Recent data reveals an 85% surge in searches for “bobbin furniture” over the past year, showcasing the growing popularity of the bobbin aesthetic in interior design.
Bobbin refers to a style of furniture that uses cylindrical or slightly tapered wood spindles as a prominent design element. The decorative feature resembles an old-fashioned sewing cylinder used in legs, arms, backrests of chairs, tables and bed frames, and more.
Vintage interiors are making a splendid comeback, and incorporating bobbin elements can seamlessly fit into old and modern vintage styles. The hashtag #vintagehomedecor has garnered a staggering 8.6 million views on TikTok, illustrating the widespread allure of the traditional 17th-century interior style.
Experts at Tapi have shared top tips on how to get the bobbin look in your home.
Tips and expertise from Johanna Constantinou
Use bobbin accessories
Start by introducing small bobbin accessories as an elegant gateway to this new trend. Candle holders, mirrors, picture frames, curtain tiebacks, and vases are perfect starting points. Strategically place vases and candle holders on shelves, side tables, or hung on walls to infuse vintage appeal into your space.
An antique tray can serve as a charming centrepiece, holding bobbin candle holders and vases for your coffee or dining table. You can also use candle holders as bookends for your bookshelves, adding style and functionality to your literary collection. Arrange picture frames with a bobbin design alongside vintage mirrors for an eclectic room ambience.
Add antique furniture
Enhance the traditional look of your room by incorporating antique furniture alongside bobbin accessories. Create DIY projects using ornate bobbins to create unique drawer knobs, keychains, or a hanging photo display. You can strike a harmonious balance and add interest to your space by blending vintage furniture with modern pieces.
Prioritise well-crafted and sturdy vintage furniture, checking for signs of damage to ensure longevity. Complement the furniture with antique mirrors, vintage art pieces, retro lamps, and classic rugs to enhance the nostalgic style.
However, carefully curate your choices to avoid overloading the space, as a few well-chosen pieces can make a more significant impact than a bunch of vintage items.
Incorporate natural flooring
To perfectly match your room’s bobbin accessories and furniture, consider adding laminate or vinyl flooring that mimics the floorboards’ appearance. Opting for wider laminate planks can heighten the vintage appeal, evoking a sense of history. Tapi’s Gloss Hickory and Tamar Victory are excellent options for an overall antique look.
For a more nostalgic touch, consider carpets like Primrose Hill and Highland in neutral tones. These selections will seamlessly blend with the rest of the room’s design, elevating the vintage ambience.
Add a bobbin statement piece
If you’re eager to embrace the bobbin trend wholeheartedly, a statement furniture piece is perfect for your space. Whether it’s a bobbin chair, coffee table, bookshelf, bedframe, bedside table, bench, or even tableware and a dining table, this bold statement piece will infuse your space with unique character and charm, effortlessly capturing the attention of anyone who enters the room.
Bobbin furniture’s timeless inspiration from historical designs makes it a versatile addition to any interior, flawlessly blending with various design styles, from traditional to contemporary, while exuding elegance and sophistication.
Johanna says: “Remember to strike a balance with your interior style, ensuring that the ornate bobbins complement your home’s overall theme and aesthetics. Mixing vintage elements with modern decor can create a harmonious and visually appealing space.”