This Was the Home Decor Trend We Saw Everywhere This Year

published Dec 26, 2023
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Credit: Tessa Cooper

Interior design trends come and go. But some trends, like the craze of limewash walls or the prominence of checkerboard prints, seem like they’re here to stay. So it didn’t seem like a coincidence when more homeowners included scalloped detailing throughout their homes in 2023. 

Scallops are rounded, fluid shapes and add playful touches to walls, furniture, and home accessories. The organic form complements colorful spaces (we’ve even seen all-black scallops!) and seamlessly juxtaposes straight lines to bring fun to a space. There are so many clever and stylish ways to incorporate this shape into your home — below, find inspiration from real homeowners and renters. 

Credit: Julia Arceri

1. A Scalloped Table Brings the Drama to an Already Jaw-Dropping Room

Situated in the middle of the “green” room in Julia Arceri’s European-inspired Houston home is a round table. But it’s no ordinary circular table — the edges are scalloped, which makes the table the room’s focal point. It perfectly complements and juxtaposes the hard lines in the rug and moldings. 

Visit the full home tour to see the rest of Arceri’s gorgeous home. 

2. A Scalloped Chair Is a Great Addition to This Maximalist Home

When Laura Harstein moved into her colorful, eclectic home, it wasn’t what it is today. Instead, it was a blank slate. However, soon enough, Harstein added personality through unique paint and fun furniture, like a scalloped-edge chair. 

See more of Harstein’s space in the full home tour.

3. A Vintage Scalloped Swivel Chair Is the Perfect Greeter in This Apartment

Katie and Cody’s mid-century modern apartment in Los Angeles is brimming with gorgeous vintage finds. One such furniture gem is the scalloped swivel chair that greets visitors in their entryway. The mid-century modern chair pairs nicely with the gold gilded mirror. 

Explore the other vintage furniture finds in the full home tour

4. A Scalloped Chair Adds a Colorful Pop to This Barbie-core Bungalow

A green-colored velvet chair slices through the pink hues in Ashley Martin’s Barbie-core bungalow. Not only does it look super comfortable, but the luxe design also adds a whimsical shape to the colorful and peaceful room.   

See more of Martin’s pink paradise in the full home tour

5. There Are Scalloped-Details Galore in This Cottage

Scalloped details — like in the striped bathroom mirror, bathroom cabinets, and nursery shelves — add a modern, playful touch to Anne-Laure’s 300-year-old cottage. When the couple purchased the home, they sought a fixer-upper that boasted character. However, their renovations (including scalloped details) add even more personality to the space. 

Visit the full home tour to see how they’ve renovated their historic cottage. 

Credit: Tessa Cooper

6. A Scalloped Pendant Brings Light and Style to a Parisian-Inspired Home

When designing her apartment in New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood, Shelby Vanhoy looked to Paris. The home is filled with vintage pieces like the white scalloped pendant that hangs over the dining nook in her cozy home. 

Explore the rooms of Vanhoy’s gorgeous space in the full home tour

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7. A Scalloped Jute Rug Adds Texture and Shape to a Dramatic Dining Room

The scalloped details continue in Shelby Vanhoy’s New York City apartment. A scalloped-edge rug from Serena & Lily adds texture and shape to the dining room, which already has a wallpapered ceiling. 

See more of Vanhoy’s gorgeous apartment in the full home tour

8. Painted Scallops Are a Fun Design Pop in This Colorful Nursery

Scallops are known for being playful, so it’s a no-brainer to display them in kids’ bedrooms. In Mica’s daughter’s nursery in their colorful Tampa home, scalloped edging lines the top of the wall paneling. The scallops are painted on and are an eye-catching detail that’s so much fun. 

Visit the full home tour to see more of Mica’s colorful space. 

Credit: Shona East

9. Scalloped Details Frame the Window in This Colorful Kids’ Bedroom

The scalloped details in Shona East’s daughters’ room in their colorful home are never-ending (in the best possible way). Whether it’s the painted scalloped detailing framing the window or the bright yellow scalloped shelves, the shape makes the space feel happier. 

Explore the colorful rooms in East’s full home tour

Credit: Shona East

10. Black Scalloped Details Add Drama and Fun to a Kid’s Room

The painted scallop designs extend into the nursery in Shona East’s color-drenched home. This particular use proves that the design is playful — they’re painted black and yet are still whimsical and light. East’s decision to juxtapose the curved and straight lines makes for a lot of visual fun, too. 

See the rest of East’s gorgeous home in the full home tour

11. Floral Patterns Perfectly Pair with a Scalloped-Edge Table

Floral patterns are playful and fun, so it’s no surprise that the decor in the living room of Ellen Mallernee’s 1918 cottage seamlessly blends with a scalloped table. “My house is a direct representation of who I am. Look around, and you see all the things I love — from floral patterns to scallop trim to nautical accessories, and antiques and textiles I’ve collected over the years,” Mallernee wrote at the time of the tour. 

Check out the full home tour to see how Mallernee transformed her historic cottage. 

Credit: Shona East

12. The Painted Scallops on These Dining Room Pendants Are Eye-Catching

The scallop party never ends in Shona East’s colorful home — thank gosh! Above her dining room table are two pendants with scalloped edging on the bottom. “It was so liberating being able to experiment with color and having permission to paint murals, scallops, and stripes all over the house,” East said at the time of the home tour.

Visit the full home tour to see all of the scallops.