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Trend Watch: Flamingos are Flocking

by Garrett Fleming

For a while, owls were the bird of choice for many decorators. You couldn’t escape them. They popped up on candles, textiles and even soap. I get why; they’re cute, connote wisdom and have adorable eyes, but they’ve had their moment to shine. Now that summer’s in season, it’s time for another feathered friend to take over: pretty-and-pink flamingos. They own these hotter months, and over the years their image has become synonymous with parties, flourishing lawns and frolicking outdoors.

Here at Design*Sponge, we love the bird’s unique color and goofy shape. We’ve become so enamored with the flamingo as of late, we’ve rounded up some simple ways you can bring this warm-weather trend home. From simple matchbooks to bold wallpaper, each offers its own way of incorporating a pop of pink and is sure to add a dash of summer to your space. Some are bold while others are more subtle, but no matter which look you choose, one thing is for sure — these long-legged beauties will keep you smiling all season. Enjoy! —Garrett

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By painting the chair rail to match the flamingo wallpaper, this bathroom's print becomes more subtle and a bit abstract.
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These gold-foil matchbooks make great summer party favors.
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As if flamingos didn't make us smile enough, here they are doing some classic yoga poses. This whimsical print is sure to be a conversation starter.
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Alice Flynn's playroom is a haven for her girls and proves that flamingos aren't always an over-the-top, showy accessory. Fallen branches, little birds she found at a "poke around" shop and the pearlized paint job balance out the print (similar here). They all keep the room soft and calming.
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Art Deco salt and pepper shakers: a subtle way to incorporate the trend into your kitchen.
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Not all flamingo decor is pink. I love this print's modern, origami-esque take on the bird.
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This set of matching dinner plates works just as well on a table as it does on a gallery wall.
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Faun Chapin and Meg Paradise, founders of Guts & Glory, decorate their bed with a pair of silky, flamingo throw pillows. They perfectly complement the blushing tones of their bedroom's wall art and accessories. You can snag a pair of similar pillows here.
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Kill two trends with one stone with this enamel pin from quirky shop boygirlparty.
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For the bolder decorator, this print from Albany is sure to steal the show. Pair it with simple, white accessories as seen here to let the backdrop do the talking.
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I adore this modern update of the age-old wax seal. It's both whimsical and practical at the same time.
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The LA home of Photographers Caroline and Jayden Lee is full of pops of color, including this flamingo lawn ornament. They found the vintage piece at the Long Beach Flea Market.
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The pair has also peppered in flamingo-pink furniture and artwork. This is a great tip for those who are a little hesitant to take on the trend.
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This lampshade featuring an illustration by James Barker was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the release of "Alice in Wonderland." His work is a nod to the classic film's croquet scene.
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What better way to walk around your flamingo-filled home in than these Soludos chambray shoes?

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Comments

  • I am a huge flamingo lover – I have a canvas of them in my room and they are currently my phone wall paper. The ideas you posted are so chic and whimsical. Thanks for sharing!

    P.s. You’re totally right – flamingos >>> owls.

  • I’ve always loved flamingos for their color. But with the flamingo comes associations with a) Florida, b) the 50’s when pink reigned, c) the 80’s when punk reigned.

    Owls are a little more ubiquitous, therefore more versatile? … are there any parts of the country where there are no owls?

    • Owls are everywhere, but I’ve always wondered why we Italians love flamingos so much. The only place I ever saw flamingos in Italy was in the zoo.

  • My sole act of vandalism was to get my little brother to help me steal some pink flamingos from a yard and plant them in front of a friend’s house. A friend who constantly spoke of flamingos as the ne plus ultra example of bad taste. Two days (late nights) later, we stole them back and replanted them in their rightful home.
    Flamingos in design must be taken with a large helping of irony.
    I have been to Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita in Kenya. Completely pink with flamingos. They are a sight to see. Amazing.

  • That’s so timely! This weekend I ordered a sample of Matthew Williamson’s Flamingo Club. If I lived in Miami I would probably paper my whole house (and not just the guest bath) in that print. Great round-up!

  • I’ve had flamingos on my mind a lot lately, especially having just returned home from a 2-wk stay in Florida with my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary. However, I was not fortunate to see any flamingos in person. But seeing all the above great flamingo décor and inspiration makes up for it quite nicely! And yes, the owls had a nice long run. Time to think pink!

  • Umm, I love flamingos. Always have, always will. The only bad thing about the current trend is that I do not have enough money to buy all of it. And when they inevitably return to passe, I will still have flamingos in/on/around my house. Anyone that thinks it’s in poor taste, can stay outside :)

  • I am a very firm lover of all things flamingo, including this rather retro design. If I could, I would use the very same, refreshing and quirky design in my own bathroom, but what would my husband’s reaction be? Not the best, I should think :(

  • I noticed this trend too this weekend when I went shopping. I actually find it lovely, specially on stationary and children’s clothing.

  • Hello! I would like to ask if anybody knows who first entered the massive flamingo trend? Who was the inspirator? I think from catwalk fashion but i am not sure. Thank you.

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