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Six chic ways to nail Pantone’s nautical homeware interiors trend

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Pantone has spoken: nautical homeware and under the sea-inspired interiors are going to be big for 2020. 

When it comes to interior design trends, Pantone knows its stuff. 

Considered an authoritative voice in everything design and interiors related, the brand’s trend reports inform the aesthetics for a range of creative industries and the Pantone ‘colour of the year’ is always a shade we take note of and know we’ll see popping up in new restaurants and fashion pieces. 

So for those who like to be ahead of the trends, the news that Pantone has already called one of the biggest trends for next year is exciting stuff. 

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Drawing on our long time obsession with the sea, shells and coral, Pantone thinks that underwater themes are going to be big in 2020, from sea-inspired stationery to nautical homewares. 

To make sure we’re one step ahead, here we’ve picked out some of the coolest, chicest ways to interpret the nautical homeware trend, picking out independent artists and whimsical wallpaper to ensure that our homes look more sophisticated than sailor. 

  • Oyster Isles from Amazon

    You really can’t beat using a gorgeous coffee table book as a way to nod to an incoming trend. They’re easy and inexpensive to pick up for your home but with interiors it’s all the little details that make the difference, and dressing your rooms properly with the right books is key to making an impact. 

    Oyster Isles by Bobby Groves takes the reader on a journey through Britain and Ireland’s oysters, but while interesting, we have to admit we fell in love with this tome on face value thanks to the rich, blue cover and gold script. 

    £20, Amazon 

  • Coral candle from L'Object

    We adore Liberty London because of the way it handpicks products from the most interesting, unique and design-focused brands, and this coral-topped candle from L’Object is the perfect example of this.

    We love the simple sea-inspired touch in the coral-encrusted lid, and that not everything with an underwater feel has to be blue. What’s more, the fragrance is pink champagne, which sounds absolutely delicious. 

    Liberty London, £115

  • Girl with Shell print by Frances Costello

    Will the pairing of pastel pink and an illustrated shell ever get old? We certainly hope not. This dreamy print is exactly the kind of thing we’d hang on our walls to reference our fondness for sea shells, and the fact that it’s by up-and-coming designer Frances Costelloe is even better. 

    Costelloe designs are all drawn and painted in her London studio, taking inspiration from Matisse’s artworks.

    Liberty London, £135

  • Sea fern wallpaper by Lee Jofa

    Anthropologie’s Artist Collaboration series shines a spotlight on lots of incredible artists, like Lee Jofa, who designed this whimsical repeat wallpaper.

    Coral prints are a beautiful way of referencing the sea trend without getting too traditionally nautical, and this pretty one comes in both sky blue and guacamole green.

    Anthropologie, £98 

  • Flora armchair from Oliver Bonas

    If you don’t fancy putting a shell on your walls, why not sit in one instead? Scallop edged furniture has long been a fast-track to cool interiors but we especially love the shell-like design of this velvet Flora chair from Oliver Bonas. 

    Although it’s available in five colours, we particularly like the blue hue because of its sea-like connotations. 

    Oliver Bonas, £395

  • You, me, sea beach towel from Anthropologie

    This cute, stripey beach towel makes us think of the pastel beach huts in seaside towns, which instantly brings a smile to our faces. 

    Use it ornamentally, propped over a leaning ladder in your bathroom to reference the nautical trend for a look that’s a little more fun. 

    Anthropologie, £48 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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