Trending: Scallops and Scales

We’re calling it the ‘Blue Planet effect’ because this season’s interior looks took a dive deep under the ocean with sea creatures swimming across every surface. From scalloped furniture (we're loving the super scalloped A/W18 Anthropologie x Bethan Grey collection (opens in new tab)) to fish scale tiles (opens in new tab)and all things curved, wavy and ocean-inspired, we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the under the sea trend.

Livingetc loves Alessi’s Mediterraneo coral-shaped fruit bowl for a tablescape made in marine heaven. Plus, plaster walls with John Derian’s Captain Thomas Browns Shells wallpaper to bring the seabed to life. Time to dust off that snorkel…


Connie's scalloped arches are the perfect way to bring the curved trend home.Showcasing sheer luxe, the Connie’s scalloped frontage (also available in green) pays homage to iconic Deco design. Theatrical and daring, the flashes of brass on this sideboard add the luxe factor.

Connie sideboard, £749, Swoon Editions (opens in new tab)


Made to make you feel like you're on a beach with your toes in the water, the graphic pattern of the Marin rug reminds us of waves lapping a white sandy beach – or the bright blue scales of tropical parrot fish. Either way, we reckon it'llhelp fend off the winter blues a little longer.

Marin rug, £774, Piergil Fourquié for Hartô at Made in Design (opens in new tab)


The scaled surfaces of Christopher Hall's Triton cabinet are in fact a tribute to goddess Aphrodite, who had a chariot drawn by fishtailed tritons.

Triton stained-glass cabinet, £12,600, Christopher Hall (opens in new tab)


Lobsters mate for life, and we think these vibrant lobster lamps look even better as a pair. Gorgeous for hallways (opens in new tab), living rooms (opens in new tab) or even the home office (opens in new tab).

Quite the Catch lamp base, £365; and mediumstretched silk shade, £95, both Rosanna Lonsdale (opens in new tab)


The perfect pattern for a fabulously fun cloakroom (opens in new tab) or kids' room (opens in new tab), Osborne & Little's 'Laghetto' (that's Italian for small lake) print features illustratedfish and plant life printed on pure linen.

Laghetto F7173-01 linen, £87m, Osborne & Little (opens in new tab)


Playful but in a muted palette, this sea shell wallpaper suits practically any room – though we think it'd still be best for cloakrooms (opens in new tab) or guest bedrooms (opens in new tab). Comes in other colours too, including a multicoloured option.

Captain Thomas BrownsShells wallpaper inPearl, £65 a roll, John Derian at Designers Guild (opens in new tab)


A seaweed-inspired fruit bowl makes an on-trend scarlet (opens in new tab) centre piece.

Mediterraneo fruit bowl, £45, Emma Silvestris for Alessi (opens in new tab)

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.