Why Is Fluted Decor Having a Moment? We Asked the Experts

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We're always curious about the decor trends we're seeing on Instagram, Pinterest, and celeb homes. And lately, we've had our eye on a certain look: fluted design and decor. You can find the style incorporated into everything from glassware to furniture to lighting. We wanted to find out ​why​ it's so popular right now, so we turned to the professionals.

For starters, they clarified that it's not ​really​ a trend. After all, you can trace its roots to classical architecture, particularly the Greek and Roman architectural orders.

Nikki Klugh of Nikki Klugh Design Group tells Hunker that she first started noticing an uptick in fluted pieces at the High Point Market in 2019.

"I was so pleased to see some of my favorite vendor partners feature this classical architectural detail made popular by ancient Grecian architects," says Klugh. "I especially love the modern twist which incorporates geometric shapes into the design. I've even noticed the patterned featured in free-flowing, curved shapes creating the calming effect of zen gardens."

Whether you spot it at a big-name retailer or a small shop, the aesthetic definitely translates across a number of looks.

"Fluting is a classic style in architecture so the aesthetic isn't new, and I've enjoyed seeing the well-deserved comeback it's making in so many applications," interior designer and HomeGoods style expert, Beth Diana Smith, tells Hunker.

It's all about texture, too. Larger fluted furniture pieces catch your eye in a space. We've seen plenty of celeb spaces that feature soft, curving furniture pieces — and fluted design fits right in with this aesthetic.

"There's a softness to the curved design that adds a whole different dimension to a room, especially when mixed with other furniture pieces," Karen Nepacena, principal designer of Destination Eichler, tells Hunker.

But we're always wary about whether investing in a trendy piece will pay off later. It might look good on the 'gram now, but what about a few years later?

"The trend is flexible enough to make a big statement or integrate in subtle ways throughout the home," says Smith.

And if you don't want to invest in a large piece, there are plenty of smaller decor finds that fit the bill. We've seen everything from vases to glassware that incorporate the style.

Nepacena especially loves this wood front buffet, which she says has an "organic texture" that "pairs well with the clean, Scandinavian design."

At the end of the day, though, it's all about what feels fitting for your aesthetic and space.

"When designing for clients I don't really follow trends, but instead try to incorporate pieces that make the space special and ultimately make the client happy," says Nepacena. "So whatever the piece, whether fluted or midcentury modern, if it works well in the space then it will last years to come."

Check out some of our fave finds below, or check out DIY projects here and here.

Living Taste Nordic Ceramic Fluted Vase, $45.78

CB2 Dina Fluted Glass Vase, $12.95

Crate & Barrel Flores Floor Lamp with Fluted Shade, $229

Osso Ceramics Handmade Ceramic Fluted Mug in Copper Red, $35

West Elm Quinn Wood Buffet, $1,299

CB2 Lineal Large Planter, $89.95

West Elm Fluted Side Table, $159

Ferm Living Ripple Glass Set in Smoked Grey, $55


Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com

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