Breathe a hint of calming beach vibes into your home with these shell lamps that’ll become the talking point in any room. 

Shells, shells, shells – it seems as though we can’t get enough of them. From seashell-inspired homeware to pearly, opalescent manicures, the seaside favourite is gaining a lot of attention once again for 2021. The giant clam shell bowl – you’ve most likely spotted on Instagram – by Matilda Goad made it on our top fifteen cult homeware items list last year, now, it’s all about lighting. 

From table lamps, to the wall sconce and lampshades; the shell-inspired styles are brightening up the year and bringing a hint of the seaside, inside. 

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Need inspiration? Creative director and interiors whizz Abi at @abimarvel (above) has made a case for the battery-operated clam light you can easily move around any room. Luckily, we’ve managed to track down a similar style for you to shop below. You. Are. Welcome. 

Although you won’t hear that soothing sea sound if you place it to your ear, there is something about seeing seashells that creates a relaxing vibe. Maybe it’s because we’re all imaging a hot beach with palm trees and tropical fruit cocktails? One can daydream. For now, we’ll just have to embrace the lights. 

A great place to find unique, hidden gems is vintage homeware sites. The one-off items you can find here will bring a retro feel to your home and you can also find a lot of them on Instagram, too. Here are five accounts to keep an eye on: 

  • @mundane.vintage
  • @bammbammshop
  • @mightyvintage
  • @maudvaughaninteriors
  • @theedition94

Want to add a shell light to your home ASAP? Keep scrolling to see seven seashell lighting options that’ll brighten up your day (literally) from here on out. 

Best shell lamps

  • Anthropologie shell lamp

    Best shell lamps: Anthropologie

    Ideal for smaller spaces, this clam wall light is the perfect alternative to a table or standing lamp. Pink not your thing? It also comes in yellow. 

    Shop shell lamp at Anthropologie, £98


  • Gubi table lamp

    Best shell lamps: Gubi

    For an instant hint of luxe to a side table or desk, add this golden shell table lamp. Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, you’ll end up wanting to make this a highlight in your home. 

    Shop Gubi 5321 Tynell Table Lamp at Nunido, £370 (previously £463)


  • Oka shell lamp

    Best shell lamps: Oka

    Adding textures into a room is an easy way to create interest without being too punchy with prints and colours. Pre-order this all-over shell style over at now. 

    Shop Cowrie table lamp at Oka, £175


  • Flovina clam lamp

    Best shell lamps: Flovina

    This iridescent ceramic shell light is an Instagram favourite. It’s battery-operated so you can move it around the house without any cables. 

    Shop Flovina ceramic shell pearl light at Etsy, £35.13


  • Chehoma shell lamp

    Best shell lamps: Chehoma

    Trouva is a hub for unique homeware and this glowing table lamp is from a little boutique in sunny Spain. Bringing a bit of the beach into your life, this clam light will brighten up any room. 

    Shop Chehoma shell table lamp at Trouva, £91.99


  • Jim Lawrence light

    Best shell lamps: Jim Lawrence

    If you have your own home, or you have a landlord who doesn’t mind you decorating the walls, this sconce light is for you. Add them to a hallway or either side of your bed for a finishing touch.

    Shop single shell wall light at Jim Lawrence, £96.20


  • Rockett St George lampshade

    Best shell lamps: Rockett St George

    Okay, so they’re not actually lights, but we had to show you these rattan seashell lampshades. Add to any ceiling light and they’ll create a boho touch to any room in the house. 

    Shop beautiful spiral shell lamp at Rockett St George, £180


Opening image: Gubi

All other images: courtesy of brands

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