Nothing quite says summer like a long day at the beach or cruising around a lake. Whether or not you live by a large body of water, you can enjoy some nautical adventures without leaving your room.
Nautical decor is a favorite for a reason. It gives a laid back, easy summer day feeling year round and can range from playful to elegant. Plus, it’s really easy to achieve! Just follow these nine ways to add nautical touches around your home.
1. Porthole Mirrors
We’re being specific here, but porthole mirrors are one of the greatest items for a nautical theme. They can be subtle or a focal point of a room and are visually stunning.
2. Go to a Surplus Store
Army and Navy Surplus Stores are an often forgotten resources for decor. They’re a great place for rope, hardware, hats, nautical flags, nets and compasses if you’re going for an authentic look. Use these pieces sparingly to avoid looking too kitschy.
3. Sea Shades
We all immediately associate blue and white with the sea, and using them amongst different shades adds elegance, interest and depth. Have fun with the palette by adding a fun accent color like red, yellow or turquoise.
4. Think Like a Sailor
Use items sailors are still using today. Painted tie backs are great for curtains, drawer pulls or to hang pictures. Nets make great table runners, anchors add interest and table legs can be wrapped with lengths of rope.
5. Accent Pieces
You can find great decorations at consignment, antique and discount home stores. Look for metallic sailboats, ships in a bottle, floatation devices, statues, coral and ship wheels. A little goes a long way.
Anytime you find an oar, take it as a sign to get it. Add hooks on them and use them anywhere! As a coat rack in the mudroom, for towels in the bathroom, pots and pans in the kitchen…we really can’t get enough of them.
7. Shipwreck Your Furniture
Distressed furniture is in, and it fits right alongside a nautical theme. Simply give your existing wood furniture a distressed paint job or maybe add some nautical stencils then make way for the compliments.
8. Oceanic Maps
You can turn a simple blue and white room nautical just by adding a beautiful old map to your walls or under glass on your coffee table. They’re a point of interest and are timeless.
9. Take a Walk on the Beach
The easiest way (unless you’re landlocked) to find nautical bits and pieces is on the beach itself! Take a long stroll and keep your eyes peeled for smooth driftwood, beach glass, coral, sea shells or maybe even a long-lost message in a bottle. The glass and sea shells look beautiful on their own, or you can kick it up a notch and create your own mosaic.
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