Posted on Sep 24th 2014
If you’ve been making the rounds on the interior design blogosphere lately (like we have), then you have almost certainly run into some magnificent ampersand design decor pieces. It didn’t take more than a glance for us to get excited about this latest decor trend, which means, of course, that we had to do some digging and put together an inspirational blog for our readers about this fabulous symbol.
While trendy, the ampersand is also used as an expression of symbolism that can differ from person to person. Traditionally, of course, the ampersand is a symbol representing “and,” but to most who use it in their home decor, an “&” means much more than that.
The most common symbolism of an ampersand in interior home design is as a symbol of commitment: “You & Me.” You’ve probably seen ampersands in wedding decor as well. It shows that two people are joined — they are each others’ “and,” meaning there is not one without the other.
A more traditional view of the ampersand is that it is a broken infinity sign, reminding us that nothing lasts forever, but that there is always more to come.
For a few clever wordsmiths, publishers, and graphic designers, using an ampersand in home design is a nod of typographical appreciation to words, letters, and fonts.
Many see & as a symbol of family, as in “You &…” and consider it a closer and more intimate relationship to others than “and” spelled out, i.e.: “Me & You” vs. “Me and You” has less distance between the two words.
To some, the meaning is religious, meaning to love God & others. It may also mean to some that nothing lasts forever except the love of God.
Some consider the ampersand design a symbol of discovery.
“And – I am not finished. There is always more.” -Jeanier Hondes
“Seems as though we build and construct everything thinking it will last a lifetime, yet it rarely does, leaving us ever-confused. An ampersand gives us hope that there is always an ‘and.'” – Unknown
Others, still, may see the ampersand as a reminder to listen to both your heart & soul.
With the explosion of ampersand design, there’s also been a flood of DIY ampersand home decor, including this homemade Hollywood marquee sign style ampersand for a mantle.
Or this DIY ampersand made of gold thumbtacks.
An ampersand can make a lovely addition to a gallery wall.
A masterfully sculpted thin ampersand in gold shows style and class.
Or maybe you like to show off your ampersand in a quirky art eco print.
Wall art, decor pieces, decorative pillows — it seems there are few places that an ampersand can’t squeeze into.
Where does an “&” fit into your home decor, and what does it mean to you?