10 Chic Ways to Decorate with Disco Balls

disco ball

 Santeri Viinamäki / Wikimedia Commons

Disco balls have been a staple of dance clubs since all the way back to the 1920s, long before the bellbottomed days of the 1970s. And now, they’re having a resurgence once again, and this time around, they’ve rolled right out of the nightclubs and into people’s living rooms.

As one of the most unexpected recent décor trends, designers and homeowners have been focusing less on using them to create flashy, maximalist spaces, and more on weaving them into décor that’s modern, fresh and even neutral in some cases. They add just a little pop, a little zing, to corners, tables, and vases, communicating a fun and "We don’t take things too seriously," vibe.

When they’re not using them to add an exclamation point to a space, people are bringing them into their DIY projects as well, especially around the holidays. Or they’re incorporating a bit more shimmer and shine into their spaces as the new year approaches. Or they are literally using them for disco-themed parties. Any way you look at it, it’s just good sense to have a disco ball on hand at all times.

Here, you’ll learn how to transform a room from it just needs something, to, “That’s it!” and get inspired by these surprisingly-chic disco ball décor ideas.

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    Make it the Center of Attention in an Understated Room

    disco ball in family room

    Stephan Julliard / @stephanjulliard / Instagram

    Here, a hanging disco ball steals the spotlight in a room brimming with muted hues. It’s certainly an unanticipated addition to such a space, but that’s why it works. It doesn’t compete with anything else. Try hanging a disco ball in a room at home that’s quietly elegant, but not above impromptu dance parties.

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    Use Mini Disco Balls as Glittering Bowl Filler

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    @shabbycreek / Instagram

    Sure, pine cones, seashells, and jute balls are great bowl fillers, but if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, fill a bowl, basket or vase with several small disco balls. In this space, they play well with the shabby-chic surroundings, and they surely make guests smile.

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    Add a Flash of Fun to Your Home Office

    two disco balls on a desk

    @goldalamode / Instagram

    Gone are the days of home offices featuring lackluster desk chairs and subdued décor. Nowadays, home offices are injected with plenty of personality, and these two disco balls resting on a desk are proof of this. They bring metallic interest into the space, plus they serve as reminders to not work too hard.

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    Rest a Disco Ball Under a Table

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    @tracey_tilley / Instagram

    Occasionally, displaying a disco ball requires a “go big or go home” philosophy, and this is definitely the case here. A giant disco ball sits underneath a Lucite table, making it the star of the show. Disco balls can add the perfect, playful touch to areas underneath console tables, coffee tables or even nightstands.

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    Hang Tiny Disco Balls from a Chandelier

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    Aunt Peaches

    To make a chandelier look anything-but-stuffy, hang some mirrored, miniature disco balls on it like in this image from Aunt Peaches. The best time to find these disco balls, which are typically ornaments, is during the holidays. But they work year-round to create a festive feel.

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    Display One Next to Your Potted Plants

    disco ball with potted plants

    @shehzeenr / Instagram

    It’s always interesting to place organic objects alongside items that…aren’t so organic, like a disco ball. The varying textures, rich hues, and lightheartedness make for a whimsical indoor garden.


    Turn a Disco Ball Into a Groovy Hanging Planter

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    Casually Place Your Disco Ball in a Chair

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    House of Hipsters

    It’s so easy, and yet, you would never think to do it—lean a disco ball against the arm of a chair, as shown by House of Hipsters. Bonus points if the chair is otherwise formal or fancy, creating a fanciful juxtaposition.

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    Show-Off a Disco Ball on Top of a Stack of Books or Magazines

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    @goldalamode / Instagram

    Sometimes, a stack of books or magazines just needs a little something, and the answer could be just a disco ball away. Here, it acts as a metallic stand-out among soft colors.

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    Use One as a Glitzy Planter

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    @emilyeveryday / Instagram

    If your standard pots and planters are making you yawn, why not try the disco ball version instead? This Instagrammer explains that she simply cut off the top of this disco ball, making an instant, opulent alternative to a traditional planter.

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    Hang a Disco Ball Next to a Window for a Glimmering Effect

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    @iamhayleystuart / Instagram

    Lastly, there might not be a prettier place to showcase a disco ball than in a window. That way, when the sun beams through the glass, it’ll hit the disco ball, creating a sea of sparkles in a room. And it doesn’t get much more magical than that.