Architectural columns ornamented with fluting—those vertical channels that create an elegant interplay of light and shadow—have been around since Egyptian times. Fluting next made its way inside as high-style detailing on paneling and furniture: picture the tapered legs on a Louis XVI table. But it wasn’t on our radar as a design option until just the other month—which now feels like a lifetime ago—when we started noticing decorative grooves cropping up all over the house. We particularly admire the use of fluting in the kitchen as a textural and skinnifying element. Yes, a bit of extra dusting might be required; we’d be willing. Here, a look at some favorite fluted projects in wood, stone, and plaster.