Squiggly Decor Is the Funky Design Trend That Will Instantly Cheer Up Your Home
Wavy lines and curvy shapes add a playful twist to furniture and accessories. Learn the history behind this quirky trend and check out our favorite picks for squiggly decor.
Chevron had its shining moment throughout the 2010s, when repeating angular lines zigzagged across furniture, walls, and almost every accessory in our homes. As this once-prevailing pattern finally fades away, it's being replaced by a looser, curvier pattern: the squiggle. Popping up on mirrors, area rugs, and tabletop items like candlesticks and vases, this quirky shape is poised to become the chevron of this decade.
Wavy decor was recently called out by Etsy as a top design trend for 2021. The company reported a whopping 28,236% increase in searches for wavy candles and a 5,296% increase in searches for wavy mirrors over the past three months, compared to the same time last year. "As shoppers increasingly look for creative additions to their homes, these wavy decor pieces are eye-catching conversation-starters and add a touch of playfulness to any home," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert.
Groovy blob shapes and doodle-like patterns feel fresh and fun in today's interiors, but squiggly decor got its start decades ago with the radical Memphis design movement, Johnson says. Founded in 1980 in Milan, Italy, the Memphis Group was a collective of designers and architects whose colorful, attention-grabbing style verged on the bizarre. (The group's name comes from a Bob Dylan song that was playing on repeat during their first meeting.) The movement eschewed the structured minimalism of midcentury modern designs, drawing inspiration from the geometric forms and vibrant colors of Art Deco and Pop Art aesthetics. Punchy colors, unexpected shapes, and squiggly patterns defined the kitschy, rule-breaking style that still appeals today.
To incorporate the squiggly decor trend into your space, start with small touches, Johnson suggests. For example, try swapping a standard mirror or vase with a curvier design for an unexpected accent. "Any item that typically incorporates geometric shapes—like lines, arches, or squares—can easily take on a wavy form," she says. The effect is slightly wacky, to be sure, but a little strangeness can bring a lot of joy. Snag one of these squiggly decor picks to add some cheer to your space.
Colorful Wavy Candles
Brighten up a dining room tablescape or a living room vignette with these fun pastel candles. The squiggly design is handcrafted from 100% soy wax and measures 24 centimeters tall (about 9 inches). Light them to release the scent, or leave them unlit for a pretty decorative accent.
With a curvy abstract shape, this mirror can serve as a funky makeup mirror or a stylish accent on a side table or shelf. The frameless design stands up with the help of a wood base. The mirror measures approximately 9 x 10 inches.
Buy It: All Things Shared Decorative Acrylic Mirror with Stand ($20, Amazon)
Pastel Squiggle Rug
Wavy lines give this shag rug retro appeal. The 1-inch pile provides a plush feel underfoot, and color options include pastel pink, blue-green, and red. It's available in sizes ranging from 1 x 3 feet to 8 x 10 feet.
Buy It: Novogratz Retro Collection Retro Wave Shag Area Rug ($39-$314, Amazon)