Decorative busts have had a long and storied past—and they're coming back in a big way. A classic marker of traditional design and a longstanding fixture of museums, they’ve since emerged as a modern accent piece with an ironic-yet-cheeky flair.
From neon designs to planters to candles, you can recreate that Parisian apartment vibe in your own home—sometimes with a twist. Curious as to how one would play out in your space? Spoiler alert: There’s a lot of variety out there, which means that finding one that suits your style is easier than ever.
Here, the best decorative busts.
Kensington Hill Classic Roman Bust Statue
Sometimes, the simplest designs can make the biggest impact in a space—and this bust is proof. Made of resin and hand-painted matte white, this 16-inch statue adds an elegant touch to mantles and accent tables with ease. Its intricate details allow it to sit pretty on its own, yet its minimal style will pair well with other decorative accents, like colorful floral bouquets and luxe candles.
Karen Jai Home Mildura Statue
If you're looking for a more artful take on decorative busts, you'll appreciate this style from Karen Jai Home. Available in both pink and blue, each bust features a gold splattered accent that makes it appear like it's fresh out of an art studio. Though it's a bit of a splurge, it's a real statement piece that you're sure to have for years to come.
PERART Sculptures Pop Art David Bust
Old meets new with this cheeky, pop art-inspired bust from Etsy shop PERART Sculptures. The marble cast remake of Michelangelo’s iconic David sculpture is complete with a smashed ice cream cone right on his face, an expected yet playful choice. While this particular sculpture may work best in a contemporary home, the idea of juxtaposing it with a traditional or even modern minimalist space is enticing.
Anthropologie Grecian Bust Pot
Form meets function with this decorative bust from Anthropologie. Doubling as a planter for smaller plants like succulents, this sculpture was made for showing off your plant babies in style. Made of cement and complete with hand-painted gold detailing, this bust looks like it belongs in a classically-designed garden—but will look similarly at home on your nightstand or windowsill.
Cire Trudon Marie-Antoinette Candle
If you're still a little unsure about incorporating a decorative bust into your space, it's best to start small. Take this bust of Marie Antoinette, for example, which stands at roughly 8-inches tall. And the best part? This piece is actually an unscented candle—although we wouldn't blame you if you never lit it.
Currently available in two colors (stone and black), this candle includes thoughtful details like a swath of fabric around her shoulders and a crown bejeweled with pearls and fleur-de-lis. Prop this piece on a bookshelf or the coffee table atop an equally elegant tray for added elegance.
Ballard Designs Bunny Williams Diana Bust
Looking for something classic? This bust created by designer Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs checks all the boxes. Hand cast and composed of white plaster, this bust pays homage to Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon, hunt, and childbirth. Powerful and inspiring, this bust makes for a great addition to a desk, bedroom vanity, or anywhere you'd like an extra boost of confidence.
Dvn by Devon Greek Statue Bust
This cheeky handmade bust is serving up some serious edge. Available on Etsy, the roughly hand-sized piece is available in black or white and features a sleek splash of gold detailing across the eyes. Poised to liven up your desk or bookcase, this bust can also just as easily live on your vanity and serve as a landing spot for your necklaces and chains.
NÉOS David Bust Candle
A decorative bust that also doubles as a candle? Now that's a bright idea. Handmade in California with 100 percent soy wax, NÉOS's David Bust Candle stands at 6-inches tall and is guaranteed to spruce up any space, from your nightstand to your mantel to the bathroom counter. Available in nine colors—balmy blue, cement, ivory, rose pink, royal vanilla, neon green, neon pink, neon yellow, and lilac—this candle will burn for roughly two hours and make for a fun piece of décor between uses.
CB2 Judy Bust Statue
A decorative bust that’s equal parts traditional and modern looks a lot like this sleek, black resin find from CB2. With its modern matte finish—with the exception of the eyes, which were left shiny as a playful wink (no pun intended)—and sophisticated build, this sculpture is a lesson in combining eras with elegance and flair.
This bold item is not meant to be hidden on a shelf or on the corner of the dining room credenza. Instead, it’s the type of conversation piece better reserved for the entryway console, leading to a first impression as good as any.
Our Life by Stellas Apollo Grecian Bust Vase
A Grecian decorative bust reimagined in a contemporary color scheme is a recipe for interior design perfection—and this adaptation is exactly what we had in mind. Modeled after Apollo, the god of music, poetry, art, and light (to name a few), the relatively compact piece is made of ceramic but comes with a rubber coating for extra protection.
Its dark green coloring inspires intrigue and earmarks it as an instant accent piece, while its classic-meets-contemporary look means you can easily bring this one into just about any decorative scheme.
Galleria Romanelli Pink Marbled Bust Of Venus De' Medici
If you’re ready to plunge into the deep end, Galleria Romanelli's pink marble-effect rendition is undoubtedly the way to do it. It's on the very high end price-wise, but it's hard to deny the sheer allure of such a unique piece of art. Crafted from plaster, the blend of pink and white results in a visually-defined finish that’s pure sophistication.
Handcrafted in Italy by Galleria Romanelli—one of the oldest sculpture studios in the world—this decorative bust depicts Aphrodite, the Hellenic goddess of love and beauty. And while its saturated coloring may not be for everyone, it’s a decorative risk that's definitely worth taking.
The Greek Designers Sophia Marathon Boy Bust
Looking to make a statement? This color-saturated bust is certainly one way to go about it. With a flair for the dramatic thanks to its vivid composition, this sculpture from Etsy shop The Greek Designers offers up a lively departure from the expected.
Featuring the fabled Marathon boy and set atop a white, engraved stand, you can snag one of these in six inspired colorways; sky blue, a dreamy blue-green, and an earthy brown included. Coming in at just under 10 inches, this piece can be propped up on a shelf, double as a bookend, or sit on top of a dresser or cabinet for a punchy touch of décor.
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Anna Kocharian is a freelance interior design and lifestyle writer. Her love of florals means she’s snagging a decorative bust-turned-planter and designating it as a permanent fixture of her coffee table—finally a vessel worthy of her angel wing begonia.