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Suddenly, Tiny Decorative Knots Are Everywhere

Time to tie one on.

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The coolest new home object—sorry, objet—is here to usurp candles as the most pervasive finishing accent du jour. No, it’s not a bud vase. It’s not a picture frame, either. It’s a tangled knot that comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and materials, and we’re seeing this item everywhere.

Whether placed on a coffee table as a sculptural accent or used as a paperweight in a home office, these knotty objects expertly walk the line between elegant and whimsical. They’re completely useless yet totally striking—the ultimate home accoutrement. We’re not the only ones who think so: California-based artist Windy Chien has made knots the focal piece of her year-long art project and upcoming book, The Year of Knots. From high-end art to home decor, it seems these cool objects have a place almost everywhere. Here are a few of our favorite knotted pieces to bring this trend home.

The Instagram celeb

You’ve likely seen SIN ceramics plastered all over social media, and with good reason: The earthy designs and organic shapes make for the most elevated rustic pieces we’ve ever seen. This terra-cotta knot is no exception. Try hanging it in the entry as wall art in lieu of something more traditionally framed.

The unashamedly luxe one

Slightly more abstract, this gold-plated aluminium one definitely makes a statement. Use it to accent rich colors, like burgundies and deep greens, to really drive home an aura of opulence even in the tiniest of spaces.

The clear winner

Not over the lucite trend? Keep it going a while longer with a chic acrylic knot. Choose from a range of colorways—though the clear one is our favorite—and bring it home to act as a unique bookend for your collection of hardbacks.

The historical artifact lookalike

Crafted from black textured aluminium to look like iron, CB2’s take on the knotted trend closely resembles an antique. As such, it’s best to make it the focal point of your living room: Style it on your coffee table atop your favorite books for the perfect finishing touch.

The glamorous accessory

Few things scream glamour like metallics, and this knot will help you incorporate the flashy style in a more minimal, palatable manner. Pick up one to lend some variation in your vanity decor. Placed among luxe-looking perfumes and your favorite jewelry, this silvery knot will feel right at home.

The desert-inspired one

This pale pink knot will help you bring home the desert trend. Given its sunset-inspired hue and its clay composition, this piece will fit nicely into your Southwest-styled space. Pair with plenty of mini succulents and natural accents for a layered room.

The commitment phobe’s dream

Can’t choose between a rustic-style knot and a more playful, contemporary one? Don’t. This two-tone one offers the best of both worlds, featuring classic terra-cotta juxtaposed with a minty green rubber material. These knots are tiny and perfect for the knickknack collector’s home.

The minimalist accent

Black stoneware makes for the ultimate sleek accessory. It won’t clash with a monochromatic color palette and its simple design ensures its longevity. Use it for a bit of textural difference; when placed in a minimally decorated room full of modern materials like glass or brass, the ceramic will bring a hint of warmth.

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.