Lucite – also known as acrylic or plexiglas to some – is a trend that has come and gone over the years since it’s first debut in the 1930’s at the World Fair. It immediately makes me think of Great Gatsby and Hollywood Regency glam. But this modern and loved material has gained huge traction more recently in interior design today and is being used in all sorts of interesting and unexpected forms.
So, you ask, why all the rage about lucite? I’ll admit that I was not always drawn to the luxe look that you often see when decorating with lucite, but this trend has caught my eye over the past little while and I’ve come to realize that it is actually incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into many decortaing styles – big bonus! To keep it brief, here’s a quick summary of the reasons I’ve come to love the lucite look:
- The translucent nature of lucite creates an illusion of a larger and airy space by making it seem more open. This works especially well in smaller spaces but can really work in any size home.
- It’s physically lighter than glass but also highly durable making it a great alternative (especially in a busy family home). Even if a scratch appears, most of the time, it can easily be buffed out.
- It creates more freedom when it comes to decorating because it’s nearly invisible. Clearly barely there!
Now that I’ve (hopefully) captured your interest in lucite, let me show you the breath of it’s versatility. I’ve rounded up some interesting ideas to inspire how you can incorporate lucite into your own space in some unique and unexpected ways.
The most common two lucite looks you’ve likely seen are the ever popular ghost chair and clear coffee table. The clear chair has little visual weight and can work well incorporated into dining areas, offices or as an occasional chair. Go ahead and add a printed pillow or furry base to the seat, and you instantly add more interest yet still achieve the “floating” look.
The best use for a lucite coffee table is by placing it onto a spectacular area rug that you want to showcase. Let the colour or pattern of the rug be the focal point while the lucite coffee table works as a functional accent piece.
Not into the lucite ghost chair or coffee table? Try one of these other lucite looks instead…
Boozy Bar Carts
The Clear Accessory
Barely There Bookshelf
Which is your favorite lucite look? Want to learn more about lucite? Check out this quick history lesson.