Dating back all the way to the ancient Mycenaeans and Egyptians, fluting is a classic design element that adds texture, pattern, and a sense of rhythm to both buildings and furniture. Traditionally associated with Greek columns and the neoclassical revival of the 18th century, fluting is now making another comeback, showing up in virtually every contemporary design style from Scandinavian minimalism to modern farmhouse.
This scalloped or ribbed motif brings visual interest to tables, headboards, lamps, cabinetry, and all kinds of other objects around the home. Today, interior designers are modernizing fluted furniture by focusing on neutral and nature-inspired colors, especially for spring and summer. You’ll most commonly see it incorporated into cast concrete or wood pieces, with the rounded vertical flutes ranging from subtle and narrow to wide and exaggerated.
Looking to incorporate the fluted furniture trend into your decor? Here are five standout pieces available for purchase, plus three bonus DIY projects if you’re feeling handy.
Quinn Lacquer 6-Drawer Dresser by West Elm
Available in white or a more rustic wood look, West Elm’s Quinn Lacquer 6-Drawer Dresser features fluted drawer fronts, metal hardware, and thin metal legs.
Talma Ceramic Toothbrush Holder by Urban Outfitters
Bring fluting into the bathroom with the Talma line of bathroom accessories from Urban Outfitters. Along with a toothbrush holder, you’ll find a matching stash box and soap dish in shades of deep green and cheerful pink.
Fluted Table Lamp in Gilded Iron by William Sonoma
When it comes to lamps, fluting is typically reserved for fabric or glass shades, but it’s nice how this sturdy iron table lamp by Williams Sonoma recalls classical Greek columns with its shape.
Textured Collection Side Table by West Elm
Available in white, terra cotta, pink, or gray, West Elm’s Textured Collection Side Table is handcrafted from earthenware and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a pleasing sculptural quality to it, too, enhanced by its hand-molded shape and subtle glaze.
Linco Console Table by AllModern
Here’s a fun spin on fluted furniture. AllModern’s Linco Console Table is technically caged rather than fluted, but its shape mimics the same look with an airy and open effect. It’s made of black metal and features two shelves beneath a tabletop.
DIY Fluted Dresser by House Beautiful and Minwax
DIY Fluted Side Table by Juniper Home
Juniper Home put together this chic round side table with a brilliant hack. The base is a cardboard concrete form, which she had cut to just the right height. Half-round dowels and a marble top finish the look. To make this project even more affordable, head to your local salvage yard for a piece of marble left over from somebody’s kitchen renovation.
DIY Fluted Coffee Table by Pennies for a Fortune
After falling in love with a pricey fluted coffee table, blogger Fariha of Pennies for a Fortune decided to recreate it herself with boards and dowels. The result is gorgeous, especially with the natural wood tones.