Round Sculptural Spheres Are the Trendy, Soothing Shape Every Room Needs Right Now

published Jan 27, 2021
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Tesselated stone table in designer Shannon Claire's apartment

Spherical shapes are everywhere these days. Just take a look on Instagram or flip through your favorite home stores’ spring catalogs, and you’ll see what I mean: metal orbs sitting pretty on shelves, a marble ball topping a stack of design books, and half-circles or large stone spheres serving as the bases of tables. Most of what you’ll find comes in stone, plaster, metal, or resin, and they’re all great material options for adding sculptural curvature wherever you put them. My advice is to introduce your spheres in relatively small doses, pairing them with softer touches to prevent a space from feeling too stark or cold. Whether you’re in the market for a small spherical accent or a large furniture item that can transform your living room, these eight rounded pieces caught my eye and might just catch yours, too.

Lemieux et Cie Varenne Sphere Decorative Objects

This artful ceramic object is absolutely stunning; I’ve spotted it in my local Anthropologie several times and always admire its luxe, incised swirly look. Grab one (or both sizes!) of this design and place yours on your built-ins or coffee table for some extra pizzazz.

Buy: Lemieux et Cie Varenne Sphere Decorative Object, Starting at $49.00 from Anthropologie

Suzanne Kasler Monde Volcanic Ash Spheres

Prefer a less glam and more organic look for your decorative accents? These Suzanne Kasler spheres for Ballard Designs are sure to satisfy the minimalist that also likes a decorative accessory or two. One thing to note: These pieces are quite large and are actually made of volcanic ash mixed with resin, so the pricing reflects that. They’re also outdoor-friendly, too, so feel free to display them on your patio or balcony.

Buy: Suzanne Kasler Monde Volcanic Ash Sphere, Starting at $99.00 $84.15

Credit: Etsy

Postmodern Tessellated Mactan Stone Side Table

I’m spotting 1980s tessellated stone side and coffee tables like this one all the time, whether while browsing Etsy or scrolling through Facebook Marketplace and Instagram. This style has made a major comeback over the past year, and the pieces I’ve seen tend to be pretty affordable, if you know where to look.

Buy: Postmodern Tessellated Mactan Stone Side Table, $201.00 from Etsy

Credit: 1st Dibs

Cast Resin ‘Bilbouquet’ Side Table

Not into the full circle look? Half-circles are fair game, too! Try a piece like this sculptural side table, which makes for a fun variation on the spherical trend. Though pricey, this particular design is indoor- and outdoor-friendly, making it a versatile investment piece that’ll stand up well to wear and tear.

Buy: Cast Resin ‘Bilbouquet’ Side Table, Natural Stone Finish by Zachary A. Design, $680.00 from 1st Dibs

Credit: CB2

Darbuka Coffee Table

I’m also lusting over this half-circle shaped coffee table from CB2, which is also approved for indoor/outdoor use. Sizable and chic, it will add the perfect modern touch to any living space. Style it with brass or matte white accents to create a beautiful, high contrast tableaux.

Buy: Darbuka Coffee Table, $699.00 from CB2

Sonali Dining Table

Looking for something a bit more subtle? With its rounded pedestal base, this splurge-worthy dining table makes for the perfect compromise. It’s a touch classic and a touch mod. The ash wood hue means that you can pair it with practically any color of seating, though something with black upholstery or trim will set it off nicely.

Buy: Sonali Dining Table, $1,698.00 from Anthropologie

Credit: CB2

Limestone Sphere

Hand-carved in Bali, this limestone sphere would be the perfect accent on a desk or side table atop a stack of magazines or papers. According to the product description, each piece has different holes, tones, and edging, so yours will be one-of-a-kind.

Buy: Limestone Sphere, $34.95 from CB2

Aldo Side Table

This cute side table comes with a fun twist — a charming spherical base! It makes for an adorable surface to set a cup of coffee or a cocktail while lounging in the living room and is sure to pop, thanks to its unique, mottled pink base.

Buy: Aldo Side Table, $363.00 from France and Son