Interior Trends: Bringing Home the Lab


mood board of photos that inspire the laboratory look at home

image links (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4.

The science geek in me keeps spotting out the use of laborartory style decor for the home, especially in the form of glassware – flasks, beakers, test tubes … you know, all that neat stuff. It’s not exactly the newest interior trend, but it’s one that definitely delights me. The laboratory look is prefectly suited for those who appreciate the lab environment aestetic – that clean, sterile vibe where everything has its place and purpose. However, there’s also something magical and exciting about the lab because it’s a place where theories are tested and mysteries get solved. A place where the air can become heavy with anticipation and wonder. The image of colourful, smoking, potions springs to mind.

Ok, so maybe you don’t want to go to the full lab extreme in your home and I can understand why … the coziness totally lacks. But a few laboratory suggestions can really add interest to a space. Laboratory decor and details fit well with interiors that are industrial, modern or eccentric. However, I imagine they could also work as an interesting contrast in an interior with a shabby chic or country flair, especially if the lab decor is vintage. Here are a few ideas that could help you incorporate a hint of the lab into your home:

collection of home decor products for the lab look

  1. Start the day with your coffee or tea in a beaker – found at Think Geek.
  2. Store your spices in these beautiful flasks by Joerg Brachmann.
  3. Consider a test tube-like display for those pretty flowers from your garden. Found this one at Urban Outfitters.
  4. Decant your wine in this round bottom flask by Silo Design – potion-like indeed!
  5. As Martha Stewart suggests, use a laboratory bottle set to grow beans and lentils…
  6. … or just use them to keep small items organized (this set available at Svpply).

Are you as fascinated by laboratories as much I am? Would you think of incorporating some lab elements to your home? As of right now, the most laboratory inspired item I own is my Chemex coffee maker, which I use every morning :)

- Holly

5 Responses to “Interior Trends: Bringing Home the Lab”

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  1. Albertina says:

    I love all the beakers and test tubes… husband is a scientist so we have tons of beakers as pencil holders…

  2. tina says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Vintage Laboratory Beakers…. so cool!
    I also love that look but it’s difficult to pull off well.

    • Holly says:

      I love laboratories, hence this post :) I think vintage lab works best for a home environment because it’s warmer, has more soul, than shiny new lab equipment. Thanks for your comment Tina Xx.

  3. This is a great look! I love all the large conical jars and the mini test tube vases.

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