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Nautilus Lamps and Other Seashell Lights

Updated on September 15, 2014

Treasures from the Sea to Light Your Home

A Seashell light or lamp, whether it's on a table, a pendant light, wall sconce, or a simple night light, is a beautiful addition to any décor.

Whether you like mixed scallop shells off the beach, conchs, or some other type, there's sure to be a lamp that's perfect for your décor. One of my favorites is the nautilus, and the lighting inspired by this interesting creature is particularly appealing, in my opinion.

Any of the ones shown on this page will be welcome and look beautiful in just about any style home, but would really be a perfect fit for a beach house, or a room with nautical or coastal décor.

Enjoy this collection of home lighting inspired by treasures from the sea ... and look for some special information about the fascinating nautilus along the way, too!

Image shown above is from Amazon, with details just below.

Subtle Neutral Colors - Perfect for Any Décor

If you've been yearning for just the right seashell lamp that's elegant, yet just a little different, you may have just found it!

This quality lamp features a finely detailed sculpture of a nautilus shell in beautiful, yet subtle colors. With a cream oval shade, it will easily fit in most any space without protruding too much.

This stunning choice will lend a graceful touch to any home, and fit in perfectly with a coastal or a décor.

The Nautilus - A Sight to Behold

A chambered Nautilus in the Berlin Zoo Aquarium
A chambered Nautilus in the Berlin Zoo Aquarium | Source

The Chambered Nautilus Hasn't Chaged for Millions of Years

What an awesome looking marine creature!

Though their shells are, indeed, beautiful, a live nautilus is something to behold, as you can see from the one in the photo.

It's easy to see a family resemblance between the nautilus and our friend, the squid. Yes, they really are related!

Scientifically, they are both Cephalopods, a class which includes both the nautilus and squid, along with their cousins the octopus and cuttlefish. Marine biologists tell us that Cephalopods pre-date even the emergence of the first fish, and have been around for nearly 500 million years.

And nautiluses are among the oldest of the Cephalopods, but many types of nautiluses that once existed have now gone extinct.

Though their shells are, indeed, beautiful, a live nautilus is something to behold, as you can see from the one in the photo.

DEI 76184 Nautilus Shell Lamp
DEI 76184 Nautilus Shell Lamp

Pretty, and pretty affordable. too, how about this nautilus lamp that will go with just about any color scheme?

New!! Gorgeous Nautilus Shell Table Lamp, 30"h
New!! Gorgeous Nautilus Shell Table Lamp, 30"h

30" of warmth and beauty for your side table or end table


Watch a Chambered Nautilus Move Through the Sea

What amazing creatures they are! I can watch this particular video again and again. There's something prehistoric - or maybe even other worldly - about them, especially when they are on the move.

How do they do it?

They use a siphon near their head to shoot a stream of water out and propel themselves along. They can actually aim the siphon in different directions, depending on which way the want to move - including backwards!

What Did You Think? - (a poll)

Maybe you are as fascinated with these chephlapods as I am. And then again, maybe you aren't.

Did you enjoy the video, and what did you think of it?

What did you think of the Nautilus in the above video?

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Seashell Table Lamps - for any décor

Here are some nice examples of lamps ispired by the beautiful scallop shell.

DEI 76183 Scallop Shell Lamp
DEI 76183 Scallop Shell Lamp

The scallop shell is a perennial favorite in design and decor.

Uttermost 29321 Seashell Lamp, Heavily Crackled Blue Glaze
Uttermost 29321 Seashell Lamp, Heavily Crackled Blue Glaze

A beautiful one that is ideal for a more formal setting... nearly 23" tall.


A Living Fossil - The Chambered Nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus is sometimes called a living fossil, because its family lineage goes back for some 500 million years. Not only that, but this particular marine creature hasn't changed significantly in the last two million years!

A Nautilus can have up to 90 tentacles. They use them to touch and feel their surroundings, since their eyesight is so poor. They also grab food and feed themselves with their tentacles.

Now, about those chambers:

Babies have only four chambers. As they mature, they grow new ones that are interconnected to the old ones. At maturity, they will have added an additional twenty four of them, for a total of thirty.

They can live for as long as 20 years, and like their water a lot cooler than what I like to swim in. They prefer that the temperature of the sea surrounding them is 77 degrees F (25 C) or cooler.

It's interesting to note that scientists think that males outnumber females by three to one. Talk about ladies' choice!

Sea Shell Accent Lights - Beautiful Designs to Grace Your Home

Here's a variety of accent lamps whose designs were inspired by seashells. Some will sit on your table, and others are for your wall.

Nautilus Downlight Wall Sconce by A19, Inc.
Nautilus Downlight Wall Sconce by A19, Inc.

This 'green energy' choice is made for CFL bulbs, and rated for either indoor or outdoor use.


Natilus Poetry

Click here to read

The Chambered Nautilus

a poem by

Oliver Windel Holmes

Night Lights - Put a Taste of the Sea in a Bedroom or Bath

Seashell designs are very popular for nightlights, especially for bathrooms, but these would look nice in a bedroom, or any other room, too!

Nautilus Sea Shell Nautical Nightlight
Nautilus Sea Shell Nautical Nightlight

A nautilus shell makes a simply amazing night light, as you can plainly see!

(This isn't a real nautilus sshell, but a reproduction.)

Ocean's Bounty Conch Seashells Sand Dollar Night Light
Ocean's Bounty Conch Seashells Sand Dollar Night Light

A little bouquet of pretty little things from the ocean


Which Kind of Light Would You Choose? - Nautilus, Other Seashell, or Something Else?

What's YOUR preference for a lamp theme?

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Pretty Ceramic Tiles

To Go with Your Coastal Lamp

You might want to consider a little decorator accent to go along with you nautilus lamp.

One idea is a decorator or art tile, which can double as a trivet or coaster.

Here's one from Zazzle with a lovely blue and white artistic interpretation of the chambered nautilus.

(The tiles are available in two sizes.)

Please do take a moment to leave your thoughts about these lovely coastal lamps, or the creatures that inspired them.

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    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from East Central Florida

      I agree! There's something really peaceful about so many things associated with the sea.

    • Craftymarie profile image


      4 years ago

      Beautiful lamps - I love the blue glaze seashell one which looks really peaceful and calming to pop up by a sofa to read by.

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      5 years ago

      these are cool, it's my first time to see this kinds of lamps which are made of seashells

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @LadyEnglish: LOL - Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      I love your fishy lights and briny gifts.

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      5 years ago

      What fun - I envision them in my beach house when I retire!

    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      These are lovely. I'm rather taken with the solar pearl mood light.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Thanks for bringing up some memories of the sea...

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      5 years ago

      Interesting lens... :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      These are so creative.

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      Avi Wolfson 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!


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