Trend Alert: Feathers

Take flight with feathers in your decor.

Feathers are a fashionable embellishment, floating from runways into rooms. Nearly weightless, but worthy of attention, feathers have dusted dresses, jackets, shirts and even footwear by designers such as Saint Laurent, Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Nina Ricci in 2017. Feather fancy is surging in interiors. They tickle upholstered furniture and tables, and appear in artwork and sculptural elements.

Rustic Outdoor Living Space with Couch and Chairs

Rustic Outdoor Living Space with Couch and Chairs

At a Cashiers, N.C., Designer Showhouse, McLaurin based the palette of an outdoor living area on feather fabric by Brandon Godwin, a south Georgia architect who produces designer fabrics from his wildlife paintings.

Photo by: McLaurin Interiors

McLaurin Interiors

“They’re very intricate in detail and form,” says designer Maria McLaurin. “Something that usually would seem so insignificant, a feather on the ground — we don’t think much of it — but it’s one of those things of beauty that we can incorporate into our design.”

At a Cashiers, N.C., Designer Showhouse, McLaurin Interiors based the palette of an outdoor living area on feather fabric by Brandon Godwin, a south Georgia architect who produces designer fabrics from his wildlife paintings. The pillows echo the natural surroundings of the mountain community.

Feathers don’t need to be reserved for outdoor uses only. “Feathers are a bit of a trend right now, especially in artwork,” says designer Michele B. Gratch.

Blue and Neutral Guest Room with Framed Watercolors and Upholstered Headboard

Blue and Neutral Guest Room with Framed Watercolors and Upholstered Headboard

A guest room by Maria McLaurin of McLaurin Interiors features framed watercolors of feathers by Adam Vettraino above a wooden bedside table and next to an upholstered headboard. The Elena fabric by Clay McLaurin is on the large pillow.

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McLaurin Interiors

In a Cashiers showhouse guest bedroom, McLaurin framed a series of watercolor feathers by Adam Vettraino, a Georgia-based artist.

“I just thought those were so beautiful — soft, beautiful, simple, but gorgeous art,” she says.

Rustic Mountain House Living Room with Fireplace

Rustic Mountain House Living Room with Fireplace

A rustic mountain house living room features a stone fireplace, paneled walls and a palette of white, blue and brown. Designer Maria McLaurin accessorized with antique framed bird lithographs.

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McLaurin Interiors

A duo of antique bird lithographs joins a sweet vignette that includes a bud vase with feathers of varying heights in the living room of a mountain house decorated by McLaurin.

“At home, I have a nature table in my foyer,” she says. “If I see feathers, I bring them in.”

Feathers can be simple and calming or opulent and elegant, depending on their use.

Tranquil Luxury Blue Master Suite with Canopy Bed

Tranquil Luxury Blue Master Suite with Canopy Bed

A trio of panels by de Gournay, which creates hand-painted wallpaper and fabrics, evoke the exquisite and exotic nature of feathers into a master bedroom designed by Tristan Harstan in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse.

Photo by: David Christensen

David Christensen

A trio of panels by de Gournay, which creates hand-painted wallpaper and fabrics, evoke the exotic and exquisite nature of feathers in a master bedroom designed by Tristan Harstan for the Southeastern Designer Showhouse.

Luxury Modern Living Room with Metallics, White and Blue

Luxury Modern Living Room with Metallics, White and Blue

Designer Melanie Turner uses sculptural pieces in a high-end, sophisticated classic living room.

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Melanie Turner Interiors

Designer Melanie Turner took it to the extreme with a stuffed emu in a stunning living room. “I like using natural elements of the natural world that bring the outside in,” she says. “It’s also sculpture.”

Dramatic Victorian Dining Room with Peacock Wallpaper

Dramatic Victorian Dining Room with Peacock Wallpaper

Peacock wallpaper — the Indira print by Clarke & Clarke — fills the dining room of a Victorian home, accompanied by geometric mirror and detailed buffet selected by designer Michele B. Gratch.

Photo by: Jake Laughlin

Jake Laughlin

The 12-foot ceilings in a Victorian home meant the dining room could handle a vibrant, graphic paper, so Gratch chose Clarke and Clarke’s Indira wallcovering. Fuchsia already was an accent color, and the pattern was traditional yet modern, she says.

“I simply loved the paper and felt like the peacocks would make a bold statement — it’s not very often that you see paper like this hung on someone’s walls,” she says.

Fresh Traditional Formal Living Room with Sofa, Glass Table and Matching Chairs

Fresh Traditional Formal Living Room with Sofa, Glass Table and Matching Chairs

Birds rest on branches on chairs’ print in a formal living room designed in a fresh traditional style by Gordon Dunning.

Photo by: Gordon Dunning

Gordon Dunning

And it's not surprising that feathers bring a sense of movement to the chairs upholstered in a bird print in a formal living room designed by Gordon Dunning.

Rustic Luxury Guest Suite with Upholstered Bed and Framed Feathers

Rustic Luxury Guest Suite with Upholstered Bed and Framed Feathers

Framed feathers helps bring organic and natural elements inside in an Ethan Allen-designed guest space in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse.

Photo by: Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen

In a Southeastern Designer Showhouse, Ethan Allen designer Cindy Ingram framed feathers that are nestled near the bed in a well-designed guest suite.

“Feathers seem to be making a statement showing texture in nature while having a visual lightness,” Ingram says.

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