Ever wish you could bring the tranquility from the beach into your home? Well, you can. There's even a specific type of home decor designed for this very purpose. Known as nautical decor, it revolves around colors, patterns, designs and other elements associated with the beach and ocean.
You can search for examples of nautical decor by looking at beach hotels and condos. From the pale blue colors to decorations like fishing net and ships-in-a-bottle, it's a fun style for all homes, regardless of whether or not you live on the coast. And it's actually easier to implement than most homeowners realize. With a little bit of work, you can turn your home into a nautical-inspired oasis.
The first step in creating a nautical decor is to choose the right colors. Colors are an important part in all home decor styles, and nautical is no exception. Some excellent color options for this style include soft blue, turquoise, dark blue, yellow, green and orange. If you've seen it at the beach, it's generally safe to use.
Of course, there are some colors that shouldn't be used in nautical decor, one of which is black. Granted, there's nothing wrong with an occasional hint of black (e.g. throw pillows or a decorative painting), but you should avoid using it as your primary or secondary color. Instead, choose from the colors mentioned above when decorating your home in a nautical style.
You'll need to include the right decorative accessories to achieve a genuine nautical-inspired home. Many homeowners prefer this style of decor because of the wide variety of decorations that can be used in it. Just think about all of the accessories you see while vacationing at the beach and implement them into your home's decor. Seashells are an obvious choice that's perfect for nautical-inspired homes. You can either spread seashells throughout your home, placing them on the fireplace mantel and shelves, or you can fill them in a glass vase. Regardless, seashells are the perfect decorative accessory for nautical decor.
There are still plenty of other decorative accessories that can be included in a nautical-inspired home, some of which include the following:
- Fishing net
- Ship steering wheel
- Life preservers
- Vintage fishing lures
- Paintings of beaches and oceans
- Wooden aquatic animals (seahorses, fish, etc.)
Something to remember when decorating your home is that nautical looks best when it's full. In other words, you should fill the gaps in your home with decorative accessories.