If you and your decor are looking for relief from a hot and humid summer, try setting sail with summery nautical decor. Get the look inspired by small harbor towns nestled along the coast. These gorgeous towns on the water are hidden treasures for summer getaways. Incorporating this look into your home will add lightness, color, and a little of that laid back, carefree beach attitude.
With nautical decor, it’s about a little, not a lot. You don’t want to feel like you’re walking into a pirate-themed seafood restaurant. Ideally, you want to bring in subtle hints of the coast. It’s easy to do by using a variety of color and textures, nautical symbols, and bit of the good ol’ Red, White, and Blue.
Adding Color and Textures
Changing your room’s color palette is the standard go-to for bringing nautical decor into your home. Varying shades of blue (but especially navy) and white can be the first visual clue to your new nautical theme. But with this wave of nautical decor, we’re embracing color. Our palette was inspired by the colorful sails and flags you would find flying high at summer boat races.
Sometimes adding color can tricky. If you’re having trouble, try infusing your home with coastal charm using textures. A rope trim around a frame, netting over a table lamp base, or even subtler textures like raised, roped edges on decorative accents can achieve this effect without making a huge splash.
Oh Buoy! Using Nautical Symbols
Anchors, ship wheels, and buoys are classic nautical motifs, and luckily, these symbols of the high seas are very trendy right now. A big statement piece featuring one of these motifs will anchor your nautical theme and will allow you to use smaller decorative pieces and color to complete your design.
Use these nautical symbols sparingly; you don’t want to weigh down your room’s aesthetic with heavy and bulky coastal decor.
Imagine a small coastal town where generations of families have grown old with the town. Its traditions are naturally married to the sea. It’s the Fourth of July and the town square is dressed to the nines in red, white, and blue. Nothing says patriotic more than small towns like these, so showcasing Old Glory goes a long way in nautical decor. Unique art like the American Flag Plaque and the Patriotic Beach House Framed Print shown here can really pull your theme together, creating that ultimate summer coastal look.
Whether your home is on the water or you’re landlocked by ever-growing fields of corn, you can have this nautical look. Because when it comes down to it, home decor is really about whatever floats your boat. Here at Kirkland’s, we’ve have plenty of inspired nautical decor for you so visit your local store or kirklands.com and begin creating your coastal summer getaway.