Below are some tips and tricks for getting the nautical looks. While throwing a life preserver on the wall and calling it a day is a step in the right direction, below we break down the subtle (and not so subtle) ways of imbuing your space with a nautical feel, without being cheesy.
While they’re not technically decorations, your wallpaper or paint are going to lay the groundwork for your nautical theme. We recommend finding a wallpaper that screams “ocean”. If you’re up for having wallpaper installed, find something with a naval pattern or color. If you’d rather just paint, stick to colors you’d find on the beach like light blue (no darker than navy) or even tan. These colors will be perfect for displaying your nautical wall decorations.
For hundreds of years, sailors were responsible for creating the images that gave people an idea of what the world was like. They’d travel the globe, creating maps and illustrations of faraway lands and strange creatures. ^^
A lot of nautical wall decorations incorporate these pictures by featuring sections of maps, old illustrations of sea animals and diagrams of boat parts.
Driftwood is like the original up-cycled wood. For hundreds of years, artisans have strolled along the shore collecting driftwood pieces to turn into art. If you want your home to have a truly nautical feel to it, you’ve got to make sure to have at least a few wooden wall decorations. You can find a variety of different ocean-inspired wall decorations online, but you might also consider making your own.
If you want your home to ooze with seaside quaintness, you’ve got to have some stripes in every room. Many people opt for blue and white (or red and white, if you’re really committed) striped furniture. However, if striped upholstery is too much for you, make sure to have some on your walls.
You can either go with striped wallpaper or find some decorations that bear the pattern. When accompanied by some sea-inspired objects or imagery, striped decorations create a look that is undeniably nautical.
If you’ve ever been on a sailboat, you know that there’s not much space for storage. Sailors, therefore, are notoriously organized, utilizing every possible nook and cranny of their ships. A traditional seaside home is very similar (beach houses tend to be small).
So, it only makes sense that your decorations are space efficient, as well. Nearly any repurposed object you hang up as part of your nautical theme can double as a coatrack or a shelf. This way, you’ll be able to decorate and conserve wall space at the same time.
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