Beautiful dough bowls, discover where to find these rustic beauties & creative ways to style them for a touch of farmhouse charm.

For years, I’ve been drawn to the warmth and character of wooden dough bowls. Maybe it’s the timeless simplicity, or perhaps it’s the story they seem to hold. These handcrafted bowls add a touch of rustic charm to any space.

Dough bowls aren’t just for kneading bread anymore. These beautiful wooden vessels have become a design staple, adding a touch of rustic charm and organic texture to any space. Their simple elegance and versatility make them a favorite among decorators.

How To Style A Dough Bowl

Today, we’ll explore the world of dough bowls, from finding the perfect piece to styling them for a stunning seasonal display.

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There are many ways to style dough bowls. One of the easiest ways is to add fillers. A bag of white pods mixed with some rose gold twig balls available at Target. Such an easy combination!

Adding fillers gives a nice organic look with lots of textures.

You can place the dough bowl on the fireplace hearth, the center of a table, an island, or a coffee table. This way of styling your dough bowl is simple and works in various spaces in your home.

Need a pop of color in your neutral home? I got you!

Try adding fruit to a dough bowl. It is one of my favorite ways to style it. I love filling my dough bowl with a vibrant display of fresh seasonal fruits. Apples, oranges, lemons, or limes add a pop of color and a touch of nature to my table or countertop.

It is such an easy way to bring color and warmth to a space. Plus, the fruit is out for family members to grab and enjoy.

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You can even add faux fruit to your dough bowl. Christmas holiday season, faux gold pears with greenery made the perfect centerpiece for the coffee table.

My modern farmhouse has a coastal vibe with hues of blues and greens. Here is a fun way to style a dough bowl by grouping items.

A small reproduction dough bowl holds a few items with a coastal style. Antique books with the covers removed and tied with twine help elevate items in the bowl. A couple of antique books for .25 cents. Shop yard sales and thrift stores.

A small glass vase filled with seashells, a sand dollar, and a starfish adds a fun element. It reminds me of days at the beach. Some aqua glass beads give a tranquil display color.

A heart with Je T’aime (I love you) in French completes styling the wooden dough bowl. I get more compliments on this simple dough bowl arrangement.

It is fun to use your imagination to come up with new ideas. Shop your home for items that could fit in your dough bowl. You can grab a laundry basket, walk through your home, and place items in it.

Begin adding items to your bowl. Books can be used to add height. This bowl has been styled with a wooden pedestal for the antique scale and faux plants. Try adding real plants to your bowl.

For a touch of whimsy, drape lighter-colored wooden beads over the rim of your bowl, introducing a contrasting wood tone. Let spring and summer come alive with fragrant lavender, soft moss balls, or a charming rabbit figurine – a delightful surprise for little visitors who can’t resist rearranging the display (no worries, that’s part of the fun!).

For a touch of fall magic, I filled this bowl with a bed of faux greenery and nestled some real oranges on top. You can stud a few oranges with cloves. Your entire kitchen will be filled with the most amazing citrusy aroma! This trick works with apples too, making it a versatile styling option for fall, winter, and even the Christmas season.

The oversized wood dough bowls can hold lanterns with lots of greenery, pinecones, ornaments, etc.

A large wooden dough bowl with a few books, white pods, and a glass cloche with a church is a beautiful display on a buffet or console table. It could be for the Christmas holiday and even sit out for winter.

To capture spring, consider filling your dough bowl with three miniature rosemary topiaries nestled in a bed of soft moss. Birds and nests evoke springtime’s renewal – perhaps you could add a small bird figurine or a woven twig nest to complete the scene

Spring and summer rabbits are in our yard. It is fun to tuck a sweet bunny. They are not just for Easter!

Hope you got some good ideas for style a dough bowl. Again, the possibilities are endless and fun to do!

Treasure hunting for dough bowls is half the fun! Local antique stores and vintage markets are prime spots to unearth unique finds. Here’s where I’ve had the most luck at vintage markets. These markets will showcase a wide variety of treasures of old and new. A large, antique dough bowl with a rich history from France was found at Lucketts. And yes, it has a certain heft to it, a testament to its quality and age!

My collection extends to a pair of medium-sized dough bowls. One, a true vintage find, I unearthed years ago at a charming local market. The other newer bowl boasts a beautiful vintage aesthetic. It was from Pottery Barn about five years ago. What truly sets this piece apart is the included information card, tracing its origins back to 19th-century Hungary. There’s something special about knowing the history behind a piece, and this dough bowl holds a story.

My dough bowl collection boasts a delightful mix of old and new. Three bowls hail from Europe, each with its unique history. The remaining three are beautifully crafted reproductions, offering a touch of vintage charm without age. I even have an antique dough box – you can read more about that special piece here: Antique Dough Box: A Beautiful Nostalgic Touch for Your Kitchen.

Dough bowls offer a wonderful opportunity to add warmth, texture, and a touch of history to your home decor. There is a perfect dough bowl waiting to be discovered.

We’d love to see how you incorporate these versatile pieces into your home! Share your styling ideas in the comments below. I love to hear from you.

May your day be filled with many blessings, sweet friend!

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12 Comments

  1. These are all such beautiful ideas, Tammy. I have a few reproduction dough bowls, but a real-vintage one is on my wish list. I just need to save my pennies!😉

  2. You’ve convinced me to start looking for a dough bowl for our home! I have one that my hubby hand carved years ago and I love it. But I wouldn’t mind having another one! 🥰

    1. Cindy, they are great. I have mine all filled right now and feel like just one more. LOL Keep that bargain eye of yours open for one.

  3. Tammy, I really enjoyed this post! I have been wanting a dough bowl for quite some time, but have not found one yet! I’ll be using your tips! Thanks, Donna

  4. Tammy, SO many great ideas for how to use a dough bowl… and WHERE you can find them! I think this is one of the best posts I’ve read on dough bowls! Pinned, and I’m excited to be sharing you at Tuesday Turn About this week!

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