Decorating with Crystals: Totally WooWoo, or Something Worth Considering?
You’d have to be living under a rock (pun very much intended!) to be unaware of how popular geodes, gems and crystals have become in interiors. If I had to say where it all started, I’d point the finger at agate, which started popping up on the reg about five years ago in slice and slab form as coasters, trivets and even tabletops. Fast forward to now, and crystals of all types—quartz, amethyst, citrine and the list goes on—are becoming pretty common decorative accents, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Maybe that’s because the biggest poster child for crystal collecting is Spencer Pratt, and he and his better half, Heidi Montag, supposedly squandered a million dollars of their reality television fortune on rare rocks. I don’t really want to be taking my decorating advice from Speidi, nor am I really in the market for a new expensive hobby. And yet, some of the images I’m seeing of stones in situ in homes aren’t all that bad. I’m not going to go on and on about how decorating with crystals will heal your chakras or give bad auras the boot, because I’m skeptical at best about all that ‘ish. But I’m willing to entertain a rock (or 10) in a room when they’re displayed tastefully, like in this pretty glass case from Dans Le Lakehouse, color coded to perfection.
I’ve seen my fair share of vintage printer trays and curio cabinets stocked with natural ephemera like pebbles, feathers and such. These triangle shelves by Stone and Violet are basically the more boho version of that, especially when tricked out with an impressive crystal collection. The price is a little outrageous, but the shelves are a great shape, real wood and handmade.
Crystal gardens are the new terrariums, which is good news for me, since I’ve managed to kill a few air plants and succulents in my day. This example from Forest Dwellers is a little over the top, but I could see one of these containers working for styling a coffee table. You could use a simple bowl and add crystals and a candle, or get fancy with a faceted container lined with moss.
Both wall hangings and crystals are having a moment, and Etsy vendors are hip to this game, selling bespoke crystal wall hangings like the one shown here by Kerry Ann Stokes for that awkward blank space above or beside a bed.
Or you could let Urban Outfitters do the heavy lifting, and buy one of these white quartz crystal mobiles for the corner of a room. Not totally hating it, to be honest, and corners can be a decorating challenge.
Get a big enough crystal, and you can turn that sucker into a pretty planter. Only thing to note here is whatever hole you make for the plant, be sure to line it with little pebbles for drainage. How meta!
Speaking of largish rocks, I’m okay with using one as a decorative object on a nightstand (like this pretty rose quartz from Wonder Forest), as a desk paperweight or in lieu of the ever present candle atop a stack of coffee table books.
On the flip side, small crystals are the perfect size for repurposing as cabinet or drawer knobs, like in this bathroom makeover from Alice Lane Home Collection. The pulls here are from Anthropologie.
Want more crystals in your life? Here are five projects for you to get your DIY crystal on. May the good vibes be with you, and remember, this look is all about the boho—not the bling.