The high street has gone bobbin crazy with the return of this 17th-century furniture trend

The traditional interior trend that's making a major comeback

Addison Ross bobbin shakers on mantelpiece
(Image credit: Dunelm)

Bobbin has never looked so current. Forget quiet luxury, we're all about this ornate 17th Century-inspired look that makes every interior look perfectly eclectic. 

The latest home decor trend has trickled down into high street stores so much that we can firmly say it's here to stay, so if you've been reluctant to invest until now, it's definitely time. 

'The resurgence of the bobbin interiors trend can be credited to a forever-growing appreciation for vintage aesthetics, as well as for its ability to add a touch of playfulness to homes,' says Tom Revill, co-founder of Plank Hardware.

With many people revelling in maximalism, bobbin fits right into the characterful vintage-emporium aesthetic. But the beauty of the trend is that there are so many ways to get the look to suit any interior, whether it's opting for an on-trend colourway, style of furniture, or just a tiny nod to the look that complements your existing scheme. 

What is the bobbin trend?

Dunelm red bobbin side table

(Image credit: Dunelm)

Bobbin furniture originated in the 17th century and gets its name from having legs and spindles that form spherical shapes. It looks handmade and classic, which we've seen become the forefront of many interior designs thanks to a rise in shopping secondhand and acquiring vintage pieces. 

'As our world becomes increasingly automated, many shoppers are embracing handcrafted styles – celebrating both craftsmanship and individuality – and the bobbin trend is no exception to this,' says Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy

'The ornate 17th Century decorative technique has soared back into popularity in recent months. Bobbin furniture is having a moment and it’s a moment that is set to last, it's simultaneously fresh and modern with a vintage feel.'

The antique look has now been transformed with a modern twist, with many designers combining the design with bright colours in lacquered finishes, adding a creative twist to your kitchen decor or living room scheme. 

How to get the bobbin look

When purchasing decor items from new trends, it's important to have a plan on how and where to include them in your home. You want them to fit with your aesthetic, and thanks to the bobbin trend straddling the line between classic and contemporary, it's an easy one to incorporate. 

'Drawing inspiration from traditional 17th-century craftsmanship, the Bobbin trend has taken the design world by storm this season. This resurgence can be attributed to the increasing desire for homes that exude nostalgia and authenticity,' says Jason Brownless, senior editorial designer at Dunelm

'Whether it's through our standout furniture pieces from the ‘Pippin’ range, which boasts intricate bobbin-inspired detailing, effortlessly merging function and style. Or through smaller accessory pieces, it encourages personal expression, allowing homeowners to embrace crafting and customisation.'

1. Focus on accessories

Addison Ross bobbin shakers on mantelpiece

(Image credit: Addison Ross)

Accessories are one of the easiest ways to try out a trend with minimal commitment. From revamping your living room shelving to creating an eye-catching tablescape set with bobbin salt and pepper grinders and candlesticks, the opportunities are endless for adding a slice of the trend to your home. 

'Experimenting with coloured bobbin pieces is a great way to add depth and intrigue to any room,' recommends Dayna. 'One of my favourite ways of doing this is with bobbin photo frames, they are a great way to make a gallery wall pop, or give a blank wall a focal point with a difference.'

2. Make your own

While the bobbin trend is firmly here to stay, it's sometimes wise not to invest tonnes of money into every home decor trend, especially if you're trying to decorate on a budget. 

Luckily, the bobbin trend is super easy to find second-hand - it just might not look exactly how you expect, so be open-minded. Bobbin furniture is likely to come in a darker wood when shopping secondhand, and while this will look great in traditional interiors, you might want a more contemporary look. 

With a simple sand and a tin of paint (use leftovers for an even more affordable project), you can transform the look of a bobbin lamp or table with minimal effort, achieving the trend-led design for less. Dunelm has even released a paint-your-own bobbin lamp base that makes the job even simpler. 

'Incorporating the detail in your home in bright colours is an easy and impactful way to liven up bland interiors without having to spend too much,' advises Sarah Ross, co-founder of Addison Ross

3. Commit with furniture

Dunelm pride and joy collection in bedroom

(Image credit: Dunelm)

We've seen the bobbin trend trickle down from designers to high-street retailers, so it's safe to say the trend is going to stick around. With this in mind, it could be time to commit to a larger piece of furniture. It's an easy way to make a large impact in a living room or bedroom, with side tables, a chest of drawers, and even bed frames designed in line with the playful style.

The classic roots of bobbin mean that while its a current trend, the design will grow with your home and not date quickly. Therefore, it also acts as a great foundation that can be styled up with accessories to change the look over time. 

Ready to get creative with a can of paint or even head to the shops? It's definitely time to bring bobbin into your home. 

Holly Cockburn
Content Editor

After starting out her journey at Future as a Features Editor on Top Ten Reviews, Holly is now a Content Editor at Ideal Home, writing about the best interior ideas and news. At Top Ten Reviews, she focussed on TikTok viral cleaning hacks as well as how to take care of investment purchases such as lawn mowers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. Prior to this, Holly was apart of the editorial team at Howdens which sparked her interest in interior design, and more specifically, kitchens (Shaker is her favourite!).