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Design Trends: Ceramic Home Accessories

As trends come and go and materials fall in and out of favor, one material that never seems to go out of style is ceramic. While they may not always be front and center, ceramic home accessories can always find a place in every room, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Whether it’s in a practical form or decorative one, this classic material’s versatility has something to offer for everyone.

Ceramic is a broad term that includes a variety of materials like porcelain and terracotta. One of the most ancient industries on the planet, ceramics are created from clay that is mixed with water, shaped and fired at high temperatures. Becoming part of the human existence on a regular basis as early as 24000 BC in the form of small figurines. Tiles and functional pottery vessels for food and water storage followed.

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When the industrial revolution arrived, we were able to begin manufacturing ceramics in large quantities. Fast forward to today and you can find ceramics throughout your home. From dishes to decorative pieces to flowerpots and lamps, ceramic is a natural material that appeals to the senses.

In 2017, ceramics will be moving front and center again, especially in the form of home décor. Whether you want to add an earthy natural vibe to your room or an artisanal one, ceramic vases, pots, lamps, tableware and decorative objects will provide just the right look.


Pleated Earthenware from Umbra

Terracotta pieces are great options if you’re looking for a raw, natural texture and an earthy tone. The inherent warm color of the material without a glaze makes it a really great option for flower pots and planters. The material is porous in nature, allowing water and air to pass through the walls of the pot, and therefore promoting healthy plants by staving off root rot. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, terracotta can be used indoors and out.

Glazed Ceramic Decor

Glazed ceramic pots are another great way to bring ceramic into your space. Available in all kinds of shapes and sizes with glossy or matte glazes, I really love this shapely ceramic vase from Blomus. It’s hefty enough to house a plant, or swap with favorite flowers from week to week.

Strypy Vase by Jaime Hayon, from Bosa

Almost everyone has at least one vase around the house. Great on their own or with some fresh blooms, these accent pieces are easy to move from place to place and come in a large range of shapes and sizes. For a bold and eye-catching look, try a graphic stripe or pattern to make a powerful statement.

Tonale Vases by David Chipperfield, from Alessi

If subtle pieces are more your thing, soft colors are great option. Try a muted tone in a simple shape, and you have an inviting piece that easily blends in without disappearing.

Ceramics for the Tabletop

New Norm Dinnerware by Norm Architects, from Menu A/S

When its time to set the table, ceramic plates and dishes are time-tested in the task of serving food. Plus, they can create an elegant look. I love the soft, cool color palettes like the ones found in Menu’s New Norm Dinnerware.

Tue Collection from Zafferano

For something more fun and vibrant, bowls and plates in mixed colors and patterns add a lot of character to the table.

Stoneware from Another Country

Raw and natural pieces, with a mix of earth tones and both glossy and matte textures, will bring a more rustic and warm look to the table.

Beautiful and versatile, ceramic home accessories never really go out of style. From soft colors to bold patterns and everything in between, these natural pieces bring warmth and elegance to modern spaces.

Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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