First Came Coastal Grandma, Now You Can Try Crustaceancore

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crustaceancore placemat

The Spruce / Illustration by Amy Sheehan / Himmelberg Home

Earlier this spring we took a closer look at the coastal grandmother aesthetic, which is all about embracing the simpler things in life, like that perfect Nancy Meyers style kitchen and evenings relaxing by the lake with a glass of wine. Then there was Barbiecore, which celebrates all things pink and feminine, just like the doll. If you've been enjoying experimenting with these design trends, you're in luck. Now, crustaceancore is majorly en vogue.

“Reminiscent of seaside memories, the crustacean trend is becoming a mainstay amongst shoppers this summer,"  says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. "The trend comes hot off the heels of the coastal grandma aesthetic—we like to think of it as coastal grandma’s bolder, brighter younger sister—and allows shoppers to add pops of personality to both their homes and wardrobes with everything from colorful crabs to prawn prints."

elevated crustaceancore

White Sands

When it comes to crustaceancore related home products, there's truly something for everyone. "The crustacean trend compliments a variety of styles making it easy to incorporate into existing decor," Johnson adds. "Crustaceancore is all about adding moments of fun and playfulness to a space and shoppers should enjoy using this trend to create a unique home that’s truly their own.” Keep reading to shop some of our favorite crustaceancore themed accessories of the moment.

New Hampshire Craftworks Store Large Decorative Clam Dish - Paint Your Own Ceramic Keepsake

clam dish


This clam dish can be kept plain white or you can choose to paint it in a fun color. Use it to store matchbooks on your coffee table or corral loose jewelry pieces on your bedside.

HimmelbergHome Red Lobster Embroidered White Linen Placemats

lobster placemats


Add some pep to your tabletop with these adorable lobster themed placemats. It doesn't matter whether you live by the ocean or not; this motif is perfect for summer and makes a formal dining arrangement appear a little more playful.

Nicole Miller Home Shell Motif Kitchen Towels, 3 Pack

shell towels


If you're looking to start slow with the crustaceancore aesthetic, why not do something simple like upgrade your kitchen towels? This shell print is festive yet not over the top, and who knows, maybe pretty linens will make drying those dishes feel like less of a chore?

Highland Dunes Icy Blue Crab - Picture Frame Print

crab print


Add a crustaceancore element to your gallery wall with this crab print that's framed and ready to go. Featuring a mix of blues, reds, and oranges, it'll complement a wide range of color schemes.

C&F Home Shell Shaped Embroidered Throw Pillow 16"x23"

shell pillow


This white and gold shell shaped throw pillow is chic and classy. Place it atop an accent chair in the living room or use it in lieu of a lumbar pillow on your bed. Either way, it'll add an elevated touch to any space.


tervis tumbler


Tervis Tumblers come in handy whether you're at home or on the go. Because they're plastic, they're excellent for outdoor entertaining—no need to worry about glass breaking. Plus, these are known for being extra durable and long lasting. And if you're looking for a stylish way to bring your iced coffee on the go, all you have to do is add a lid! When not in use, this shell themed set will look fab on your open shelving, too.

Katie Kime The World Is Your Oyster Lucite Tray

oyster tray

Katie Kime

Jazz up your dresser with a preppy oyster themed tray that's perfect for holding perfumes or other bits and bobs. This piece can even be monogrammed, making it an excellent gift option, too.

Crate & Barrel Crabs Glass Double Old-Fashioned Glass

crab glasses

Crate & Barrel

Place these crab cocktail glasses on your bar cart and you're bound to smile every time you see them. Whether you use them for speciality drinks or simply fill them with a glass of sparkling water, they're just too good.

Gold Leaf Collective Vintage Brass Sea Shells - Set of 4

vintage shells


These vintage brass seashells are so special! They would look stunning on a coffee table as an instant conversation piece, or you could frame them in various shadowboxes so that they double as art.

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