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Go Fish! The Waves, fish scales and Scallops Trend in Interiors

Scallops in design via Camilla Molders Design Melbourne | Paint + PatternVia Camilla Molders Design

Are you ready to catch the next trend wave? The historic Asian-inspired scallop design is continuing to make headway into interior designs and you can increasingly spy this pattern, or the closely related wave and fish scale patterns, in many spaces and décor elements. It’s a versatile design that translates easily with varying colors and sizes onto multiple surfaces such as walls, floors, lighting, fabric, tiles and more.

Scallops Trend in interiors | African Wave Stencil via Royal Design Studio | Paint + PatternAfrican Wave Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Scallops trend in interiors via Design Stiles Collage | Paint + PatternVia designstiles

Scallops trend in interiors via Vogue-China | Paint + PatternVia Vogue China and photographed by Stefan Beckman

Scallops trend in interiors via Cole & Son feather fan wallpaper | Paint + PatternFeather Fan from Cole & Son at the Holiday House NYC

Scallops trend in interiors via Academy Tile | Paint + PatternCeramic Fish Scales from Academy Tiles

The scalloped fish scale pattern is a traditional design undergoing a thoroughly contemporary twist.  It swims easily through bohemian flavored spaces and with the right colors and décor, it can be right at home in both Art Deco and Hollywood Regency-inspired interiors. Its clean allover geometric patterns evoke a definite Asian flavor that can be interpreted in multiple looks for many surfaces.

Scallops trend in interiors via Jarrod Lim's Koi Chair | Paint + PatternJarrod Lim Koi Chair

Scallops trend in interiors via koi center table | Paint + PatternKoi Center Table by Brabbu

Scallops trend in interiors via The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors | Paint + PatternThe Musket Room as featured in Remodelista

Scallops trend in outdoor design | Paint + PatternOutdoor Design via Chelsea College of Arts

Scallops trend in interiors via Royal Design Studio Stencil | Paint + PatternSpanish Lace Scallop Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Furniture, fixtures, flooring and exterior spaces also benefit from these historic yet modern patterns. Stencils can easily help incorporate these fantastic designs in your home’s DIY projects.  Patterns such as the Scallops Allover Stencil, the African Wave Stencil, Moroccan Scallops Stencil and the Spanish Lace Scallop Stencil come in various sizes to help plan and scale your projects.

Scallops trend in interiors via Sara Larsson | Paint + PatternSara Larsson Leather Cabinet featured in Dwell

Scallops trend in interiors via Serena | Paint + PatternScalloped Textiles from Serena & Lily

Scallops trend in interiors via Cafe Pinson in Paris | Paint + PatternCafé Pinson in Paris, France

Scallops trend in interiors via Kara-Paslay | Paint + PatternScallops Allover Stencil by Kara Paslay

Fish-scale, wave and scallop detailed designs are emerging in home décor and finding themselves a haute alternative to chevron and ikat patterns. They are timeless, classic and extremely versatile designs reminiscent of the Far East. Pairing the patterns up with other hot trends, such as painted details in white or metallic finishes, will ensure that your home interiors pop out. Good design is all in the details!

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    • Thanks so much, Amanda – much appreciated! I love that Koi side table as well. It’s a unique and inspired piece! 🙂

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