This Glamourous Art Deco Design Detail Is Back, and It’s So Versatile

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When you think of Art Deco style interiors, sleek metals, geometric patterns, and plush fabrics may come to mind. But there was another design detail used throughout the Art Deco period that’s everywhere again — especially on glass. If you guessed reeding, which refers to the technique of carving into or creating ridges in a surface, you’d be correct. Right now, reeded glass is popping up again on everything from windows and lights to tabletop pieces and doors — and so much more. 

Not only used on glass objects during the Art Deco movement, reeding also appeared on decor — especially on trim work and furniture. In keeping with the streamlined shapes and geometric forms of the time, reeding introduced glamour and visual interest as a design detail while still having a certain simplicity about it. Even though reeding is an ancient technique that originated well before the Art Deco period, it was during this time that it gained popularity, and now it’s back in a big way.

As an architectural feature, reeded glass creates depth when used on windows, doors, room dividers, and shower screens in a home. The ribbed look provides privacy without sacrificing light, which is a huge advantage of this design detail. That’s exactly why it’s also taking over kitchen and bathroom cabinet insert panels, too. You can hide away your things without the visual heaviness of solid doors. The only downside? Large panes of textured glass, whether for a door or a window, can be pricey. 

If you’re after the real thing on a budget, you can still get the look with smaller decor. Drinking glasses, vases, lighting, and almost any category of item that features glass construction can be found with reeding. Some ceramics even mimic this pattern, too. I rounded up a few reeded items for you, so you can get the look for less in your space.

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Fool-the-Eye Film

Here’s a little workaround for the high price tag of reeded window or cabinet glass: You can get the look using peel-and-stick reeded privacy film for a tiny fraction of the cost. That way, you can DIY your way to the effect in minutes.

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A Do-It-All Dispenser
was $62.95

Sometimes you’ll see reeding called fluting; they’re not exactly interchangeable, but they’re very similar. I love the look of this drink dispenser from JoyJolt, which features a ribbed texture that wraps around its surface. There's also an interior tube for infusing fruit into beverages.

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Shapely and Sweet
West Elm
was $7.00

These beautiful reeded glasses come as individuals or in a set of four or eight. They’re made of acrylic but look like glass so you don’t have to worry about breakage.

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Lights Fantastic
Crate & Barrel

If you’re looking for a bathroom light with this kind of ribbing, consider the Soleil Sconce from Crate & Barrel, which is available in both two- and three-bulb configurations. It’s a versatile piece that looks like jewelry for the home, thanks to its ridged shade and gold finish. You can also mount the light horizontally, if you prefer that orientation.

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Textured Vessel
Burke Decor

Choose from a black or off-white colorway for this ceramic reeded vase. It’ll shine on a shelf, whether empty or full of flowers.