This Classic Decorating Trend is Back, and You Can Totally Find It on Amazon for Cheap

updated Jul 22, 2020
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I would describe my decorating style as a little bit classic and a little bit eclectic, and that may be the reason I love bust sculptures so much. They have a traditional air, but can also be styled to look contemporary and quirky, if that’s more your thing. You can use them on shelves, tables, to top stacks of books, and lately, I’ve noticed people really going all in on the museum angle and placing them atop marble and mirrored pedestals.

I’ve incorporated various busts throughout my apartment and am always on the hunt for additional pieces. While I’ve had luck sourcing mine at flea markets and antique shops, I’ve also scored a couple on Etsy and at H&M Home in the past. Shopping vintage IRL is a little trickier these days, but I’m rounding up a few of my favorite sculptures that you can purchase online with just a click. Lucky for you, my latest score was actually an Amazon find, so keep an eye out for the scoop on that below, too.

Credit: CB2

Judy Bust Statue

This CB2 bust sculpture is a head turner, and while it’s on the more expensive side, “Judy” is pretty large at over 20 inches tall. She’d look absolutely stately styled on a bookshelf, entryway table, fireplace mantel, you name it. There’s a good reason why this piece has gotten dozens of positive reviews and stayed in rotation at CB2 for so long.

Buy: Judy Bust Statue, $149 from CB2

Sculpted Bust Bank

For something on a smaller scale, try this stoneware bust that’s also a handy bank. At just over 7 inches tall, it’ll fit nicely on a bedroom dresser or into a top of nightstand vignette. You could even put one on a shelf near your entry, where it will hold spare change and make a decorative statement.

Buy: Sculpted Bust Bank, $18 from Urban Outfitters

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Katlife Ceramic Pot Planter

Busts are now also being turned into fun planters, and I’m all for it! A piece like this is the perfect way to try this trend and a touch of color and quirk to a windowsill or side table.

Buy: Katife Ceramic Pot Planter, $33.99 from Wayfair

Credit: H&M Home

Ceramic Vase

Though it’s not quite a bust by the strictest of definitions, I love this headless torso-meets-vase from H&M Home. At nearly a foot tall, a sculptural vessel like this will make an impact on any dining table or mantel and is a stylish alternative to the typical glass florist container.

Buy: Ceramic Vase – White, $29.99 from H&M Home

Credit: Etsy

Carved African Bust Sculpture

Carved from a single piece of ironwood, this beautiful bust is vintage and on the smaller side, but very sturdy. At 8 inches tall, it’s a prime piece for styling out a coffee table, without or with greenery as shown above.

Buy: Carved African Bust Sculpture, $68.00 from Etsy

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David Bust

Busts on stands or plinths have an extra layer of elegance and bring a museum-like quality to a space. This Pottery Barn piece, which appears to be inspired by Michelangelo’s legendary “David” statue, looks like something you might find at an antique store but is reasonably priced for its size—just under 9 inches tall.

Buy: David Bust, $79 from Pottery Barn

Mildura Statue

This funky pink bust with gold streak accents is the perfect finishing touch for a space that’s lacking a shot of bold color. Also available in blue, this resin style’s a splurge, but it’s definitely one of the most unique, colorful busts I’ve seen in all of my online browsing.

Buy: Mildura Statue, $188 from Karen Jai Home

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Venus de Milo Bust Statue

I own and love this bust sculpture and am always recommending it to friends. The dark base is sturdy and adds nice contrast to the piece, and I’ve styled it a bunch of different ways in my space over the past several months. Note that it also comes in and out of stock on Amazon, so if you don’t see it listed, check back a few weeks down the line. Amazon also has a full Venus de Milo style statue, too, if you don’t want to wait for the bust version—plus, lots of other affordable busts (many on Prime, too) if you search around a bit.

Buy: Venus de Milo Bust Statue, $35.95 from Design Toscano

Female Form Vase

Again, while not quite a bust sculpture, this female form vase is another excellent choice for those who love quirky, body-shaped accents. At just over $15, it won’t set you back too much, especially for a spontaneous buy.

Buy: Female Form Vase, $16 from Urban Outfitters