A Magical Trend: Unicorns in Decoration

In this article, we're going to tell you what goes into unicorn decorations and give you some ideas on how to use them to make an amazingly fun space.
A Magical Trend: Unicorns in Decoration

Last update: 27 February, 2019

Nowadays there are tons and tons of decorative styles with all kinds of looks. But the one thing they all have in common is an attempt to be original. With that in mind, it makes sense that decoration involving mythological creatures like unicorns has become popular.

At one point they might have come off as weird, but now you can see all kinds of decoration schemes involving unicorns. They come in many different mediums and looks, but one thing they all have in common is that they’re very eye-catching.

Unicorns have made their way into decor schemes for homes, offices, and many other places. Rather than giving off a childish vibe, they actually add a sense of originality and spontaneity to a space. There’s also something mystical and surreal about them.

Unicorns in medieval decoration

unicorn mosaic

You might be surprised to know that unicorns aren’t new in the world of decoration. They were actually very common in tapestries and other art forms during the the Middle Ages and RenaissanceBut they didn’t have the same meaning to people as they do now.

Back then, unicorns were mostly a symbol within Christianity. People saw them as a representation of Jesus Christ. This meant that they were a symbol of purity, chastity, and innocence. But historians also say that this wasn’t the only way people thought about them back then.

As a symbol, unicorns are very mysterious because their true origin in our collective imagination is unclear. Based on some old documents, there may have once been an animal with features similar to a unicorn. But because we’ve never found any conclusive evidence, we still consider it a myth.

Some academics say that unicorns exist in our collective imagination because we wanted something to cling to, something that represented eternal life and other similar ideals. 

Besides its complex symbolism, unicorns are also a source of mystery that feeds our imaginations. It doesn’t matter what period of time you look back to, they’re always there. Unicorns have also made it beyond the borders of fantasy, and into the world of decoration, as you’ll see today.

Unicorns in contemporary decoration

unicorn made out of corks

Unlike the murals, tapestries, and statues from the past, modern decor shows unicorns as white horses with a slim body and a horn on their forehead. 

There are decorations involving unicorns in all kinds of styles and forms, including 3D, geometrical objects. This means that they can take many different forms and adapt easily to just about anyone’s tastes.

It’s also worth mentioning that unicorns can be more than just a decoration. In some cases, people have unicorn clocks or lamps, just to give a couple examples.

The latest trend when it comes to interior unicorn decor are “hunting trophies.” They’re three-dimensional objects–unicorn heads that you put up on the wall. You can even hang things like flowers, streamers, or ribbons from them if you want.

These unicorn busts (trophies) don’t just make your space seem more original. They also give it a lot more depthHere are some other ways people bring unicorns in to their decor scheme:

  • Cushions
  • Vinyl decals
  • Mirror frames
  • All kinds of furniture: puff chairs, headboards, etc…
  • Metal, wood, silicon, or plush unicorns (not necessarily toys)
  • Wall art (prints in a medieval, modern, minimalist, graffiti, fantasy style, etc)
  • Unusual, odd objects: showerheads, tools (scissors, clothespins, etc)

Unicorns and rainbows

Unicorns have also recently gotten a much more colorful luck. There’s a popular idea about this mythical creature that it can feel nothing but joy. This has lead to some really eye-catching decorations: unicorns with colorful hair or rainbow accessories.

But this explosion of color doesn’t mean unicorns can’t go well in decor schemes for a broader public. In fact, colorful ones draw much more attention than white ones, because the colors are a symbol of fun, beauty, and joy.

Our imagination has no limits when it comes to finding new ways to do things. This is how unicorns have managed to make such a strong return in all kinds of spaces, interior and exterior. Now, all you have to to is decide how to creatively make them part of your decor scheme!