Nautical-Themed Home Decorations

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Nautical-Themed Home Decorations
Decorate your home with vintage nautical touches. (nautical dream image by Sergey Kamshylin from Fotolia.com)

A nautical decorating theme will give your home a fresh look and timeless appeal. You can use the maritime-inspired style to enhance any room in your house, from a master bedroom to the living room. Incorporate nautical items into existing home decor to create a customised look.

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Vintage Sea Captain's Chest

A vintage wooden sea captain's chest will add style, comfort and storage space to your home. Set the chest at the foot of a bed and use it to hold sweaters, children's toys, books or antiques. When enhanced with a plush red-and-white striped cushion, the chest will become a handy seating element. You can also use the chest in the living room as an eye-catching coffee table. Cover the surface with an antique maritime map and set a cut-to-fit piece of glass on top.

Nautical Textiles

An easy way to infuse your home with nautical style is through the use of textiles. Decorate a bed with a plain navy blue comforter and enhance it with red and white sailboat-patterned pillows. Place red life preserver-shaped decorative pillows on a navy blue-and-white-striped couch. Hang white curtains featuring red sailboat patterns for a coordinated look; tie the window coverings back with pieces of rope. Add a touch of whimsy to a bathroom with a cloth shower curtain featuring red crab designs.

Maritime Decor Pieces

Whether you add a little or a lot, maritime-inspired decor pieces will give your home a crisp, classic look. Display a vintage model ship collection on a bookcase or wall shelf. Buy a wall mirror featuring a plain wood frame and glue seashells or nautical rope or jute around it to create customised decor. Wrap rope around a boring wrought iron chandelier. For a one-of-a-kind look, use fishermen's net in place of traditional curtains; stick starfish into the netting for a beach house vibe.

Beach-Inspired Lighting

Brighten up your home with beach-inspired lighting elements. For a look that will work for both adult and child bedrooms, place a lamp featuring a lighthouse-shaped base on a night stand. Hang sea glass blue lamps from a ceiling using rope. For a sophisticated look, install wall sconces resembling vintage maritime lanterns above a bed or couch.

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