Red Keep

The home of the Iron Throne, The Red Keep in today’s world would feature the same arched doorways and brick-colored walls present in the castle, but on a much smaller scale. The floor would be a warm-toned marble, similar to what we see on the show, and the star sigil that adorns the castle’s windows would be reimagined as a trendy starburst mirror. As we’ve mostly seen the Lannister family reside in The Red Keep throughout the show, the home would heavily feature red and gold tones, and a framed image of the family’s lion sigil. And, of course, there would be a commanding gray accent chair that echoes the style of the Iron Throne itself.

Castle Black

The home of the Night’s Watch would be the most rustic of the modern homes, with subdued walls, and a fully neutral color palette. The furniture would prioritize function over form, so everything would be simple, rustic, and to the point. No frills or rich fabrications here. But there would be a vintage-looking iron space heater, to acknowledge the cold weather that the Watch endures. The black fur rug adds an extra layer of warmth, and reminds us of the fur cloaks worn by members of the Watch.


The ancestral home of the Targaryan family would be marked by dragon motifs, from the wall art to the objects filling the space. In contrast to the opulence of The Red Keep, sharp shapes and a gray-heavy palette would dominate the space. An asymmetrical armchair, similar to the Dragonstone throne, would be the main focal point of the sparse, austere space.

High Garden

The former family home of the Tyrells, High Garden would be the lightest and brightest of the modern homes. It would be packed full of plants, and of course, plenty of roses. The family sigil is of a golden rose on a green field background, so that motif would feature heavily throughout the space, with lush green walls and floors and luxe gold accents. Light blush tones would soften all of the greens, while keeping with the nature-inspired theme.