The Big Catch: Fishy Decorating Ideas

Whether you live by the water or simply have an affinity for aquatic creatures, dive deep into the fishing design trend with these playful finds.

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September 08, 2020

With its coastal locale, the HGTV Urban Oasis 2020 leans into Maine's rich fishing heritage. In the guest bedroom, rainbow trout artwork created by artist Karen Musgraves pulls together all the colors used throughout the home.

Forest-Green Guest Bedroom Has Cozy Ambiance

Extra Cozy

By using the rich forest green color for both the guest bedroom walls and ceiling, the space feels cozy and special.

Photo by: Robert Peterson, Rustic White

Robert Peterson, Rustic White

We've rounded up some fun ideas for bringing a little fishy decor into your home.

Pottery Barn

Photographer Katherine Gendreau creates abstract works by using long exposures or intentionally moving the camera. Taken at an aquarium in Monterey, Calif., this photograph gives you the impression of being in a school of sardines.

Birch Lane

If you want a little maritime style, but aren't a fan of literal fish dotting your decor, take a peek at these vintage-inspired fishing weights. The trio has an oxidized copper finish, and while they look like heavy-duty sinkers, they actually only weigh six pounds all together.


From a distance, you'll hardly be able to tell this lamp is surrounded by a school of fish. With its classic shape, neutral design and subtle patterning, the light is a sophisticated way to include fish into your decorating style.

Ballard Designs

Yes, whales are mammals and not fish, but they do live in the water with all their fishy friends. Plus, this watercolor diptych is a beautiful conversation starter. Hang it in the corner of a room for unexpected styling or side-by-side over a sofa or bed.

Williams Sonoma Home

Colorful koi fish are a beloved aquatic pet and bring an art-like quality to outdoor ponds. This pretty depiction may not add color to your bookshelf or coffee table, but it certainly brings a note of glam. Available in two sizes, the sculptures are handcrafted from solid brass.


Pillows are the easiest way to try a new trend. Mix this oh-so-fun fish print with a combination of solids and graphic patterns — all in the same color palette — to refresh your sofa's style.


When you want to try out something new in your decorating, look for petite accessories. This four-by-four mini print is a fun addition to a desk, bookshelf or gallery wall, bringing the just-right amount of quirky fishing to a room.

CoastalCoveCreations at Etsy

Made from a picket fence from the Jersey Shore, these reclaimed wood fish are hand-cut and -painted, so that each is one-of-a-kind. Select from two sizes and a wide variety of color schemes to create a vibrant wall of fish.


No fear of sleeping with the fishes here. These graphic-printed sheets stick to the always classic color combo of blue and white. Finish up a nautical-inspired guest or kids' room by dressing the bed in these cozy cotton percale sheets.


Representing the scariest fish out there, this shark silhouette is cut out of distressed pallet wood. Pick the stain or color of your choice to coordinate with your decor.

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