On the Spot: Polka Dot Decor

Abigail Sawyer | 28 Feb 2014 | Trends

Did you know how Polka Dots got their name? Some think they’re inspired by the short tuba blasts that are the polka’s most memorable characteristic feature. Others believe that the polish word for “little woman,” polka, was naturally applied to this petite, feminine print. Learn more about where polka dots came from in this article from The Hairpin.

Polka Dot Decor

Add a shot of happiness to your home with these dotty pieces for the home.


  1. Gold Polka Dot Pillow Cover – Grinn
  2. Polka Dotted Potholders – Anthropologie
  3. Polka Dot Cereal Bowl – Fishs Eddy
  4. Blue vs. Pink Wall Clock – Etsy
  5. Painted Dot Airgo Chair – PB Teen
  6. Dualit Emma Bridgewater Toaster – John Lewis
  7. Green Paper Straws – Cutetape
  8. Polka Dot Napkins – Pottery Barn

How To Decorate With Polka Dots

Think polka dots are all whimsy and fluff? This versatile motif works just as well in traditional spaces as eclectic ones.

Dots Get Buttoned Up. When paired with traditional shapes, polka dots look positively polished.


Spotty Accent. Liven up mostly solid decor with a polka dot fabric in the same color scheme.

polka dot pillows for bedroom

Eclectic Mix. If you’re up for pattern mixing, why not go big! Oversized polka dots clash happily with stripes and colorful prints.

Mixing patterns Polka Dots

Dotted Minimalism. Polka dot wallpaper in crisp grey and white adds just enough interest to this pared down alcove.

Polka Dot Wallpaper

Celestial Wonder. Polka dots are a traditional kid’s motif, but in this galaxy gazer nursery, scattered dots become a starry sky accent wall.

Galaxy Gazer Nursery

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw