Nautical interiors are popular any season of the year, but they really explode when the weather’s warm and more people spend time by the ocean. Instilling that carefree, coastal lifestyle into an interior can often boil down to the color palette and materials used in the room, and there are some essentials to stick by when it comes to this look. From blue and white to rope accents, each element has its inspiration in the sailing tradition of large ships, and can easily translate when it comes to home decor. My favorite elements might be the subtle lines of shiplap walls and the combination of striped patterns, but it all looks good when it comes to beachside living, really! What are your favorite nautical decor essentials? —
A blue-and-white color scheme is the staple of any nautical interior, but this
nails a high-contrast look with dark navy pillows on the white bed.
Driftwood can be a sculptural accent or even act as wall art, depending on the size and shape of the piece. This
uses the material in a fish planter as well as a large piece on the wall.
Rope is one of the most prominent materials on a boat, but it can be hard to find ways to bring this texture into a home. Lighting is one great way, and this DIY
project is both easy and inexpensive.
The now-trending shiplap wall treatment fits the nautical theme perfectly (hence the name), and provides a bespoke texture to walls or ceilings, like in this kitchen and dining space designed by
Lantern lighting -- like this vintage piece in an
-- has a nautical flair that makes a great accent to any tabletop or corner. Used indoors or out, lanterns provide ambient lighting while extending the decor.
Hammocks are great outdoors, but they make a huge statement inside your home. This
balances between beachy and modern styles with this piece in their living room.
This seascape wallpaper from
comes in four different colorways, allowing your color palette to expand without losing a strong seafaring element in the room. With ships sailing through the rolling stripes of the waves, it's the perfect nautical pattern!
Sailing paraphernalia can make great accent pieces -- like this side table -- and bring a vintage element to a living space. This
boldly embraces a sea-inspired look without losing its modern style.
Sailors are known for their knot-making, and this sisal
takes an intricate, sculptural twist on the age-old tradition.
mixes striped patterns on the sofa, a staple pattern for nautical spaces, and completes the look with a ship model in the background. This easygoing pattern has a casual look that effortlessly mixes with similar or contrasting patterns.
The salty, humid air of coastal regions creates a weathered look on the wood that flanks boats and docks. Using reclaimed or dark, weathered wood adds a similar effect, like in this bathroom in a