Meet Ceramic Bells: 2020’s Answer to Last Year’s Woven Wall Hanging Trend

published Dec 4, 2019
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I’m all about simple ways to liven up my walls as much as the next person. Framed prints, posters, and photos have definitely been there for me when I needed them most. And then late last year, when woven wall hangings came out of hiding from the 1970s, I was on board. But there’s a new kid on the block, and I’m kind of crushing hard on—wait for it—ceramic bells.

Exactly what they sound like, these hanging bells are popping up more and more in interiors. With all sorts of styles, colors, and sizes available in a range of prices, you can add them to any room in your home for an easy, chic solution to bare walls. Plus, they can have a subtle spirituality and peaceful tranquility to them, if you’re into channeling those kinds of vibes. Get inspired by some of our favorite uses of ceramic bells then browse our shopping picks so you can get to hanging your own. 

Designer Emily Henderson wanted a clean, California casual look in her last living room, so she used a trio of ceramic bells with a simple pattern to add interest to her wall without overcrowding it with decor. This area would probably be too small for a piece of art, but ceramic bells are the perfect size. They hold their own visually without stealing the spotlight from the stone fireplace focal point to their right.

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Another great thing about bells: They’re not limited to one season. When December rolled around in her new home, Henderson hung her bells over her garland-draped piano for a subtle addition to this holiday vignette. You can actually find a lot of Christmasy-looking bells, if you want to try this trend out as part of your holiday decorating.

Blogger and designer Kaitrin Degan added soft bohemian vibes to this otherwise masculine-feeling mid-century modern room with a single white bell above a chair. It’s a simple touch, but it has a big impact. 

Two larger bells with geometric patterns contribute to the minimalist bohemian aesthetic in this living room from designer Brittany Hebert Boothby’s Instagram. Thick wooden pegs hold the bells, which are by 2232 Ceramics, at staggered lengths. 

Three white and tan bells in varying sizes also hang from wooden pegs in designer Erin Conway’s natural living room. The tan bells echo the rest of the room’s organic wood tones, so they fit in perfectly.

And if you’re looking for a DIY option, you can make your own “bells” with a couple terracotta planters, as blogger Maggie Minhas did. Talk about a cheap, chic thrill! She found these patterned planters in the Target dollar spot, but you could definitely recreate this project with plain terracotta planters and some paint.

So far we’ve seen bells used on their own, but they also can work in a larger gallery wall arrangement. The combination of bold bells and colorful art above gives the wall at Morningtide, a decor shop in California, an eclectic, collected feel. 

If you’re convinced ceramic bells can have a decorative place at home and now want some for your space, start your search here:

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CP Clay Art Ceramic Bell

These handmade bells add a personal touch to any room. Choose from four colors and three patterns for wall decor that will totally match your style and space.

Buy: CP Clay Art Ceramic Bell, $46 at Etsy

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MQuan Custom Astrological Thrown Bell Round

Artist Michele Quan of Mquan has been hand-making ceramic bells for years, and her amazing designs are definitely special—and expensive. What could be better than a handmade bell painted with your astrological sign?

Buy: Custom Astrological Thrown Bell Round, starting at $345 at MQuan Studio

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Katherine Moes Dry Desert Raw Bell

Ceramicist Katherine Moes makes these sweet bells out of clay, clay beads, and twine. A cluster of these in different finishes would be a great way to fill the blank space above a headboard in a quiet, minimalist bedroom.

Buy: Katherine Moes Dry Desert Raw Bell, $40 each at Morningtide

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Target Stoneware Wind Chimes

I’m always down for a good Target find, and this set of earthenware bells with black stripes is one of my favorites. Their simple design will look great in any room.

Buy: 3-Pack Stoneware Wind Chimes, $16.99/3-Pack at Target

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Muddy Heart Ceramic Bells

These wide-rimmed bells come in a variety of neutral colors that will give your home a natural, earthy feel.

Buy: Muddy Heart Ceramic Bells, $70 at Etsy

L and M Studio Large Porcelain Bell

Add a bit of shine to a wall with these white porcelain bells coated in a clear glaze. They’ll glimmer without adding too much bling to your space.

Buy: L and M Studio Large Porcelain Bell, $105 at Etsy

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Stoneware Bells With Wood Beads

Try this set of stoneware bells to fill blank wall next space to a door or your television.

Buy: Creative Co-op Stoneware Bells with Wood Beads, $29.99 at Amazon/Set of 2