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Here’s Our Favorite Mushroom Decor — and How to Use It in Your Home

May 18, 2023

Mushroom motifs are sprouting up all over the design landscape, and we’ve foraged finds to suit every style. Traditional illustrations, psychedelic prints, playful new takes — we’ve picked ‘em all and gathered some next-level ‘shrooms to serve up aesthetic umami.

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Photo: Chinasa Cooper

Fungi Are Fashionable, and the Trend Is Growing

Mushrooms and the visual arts have a very, very long history: A cave in Algeria features a 9,000-year-old painting of a shaman with a fistful of fungi. The design world's most recent love affair with the motif began around 2020 and shows no signs of growing stale; in fact, mushrooms are expanding their territory in interiors of all kinds.

Case in point? This chic living room in Hudson, New York, which features a pair of ‘shroomlike, cherry-red Verner Panton Flowerpot lamps and a graphic contemporary painting of a lion’s head mushroom. What fungal finery could pop up at your place? Check out our mood-board slash shopping-list and see.

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Photo: Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick

Old-School Embroidery

With intricate stitching and gleaming metallic thread, this Yves Delorme mushroom pillow is a suitable starter piece for someone looking to dip their toe in the Victorian end of the trend, without tipping all the way over into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Photo: Garnet Hill

Stylized Shrooms Cozy Up a Contemporary Bed

The playful print on this cotton-percale duvet and shams pairs well with other patterns — go ahead, mix it with pastel stripes or plaids! — and offers a more modern and graphic take on woodland chic.

BUY IT: Garnet Hill, $44-$199

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Photo: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo ©. From: Emma Jane Pilkington.

Vintage Mushrooms Flavor a Gallery Wall

More is unquestionably more in this luxe and eclectic butler’s pantry, where a massive grid of standard frames presents colorful specimens of all kinds. (They just happen to complement the jewel-toned midcentury glassware perched on the marble countertop.) A little bit culinary and a little bit woodsy, fungi illustrations like these are a savory and unexpected alternative to flowers or foods in a similar display.

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