Decorating a Nautical Theme Kitchen

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Decorating a Nautical Theme Kitchen
Warm wood and nautical accessories add a seaside theme to your kitchen. (the kitchen. image by guiney from

Kitchens tend to be a congregating area for family and friends, so it's only natural to want the space to feel inviting. Nautical-themed kitchens are comforting and fairly easy to decorate. Utilising both bright and neutral colours, along with lots of warm wood and a few nautical accessories, your kitchen is sure to be the centrepiece of your home.

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Things you need

  • Semi-gloss paint
  • Paint roller
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Stained glass doors
  • Curtains
  • Nautical themed shower curtain hangers
  • Nautical items and accessories
  • Fruit bowl

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    Paint the walls crisp white, pale blue or creamy yellow. The lighter colours will give the kitchen an open, airy feeling and are reminiscent of colours found in the nautical world. Be sure to use a kitchen paint in a semigloss finish.

  2. 2

    Choose warm, cherry finished hardwood for the flooring. Keep floors clean and shiny by damp mopping them on a weekly basis.

  3. 3

    Match cabinets to the flooring, staining them a shade or two darker than the floor. Choose a stained glass door, perhaps with a boating scene, for a couple of the cabinets. Make these doors a focal point of your nautical kitchen.

  4. 4

    Hang short, sassy curtains on windows. Choose cheery colours such as red or blue. Line the curtain rod with a set of nautical themed shower curtain hangers for added whimsy.

  5. 5

    Utilise nautical items for accessories. Barometers, life preservers, fishing nets and crab buoys can all be hung on walls. Drape fishing nets over the tops of cabinets. Use time worn glass bottles as vases. Small buoys, bobbers or shells can be placed in a fruit bowl for an attractive table centrepiece.

  6. 6

    Purchase a tide clock and a nautical map to complete your kitchen's nautical look.

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