Custom aquariums are the new standard in design for a unique way of showcasing vivid, vibrant flora and fauna. The sleek design of an aquarium changes the spectrum of the room and adds a spectacular conversation piece to any room. Guests appreciate the research and sentimental value behind the fish choice, as well as respect for the homeowner as a hobbyist and keeper of a living collection.
In the modern age, it becomes less about why have an aquarium and more about which room or location is most suitable for a custom piece. The factors worth considering are tank placement and existing attributes. To determine this at home or with a design, one can include possible mood boards for the room to discover where it fits best. It’s also recommended that people consider whether there are unique existing enclaves in the home or other ideal spaces.

Using a Mood Board for Aquarium Design

One way homeowners and designers decide upon the appropriate decor is by creating a mood board. A mood board is a design tool used for collecting picture samples of furniture, colors, and accessories that will fit the desired character of a room. Most people use Pinterest mood boards or phone applications for shaping their ideas in a collage-like, digital cork board. The blog Spoonboard has a post on how one can get started on creating a mood board in a post here. Once you have some ideas about where an aquarium will find a home within your home, the design options are limitless.

What are some unique and eye-catching places for aquariums and tanks in residential homes?

The delightful facet about aquariums is that custom aquariums will fit into most rooms; they don’t merely belong in blue-hued rooms, tucked away in studies, nor need be the focal point with a giant, rectangular display (like the 2.4 meter tank gracing the background of a scene in The Wolf on Wall Street).
Our clients frequently share impressive ideas with us about putting aquariums in the kitchen, or the playroom, for brightening up the space with life. The tanks and fish species therein inspire the children’s drawings and teach them firsthand about nature. Other popular places for aquariums are places where people gather in groups, such as the family room, mancaves, and laid-back home bars. Aquariums provide something guests will observe and can comment upon during conversational lulls.
Additionally, many prefer placing aquariums in home offices and dens for providing a soothing background noise and decorative element. It’s possible to nestle an aquarium in a coffee table or create a bookcase that flanked with spaces for tanks. Aquariums in office areas within the home promote creativity, positive mood, and can meld into existing shelving in office cabinetry. As long as we can accommodate design requests with the logistics, such as installing the filtration location, places accessible to maintenance, etc., we love innovative ideas.

What’s new in aquarium design?

Aquariums are actually quite versatile in shape, design, and content. One new trend is putting a polished aquarium atop a piano, as a contemplate piece. Other aquariums take the concept of a concealed, shuttered tank to the next level by planting water-dwelling trees that flourish atop the base. In other cases, for places like a children’s room, one can even pick the softest moss, most delicate pastel fish, and soft lights. Some religious creatives have designed tanks with Buddhas surrounded by bamboo shoots and other greenery.
The traditional personal aquarium is a little, curved fishbowl with a goldfish, but now aquariums reflect the owner’s personality. The choice of fish often has symbolic value for the owner. For instance, someone from the Pacific coast who located elsewhere might choose species that are native to their hometown. These days, there are options for aquariums as unique as their owners. For more information about our designs, contact us today.