Fish Scales

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today we're talking fish scales.  This pattern, like many patterns that most consider "modern", has been around for centuries.  The most recognizable application that comes to mind is the fish scale shingles seen on the exteriors of houses of the Victorian era. Fish scale shingles were used mainly in the gables of these homes.

And sometimes the fish scale design was used on roofing shingles.

But we're talking about  the here and the now, and the fish scale design seems to be gaining popularity - again.

Cole & Son's "Feather Fan" wallpaper

Fish scales would be an easy fit in the bathroom

Here is a modern bathroom by Emily Henderson that features fish scale tiles on the floor.

And another bathroom that features fish scale tiles on the shower walls.  

Image via Pinterest,  original source unknown

I love how the fish scale pattern was used as a border on the rug below.  It adds interest while being understated.

And for those of you that want to add a little touch of fish scale without a major commitment, why not add a fish scale pillow?

or this shower curtain from Jonathan Adler.
What do you think?  Do you like the fish scale pattern?

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Emma said...

Fish scale pattern also makes me think of the Roaring 20s and Art Deco--especially on the Nippon pattern and the Jonathan Adler curtain--which is very popular now as well! Also like the pillow as a fun way to try out the trend on a smaller level.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Yes I do like repitition on most things so this is soothing.

Thehouseofhampton said...

I do like the pattern. If one could commit its a major statement that stands the test of time. The visual impact is a game changer for the room. I think my favorite is the green shower. Fish scale walls with that mosaic tile floor...
Sign me up!

Vel Criste said...

Yes, especially that flooring tile & the gorgeous wallpaper! Probably not for the exterior of my home, because like you said, perfect for victorian home.

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I love it on the border of the rug!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Great round up. I'm a fan of it in small doses. Love it in bathrooms best I think.

House of Pemberley said...

I love it, especially with a mod spin, like the Nippon and Cole & Sons papers.

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

There's a cute bungalow on my street with original fish scale siding in the area between the roof line and the tops of the windows (whatever that's called). It's ADORABLE. I'm obsessed.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

I like the fish scale especially if you are looking for a smaller scale pattern to go with larger ones!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I like that detail, especially on the pillow. Pam at Simple Details made a lampshade that has the fishtail effect.

Unknown said...

I do, and I love the history behind it! Have a great weekend. xo Nancy

Andrea said...

I am loving these fish scales, and I think the look would be perfect here in South Florida!!

The Glam Pad

Andrea said...

I am loving these fish scales, and I think the look would be perfect here in South Florida!!

The Glam Pad