Sea shells and scallop-edging are decor trends that we can’t get enough of. Here’s 13 homeware pieces to help you get the look for yourself.
There are some interior design trends that just never get old, and homeware pieces with a seashell twist seem to be one of them.
Whether it’s a whimsical print of a mermaid-like scene, or a lamp with a scalloped edge, there’s just something about the sea which continues to inspire.
The trend has been huge for years, and Etsy’s recent interiors forecast shows it’s not slowing down. “The seashell trend is all about adding small accents like throw pillows, lamps, or dishes. It’s a chic, understated way to bring a piece of the sea in your home decor without going for a full nautical theme,” says Etsy trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson.
But we’re not the only ones who are head over heels for scallop and shell details. Interior designer Sophie Conran uses them in many of her designs and has even incorporated the theme into her brand’s logo.
“I have long been a fan of the scallop and we even have it as our company logo. Its gently undulating waves soften and bring prettiness and charm to almost everywhere around the home, from bowls to bed linen, napkins and planters,” Conran tells stylist.co.uk.
Online you’ll find lots of new homeware accessories that reflect the trend, with plenty of nods towards shells from bedroom must-haves such as pink velvet cushions to living room statement pieces like a scallop-backed armchair.
From Habitat and Sophie Conran to Liberty London and Matilda Goad, all of our go-to interior brands are doing it. Below you’ll find our edit of the best scalloped and shell-inspired homeware pieces and accessories which harness the trend in the most stylish way.
Ocean Magique art print
Hotel Magique’s online store has a selection of shell-inspired illustrations, but we particularly like this dreamy, blue print.
Patterned cotton cushion cover
This cute cushion cover is an easy way to indulge your love of all things mermaid, but with minimal effort (and spending).
These shell-inspired teaspoons will make elevenses even sweeter!
Lilac scalloped bed linen
Sophie Conran’s selection of scalloped bedding is a homeware dream.
We love this soft lilac for spring, but there’s also green, coral, blue and yellow to choose from, too.
Scallop rug Cerise at Salvesen Graham
Hand-crafted by artisans in India, this high-quality rug promises to keep its good looks.
We particularly like the double scallop edge in contrasting colours of pink and green (another big interiors win), for an extra shot of eccentricity.
Tamar Mogendorff is the unique designer who specialises in fairytale-inspired homewares and is a Liberty London favourite.
We adore these peachy pink cushions, particularly when layered together.
Summer Blooms scallop bedspread
COCO & WOLF is the master of vintage-chic, making items like this floral bedspread look like a staple at Soho Farmhouse instead of relic from the 70s.
Lay it on the end of your bed with the scallop detailing fully exposed, preferably with a plain duvet so it really stands out.
This pretty pink vase is an absolute steal from children’s brand Smallable.
It also comes in turquoise, pale blue and yellow if, like us, you fancy the whole collection.
Polly duvet set
Habitat’s scalloped duvet set gives you the option of combining the look of fresh, white bed linen with a pop of colour.
This mustard tone will brighten up a chic, all-white theme or would look great with burnt orange and dark greens for an earthier feel.
Signature scallop lampshade
Matilda Goad is the master of all things scalloped, so if you like her lampshade you also need to check out her planters and napkins.
This rattan beauty straddles both the scallop trend and our obsession with natural decor, making it a win-win.
Flora scalloped armchair
What would this list be without one of 2020’s most-coveted pieces, the scallop-backed, velvet chair?
We’re big fans of velvet, so we were hook, line and sinker as soon as we saw this.
Pink scalloped napkins
These beautiful scallop napkins are hand embroidered by skilled artisans, making them even more special.
Crafted from high quality fair trade cotton, the scallop detail is a signature of interior designer Sophie Conran.
Images: Hotel Magique by Nicole Cooper / courtesy of brands
Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.