Fish Decor Is in High Demand These Days—Here Are Our Top 24 Picks
Including that woven bag you were so obsessed with.
Updated Aug 2, 2023 1:57 PM
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It’s hard to ignore the coastal-preppy undertones that have infiltrated fashion and interiors in recent years—tennis (or, more likely, pickleball) gear; striped decor and furniture; this nostalgic J.Crew account; a sweater tied over the shoulders. Within every trend exists a micro trend, and the latest we’ve been into is the nautical fish motif, adorning dinnerware, fashion accessories, and even entire walls. While inarguably niche, you’ve been all in on the idea, too—numerous inquiring minds left comments on last week’s sun hat roundup begging for a source on DJ Mia Moretti’s woven fish wall art.
Spoiler alert: It’s handmade. But, we managed to locate a similar aquatic cutie while also uncovering more of the best fish decor to fill your home with summer-on-the-Cape vibes all year long. From the bag style that caused a ruckus to a sardine-patterned serving platter to a set of scales-and-fins–adorned matchboxes, these prove that, sometimes, a little fishy can be a good thing.
You probably didn’t know you needed a woven fish bag until you laid eyes on this Mexican-made Etsy find, crafted in a similar style to Moretti’s. Sure, you could wear it, but wouldn’t it look even better strung up next to more art?
Talk about a conversation starter. Placing this salt bowl on your table is like having another guest at the party. At just three inches in length, its like a little piece of jewelry for your home.
This giclée print of late 18th century imagery is just one in a series of three that is also offered in a triptych; its giving dusty Nantucket study in the best way.
Woven placemats are everywhere, but these are the first we’ve seen with a fish motif decorating the border. Made in Colombia from sun-baked iraca palm leaves, the craftsmanship alone is worth investing in.
Celebrate the sun and the sea with this graphic vintage plate by Vietri. It’s meant for hanging, and even has hardware built in.
Trivets are about function, but why not opt for a petite, charming fish-shaped one made of cedar wood?
If your grocery store olive oil hasn’t been doing your countertops any favors, consider this a sign to invest in this refill-friendly ceramic bottle with mackerel swimming along its bottom.
The only thing better than a fish motif is a smiling fish motif. These woven placemats date back to 1950, when they were originally sold at Sacks Fifth Avenue.
Ichendorf Milano’s Animal Farm jug brings the charm of an aquarium minus the maintenance.
Not only a cheeky serving piece, this cast-iron fish pan goes from grill to table. Hang it on a pegboard via the hole that approximates an eye or even use it as a catchall for garlic.
White porcelain plates are cool and all, but nothing competes with Bordallo Pinheiro’s hand-painted fish one that’s “inspired by Portuguese culture and rustic dining traditions.” Setting an entire table with these would be pricey, so why not hang one on the wall?
Reminiscent of Positano restaurants on the sea, Vietri’s hand-painted ceramics bring that coastal Italian flair to your table with some charming fish adorning the rim.
Whether revamping your powder room or entryway, Graham & Brown’s aquatic wallpaper brings a minimal maritime note with simple line drawings.
If anyone was at the forefront of the fish trend, it’s Italian creative Paola Navone. In addition to a nearly iconic carafe, her designs for Serax include a herring-shaped tray perfect for serving snacks at a dinner party.
Just imagine serving a seafood spaghetti dish in this rustic serving bowl, made by a master potter for editor-favorite Malaika. It’s crafted in the Egyptian village of Tunis using ancient ceramic techniques.
This stoneware platter sporting three sardines is great for entertaining, but it could double as a tray for your desk or coffee table, too. If you’re looking for more cool kitchenware sourced from Amazon, we have that as well.
Woven from hand-coiled abaca, this trout-shaped rug puts rectangular ones to shame. At 36 inches long, it’s more of an accent than corner-to-corner cover.
We knew trucker hats were a thing, but apparently trucker totes are, too. This neoprene and recycled mesh bag reads Liberez les sardines, which translates to “Free the fishes.” (A slogan that also appears on this hat that you can’t stop buying.)
HomArt’s matchboxes are the definition of a cheap thrill. At $14 for a set of two, why not keep one for yourself and give the other to a friend? That way, you can both embrace the trend.
This quirky metal serving platter is only $15 on Amazon; we’d use it as a landing pad for bits and bobs by the front door.
We’re all for eating straight from the tin, but a Portugal-made ceramic container takes tiny fish from in-a-rush to intentional. Plus it keeps things tidy by catching any oil drippings.
We’ve never met a Fornasetti plate we didn’t love, but this one is at the top of our wish list. Notice the hook piercing Italian soprano (and brand muse) Lina Cavalieri’s nose.
There are plenty of fish in the sea in Cole & Son’s Acquario wallpaper—also a Fornasetti design. The pattern evokes a playful innocence, while the black background keeps things chic.
Conran Shop’s Fish Under the Sea pillow is eye-catching, not only for its graphic embroidered print but because of its rich orange hue. Mix it in with like-colored pillows or let it be the star of the show on a lounge chair.