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Small details--capiz shells, a single tentacle, the fan of a fin--are a subtle way to try this trend.
Encyclopedic drawings and vintage artwork are ultra-sophisticated options, especially when grouped.
Consider a sea specimen in its habitat as a way to develop a color scheme: humpback whale gray, salt water cerulean blue, wave-break sea foam green. 
Think beyond fish: Ocotopi, urchins, jellyfish, whales, crustaceans, and eels are more exotic and better representations of this trend. 
Neutral colors and weathered materials, such and burlap or distressed woods, can keep this motif from feeling themey. 

Forget soft renderings of sea glass and driftwood.
Take your marine motif to the deep end with sharks, seahorses, and squid to evoke an edge of mystery and intrigue. This trend makes clear that "under-the-sea" is not just for kids; think creatures, not cartoons. 
Have no doubt that this mood works just as well in an urban loft as it does on the coast. It can be as simple as a pair of shark fin salt shakers or as statement-making as an intricate coral lamp. We've seen designers go for the overt look by creating patterns of deep sea depictions, but we've also spotted the more elusive interpretation: natural sea elements used in construction.

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