Oct29

Decor Trend: Feathers

Fall’s decor is going to the birds — and we love it!

Feathers have gotten sort of a bad rap in the past. Once the darling of the Art Nouveau set, plumage may now be more associated with bright boas and bargain-basement lingerie than anything fashion-forward.

But that’s all changing.

Designers are, well, flocking to feathers, and it’s easy to see why. They’re sweet and whimsical but, because they’re also rich in color, they do a great job shaking up a tired decor. They’re also an easy way to bring some of the outdoors inside, a trend that shows no sign of letting up any time soon.

It’s no surprise, then, that plumage is popping up everywhere–from pillows and blankets to hand towels and shower curtains to wall art and mobiles and everywhere in between. Here are some of our favorite ways to work this trend naturally into your decor. Caveat: Like neon, a little bit of bird goes a long way, so stick with one or two feathered pieces per room.

Throw Pillows

 

Tracy Porter® Poetic Wanderlust® Ardienne Square Toss Pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond

Throw pillows are an obvious place for feathers to nest, and we’re not just talking about the fill. There are plenty of plumage-printed pillows out there, but we have a soft spot for options that show the whole bird, like this stunner from Tracy Porter. We don’t know what we love more — the bird’s deep browns and purples or the snuggly velvet on the other side. (Pictured: Tracy Porter® Poetic Wanderlust® Ardienne Square Toss Pillow)

Wall Art

Feather I Wall ArtBathroom Touches

Let Mother Nature decorate your wall with a simple but beautiful feather print. We can’t stop looking at this beauty  — it would look great alone or as part of a gallery wall.) Prefer the real thing? Scour the backyard or park for feathers you love and mount your favorite. Or, put them in a decorative vase or glass cloche with rocks and succulents for a DIY display.

Feathers Bathroom Decor at Bed Bath & Beyond

 

 

Breathe some new life into your guest bathroom with peacock-inspired bath towels or a shower curtain. But not both — that would be overkill.

 Wreaths

Nearly Natural 24-Inch Feather and Berry Wreath at Bed Bath & Beyond

Wreaths–especially ones made from other outdoor elements like leaves and flowers — are a natural place to shake a tail feather or two. How gorgeous (and totally appropriate) would this one from Nearly Natural look for the holidays? The cream-colored berries and striped feathers could carry you easily through the new year.

Centerpieces

Burgundy Orchids Mixed with Yucca Grass and Dracaena at Bed Bath & BeyondSpeaking of the holidays, centerpieces, like this sweet floral-and-feather arrangement, are a nice alternative to the traditional pinecones and votives. Just be sure the feathers aren’t sticking straight up — and obstructing your guests’ view.

How do you decorate with feathers?

Bonnie Gibbs-Vengrow

 

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Bonnie Vengrow

is a sucker for pretty stationery, postmodern art, and any furniture with a claw foot. A lifelong neatnik, she's learning to embrace the cheerful chaos that comes with living in a New York City apartment with her husband, son and two pets.

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