Step Aside, Squiggles: This New Home Decor Trend Is Taking Over

published Apr 14, 2023
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White fireplace, brown sueded armchair and white dresser in neutral colored living room
Credit: Tessa Cooper

Scallops — the pattern of repeating arcs, typically seen as edging on furniture and decor — have been skyrocketing in popularity recently, and personally I’m absolutely in love. That’s because this motif manages to feel simultaneously trendy and timeless. For centuries, scallops have appeared in classic architecture and in traditional design schemes, but today’s modern interpretations are leaving their mark on everything from mirrors and lamp shades to bath mats and towels. A scalloped trim also feels slightly more refined than its other free-form cousins, the squiggle and the wavy edge, but still achieves the same softness and whimsy.

If you’re already a fan of fluid, organic shapes, you can easily incorporate this “new” take on curvy design into your space, too. Here are a few of my favorite scalloped-edged decor pieces, available now from West Elm, Pottery Barn, Amazon, and more.

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West Elm

Although technically sold by West Elm Kids, scallops absolutely should not be limited to a children’s room or nursery! The arched trim on this flush mount elevates an otherwise simple light fixture, adding just a touch of grown-up sweetness to any room.

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Pottery Barn

Easily incorporate this trend into your bathroom with this organic cotton bath mat from Pottery Barn. The scalloped border along the edges emphasizes its curved outline. Plus, the blue and white color combination is classic and timeless.

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was $56.84

Consider this scalloped-edge rattan picture frame from Amazon the perfect way to dip your toe into this trend. It’s not too big — nor too expensive — and would add just the right amount of textured visual interest to a gallery wall or tabletop.

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Ballard Designs
was $89.00

Here’s another low-commitment way to incorporate the style into your home: Switch out a plain lampshade for this scalloped-edge alternative. The difference may appear more subtle, given its solid white linen construction, but this little detail can instantly take your bedroom or living room to the next level.

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PB Teen

Although officially sold by PB Teen, this scalloped LoveShackFancy sheet set, available in twin, full, and queen sizes, feels far from juvenile. No need to swap out your current quilt or comforter either, as this embroidered style can pair with just about any other bedding for a more elevated look.

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Make a big scalloped statement — without splurging on an entirely new bed frame — with this velvet Amazon headboard. Priced at $161.61 for a full/queen, it’s fairly affordable, given the unique, trendy design, and it’s available in six other colors as well as three total bed sizes.

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Ballard Designs
was $299.00

This mirror is a bit of a splurge, but it’s undeniably beautiful, thanks to two scalloped frame options: classic white or the softest shade of blue. The combination of the rectangular glass with the soft, rounded edging would also work well in any hallway, nursery, or bathroom.