There’s a place in every home for a classical bust. Busts are sculptures of the head, neck and sometimes the shoulders of a person, usually on a pedestal or a plinth. Made of stone, metal, plaster, resin or anything else you can chisel or mold, busts range in size from needing two people to lift them to small enough to hide in a book shelf. And they’re easy to find online and at vintage stores, flea markets and estate sales.
How you use busts depends on your decorating personality. Which bust type are you?
The Bust Traditionalist
Symmetry is the star in this classic traditional design. Perfection, thy name is a pure white bust centered on a mantel with symmetrically placed obelisks on either side, the whole thing flanked by a pair of ornate gold eagle mirrors. With the rich wood and the blue and white draped walls, the room is both exquisitely balanced and traditional.
The Bust Eclectic
Decorator and dealer Theresa Mae Smith has a way with busts. She blends them into her rooms and displays everywhere and every way in a charming, authentic way. Glass cloches and domes make everything better, and her eclectic little metal frog, clock face, journal and classical white bust are both cozy and eclectic.
The Bust Irreverent
Having a vintage bust fill the role as your irreverent imaginary friend who is ready for anything is always good. Juxtaposing a classical form with chapeau and a scarf is decorating wit at it’s finest–a nod and wink to whimsy and irreverence. It’s adding a touch that let’s everyone know you take decorating that matches your personality seriously.
The Bust Functional
Have neck will accessorize. A bust on the vanity if a brilliant way to showcase beautiful necklaces. Less inclined towards bling? A bust on the table by the door is an excellent way to never forget your work lanyard.
The Bust Collected
Collect what you love. Domicile 37 styles a shelf in her sitting room project with busts mixed in size, composition and style to stunning effect. A grouping of busts on a buffet, mantel or shelves showcases your finds and evolves as you score a new stone or resin friend.
The Bust Verdant
Old stone, cement and terra-cotta head planters filled with plants succulent or plants leafy and long add personality to every garden. Low water succulents make it easy to maintain a lush head of leaves if you’re not the most attentive gardener. And there’s no rule they have to live outside.
The Bust DIY style