Florals for spring? It's all about shell decor for 2024 – these are our top picks

Shell decor is a major trend for the summer months, and interior experts everywhere are embracing this peaceful design style. Here’s how to bring the look into your space with ease this season

A selection of shell decor
(Image credit: Urban Outfitters, H&M Home, Anthropologie)

If you’re looking to get into the summer mood without overhauling your entire interior design scheme, look no further than the current interior design trend taking over: Shell decor is everywhere, and these dreamy accents add just a touch of fun to your summer decor ideas this season.

‘Shell and coastal decor evoke a sense of tranquility and serenity, bringing the essence of the sea into our interiors,’ says NYC-based interior designer Jennifer Stephan. ‘The appeal lies in its ability to transport us to idyllic coastal retreats, where the gentle lapping of waves and soft sandy shores inspire relaxation and calmness. It looks equally as good outdoors and can bridge that gap between outdoor-indoor living.’

The key, however, is to not go overboard. You want to make sure you add only one or two statement accents, whether that’s a vase, a sconce, or even just a small trinket dish, so that you create a calming vibe, but don’t make it a full-on coastal design scheme. In order to make the process easy for you, I’ve searched through all my favorite retailers in order to find the best shell decor pieces available right now.

Shell decor is the easiest way to bring the beach into your home without having to go on vacation, but you should make sure to be subtle in its execution to avoid things feeling too kitschy. However, with the right accents, this interior design trend can elevate your space, and lend a feeling of calm.

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.