12 Creative Ways to Decorate with Shells
The style of this Bald Head Island, North Carolina, home was directed by one sea-inspired piece in particular: a glass-and-seashell chandelier the homeowner had specially made by artist Louise Gaskill. "I asked the artist to use vintage blue glass to bring in the colors of the ocean," she says. "Then I planned the subtle blue and green accents throughout the rest of the home around that piece."
Add a coastal twist to any room by adorning bookcases with found shells. On this shelf, a pretty collection of shells, coral, and starfish pop in a vintage metal basket. Placing shells on top of book stacks and other decorative objects adds a pretty finish to the look.
The shell and coral stoppers atop these vintage glass bottles are a clever way to display the shore’s bounty. Placing them together gives the impression of a well-curated collection.
This inviting Laguna Beach guest room gets beachy flair from a pretty, white shell atop a mirrored antique. Its size and interesting shape work well with the table vignette.
Earthy shells lend a natural accent to this cotton-candy pink and mint green bedroom.
Put a nautical spin on pillar candleholders by adding small shells to the bottom of each. This long-lasting accent works throughout the year, for any season.
These Ponte Vedra Beach homeowners installed wainscoting in the dining room to create architectural interest. Small, mantel-like shelving atop the paneling provides a practical perch for a laidback shell collection display.
A handcrafted curtain made from locally sourced shells defines the entrance to this Maui bedroom.
A shell encrusted lamp sets the scene for this relaxing workspace with a killer view. The shell theme continues with glass jars that display the couple’s collection.
Shells make the perfect frame for a beach house mirror, like this one centered above an antique table.