Design Details: Scrolls and Curlicues

Are you really trying the complete”clean modern lines” thing out, and if so, can it be boring the heck out of you? Sometimes you have to bring a curve or two (or three). Consider adding a couple of details that are scroll. In design”scroll” has one of those”hence the name” roots; it looks like the side view of a wrapped piece of parchment, paper or cloth.

Other words which may refer to something like include”spiral,””arabesque,””acanthus” and”curlicue.” There’s not sufficient time in the world to bother learning any subtle differences between these, because, well, that just sounds more boring than reading the instruction manual to get a toaster. Rather, let’s just have fun and look at how a very simple scroll may add some swirl to your style, and conquer your straight-lines ennui.

In looking into the history of this scroll in architecture and design, I came across”acanthus,” a scrolled early Greek pillar topping shape which was inspired by the acanthus plant. An oversize abstraction provides this ancient shape an upgrade.

Elizabeth Dinkel

A scrolled decoration on the wall produces a focal point for this sophisticated outdoor area. It floats there the way a chandelier hangs over a table.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Ornate ironwork that incorporates the shape, commonly found on railings, is known as”scrollwork.”

Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC

A motif of curves is transported throughout this area. The design gives us arched windows, the seat arms are curved, and the headboard is a series of swoops, and so, the demure table together with all the scrolls on the foundation is the perfect choice.

Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC

I feel like that distance and the prior space are all cousins. Possibly the one before is a girl and this one is a guy. It’s heftier, less womanly, has some rocky branches, yet still has scroll details in the arms of those chairs that soften the distance.


A hefty scroll coffee table is a retro piece, with roots in the Far East, which came back to us through the Hollywood Regency resurgence and the entire Happy Chic doctrine. In fact, I am surprised Jonathan Adler hasn’t come up with his own version of this however.


The scrolls at the bottom of this chandelier include flourish, kind of like when you use hot rollers to curl the ends of your hair. These scrolls have a nice relationship to the subtle scroll detail on the back of the chairs.

Mark Brand Architecture

One could call this tasteful dining area”fun with lines” We’ve got seat and table legs which form triangles; seat backs which are parallelograms; and scrolling lines snaking through the more whimsical carpet, painted within the abstract artwork on the walls, and also plays on scrolls in the chandelier. It’s all a very careful and effective balancing act.

Joni Spear Interior Design

You can add scrolls to a own room in the small details, like these sinuous cabinet pulls.

Castro Design Studio

The Mansard mirror adds classic scrolls to its framework, giving it an antique look. Additionally, it plays off the scrollwork on the fireplace screen and the light fixture in the upper left corner.

pierre senechal

A warm metallic finish on this set of armchairs highlights the scroll down.

Coddington Design

The scroll detail with this armchair absolutely gets the piece, and it’s the perfect partner for the desk together with all the baroque curvy thighs. Last, the floor lamp looks like a scroll.

Overall, a small scroll element is a fantastic way to experiment with incorporating a few curves to your area. Give a whirl to a swirl.

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