This Is the Texture You’re About to See Everywhere in 2024, According to Designers

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Yellow kitchen with fluted wood cabinets, parquet floor, window bar and dining table
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Searching for the secret to layering your home without adding more clutter? Fluting is the answer. Originally found in ancient Greek architecture and revived in the Art Deco era, these ribbed grooves have been everywhere lately — and with good reason. Fluting is a versatile and adaptive addition you can easily squeeze into your home, whether via architecture and millwork, or on smaller surfaces, like a cool kitchen sink, the base of coffee tables, and glassware. I’ve even seen this technique applied at design fairs and showhouses from Milan to New York City.

Similar to the obsession with all-bouclé-everything or patinated finishes, designers are also gravitating toward textures that don’t overwhelm a space, which helps explain fluting’s current popularity. “A fluted material feels fluid and sophisticated and allows texture to be incorporated in new applications, including ribbed glass and millwork,” says Dan Mazzarini, principal and creative director of BHDM Design and ARCHIVE by Dan Mazzarini.

“Ribbing always feels a little deluxe,” adds Peter Spalding, CCO and co-founder of designer marketplace Daniel House Club. “A sense of decadence has been in for several years now, and ribbed pieces reinforce this narrative without veering into ornate territory.”

According to Mazzarini, this texture transcends trends as well, as ribbed and fluted materials keep coming back into the spotlight for their timeless elegance. Spalding agrees. “I think ribbing will always be with us,” he says. “We will see its prevalence on things like bar fronts, credenzas, and light fixtures fairly soon.”

Wondering where to start with styling ribbed materials? Check out the fluted furniture and decor picks below that add visual interest and a tactile touch to any space.

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Mazzarini suggests heading to CB2 for eye-catching fluted kitchenware. “I just purchased a set of ribbed glassware from CB2 for an extra little sparkle when setting the table and included ribbed glass cabinetry in my city apartment.” Beyond that, the brand has no shortage of chic fluted lighting, too.

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Give yourself the royal treatment with this Greek column-like drink table. It’s small-space-friendly to fit into any corner, or it can be the perfect companion to your living room accent chair. Made from earthenware, the table has a semi-matte glaze that allows the ribbed details to truly shine.

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Retro but contemporary, this cabinet will keep your favorite items on display in style. The ribbed glass doors help to slightly conceal whatever’s hidden within, but they open easily with a simple push to access books, extra serveware, and more.

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These ribbed pillar candles are the piece your dining room table is missing. Sold in a set of three, they look elegant and dramatic but won’t break the bank.

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For a pop of color, these fluted Art Deco-inspired drinking glasses are too pretty to hide away in cupboards! Available in an array of gemstone shades, they’ll be your go-to for both hosting and everyday use.