When it comes to simple ways to spruce up your home decor, joy-sparking ceramics immediately spring to mind. That’s because they’re so versatile: Opt for functional (mugs or dessert plates), slightly more decorative (a vase or trinket dish), or something in between (like Curbed editor Megan Barber’s conversation-starting French wine jug).
Style-wise, you can choose monochrome designs for a sleeker look, or an assortment of colorful pieces for an eclectic vibe. Best of all, delightful ceramic wares are easy to find, whether at home retailers, on Etsy and Instagram shops, or on your next travel adventure.
For inspiration on how to to weave in stellar ceramics around your home, take a closer look at a few of our favorite House Calls home tours below.
Give each objet room to shine
With ample space and extra-tall ceilings, this remodeled loft conversion had room to shape ceramic objects into dramatic displays. As seen in the lead image of this story, a black-framed shelf above the lighter kitchen cabinets holds a museum-like collection of assorted wares. And in the image directly above, another corner of the loft home takes an avant garde gallery approach, showing off a few satisfyingly mismatched objets on a polished table.
Take a functional-yet-fun approach
This calming kitchen corner is a lesson in keeping it simple but fun. While the stacks of dinnerware are mostly all black or white, a few ceramic accents add a personal touch. The petite striped vase on the highest shelf offers a dash of pattern while remaining a neutral backdrop for the single orange flower to pop. The stubby fermentation jar, dark hued with a lovely sheen, takes on an almost sculptural quality.
Mind your colors
Stationery designer Jesse Levison’s LA home illustrates how an unabashed love of color and pattern can manifest joyfully around the house. Here, in the kitchen, the baby-blue wall with avocado window trimming helps tie together the sprinkles of color found across an eclectic collection of ceramic wares on the shelves and counters, from vibrant tall vessels to gridded mugs and bowls to a series of decorative tiles.
Give distinct pieces a neutral backdrop
While this new construction in Denver leans heavily into modern with clean lines and a neutral palette, furnishing choices help create a gentler, warmer vibe. “I’m very attracted to things that are handmade or that have an organic feel to [them],” said owner Cate, who was formerly a commercial interior designer in Australia. Case in point: the range of irregularly shaped pottery and sculptures comfortably nestled in built-in shelving around the home.
Set the (Insta-worthy) scene
We can’t help but love an Instagram-ready decor arrangement, including this corner situation in a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home in Illinois. There’s just the right amount of everything visually interesting here: clean geometry, matching colors, a pop of bright pattern, and a bundle of texture in the dried grass. It all works perfectly with the warm wood table and paneled walls.
Consider a minimal cabinet display
In this Belgian pub turned home, preserving its “scruffy, post-industrial” look means keeping the exposed-brick interior walls and polished-concrete floors intact. But this white cabinet, with glass doors and shelves, creates a delicate moment that shines under natural light. The arrangement of the small wares—many white but some with a print or color gradients—is unfussy, perhaps even precarious at times, which works rather well with the “cheeky irreverence” running throughout the house.
Make the most of your shelving
In this renovated midcentury ranch in Portland, Oregon, a wall of floor-to-ceiling plywood shelves functions as a sculpture of sorts, adding texture and depth to the space. It, of course, also offers plenty of storage. The grid of cubbies, some extended to double height, provides a flexible platform for the owner to curate and rearrange his collection of books and objects (like a quartet of bud vases).