Nautical Rooms Done Right: Fresh Takes on Seaside Style

Nautical Rooms Done Right: Fresh Takes on Seaside Style

Katie Holdefehr
Jul 18, 2016
navy kitchen cabinets and woven pendant lamp
(Image credit: Studio McGee)

Even if you live in the center of a city or in the middle of the country, chances are you've probably felt the urge once or twice to turn your home into a seaside getaway. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get the beachy, nautical vibe you want without it looking overdone or out-of-place. Before you order that bag of seashells online, browse through these subtle, maritime-inspired rooms for ideas.

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

The simple addition of one large sailing-inspired accent—in the room above from One Kings Lane, it's the gold porthole mirror—lends a seaside vibe that's not over-the-top. A glossy navy blue dresser anchors (sorry. . .) the look, without being overtly nautical.

(Image credit: Studio McGee)

Cabinets and an island painted in Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy," along with a woven seagrass pendant lamp, nod to the nautical without resorting to rope or sailboat motifs. See the rest of this beautifully designed home by Studio McGee.

(Image credit: Desde My Vantana)

Stripes of various widths that run every which way, combined with a white-washed floor, give this living room spotted on Desde My Ventana a subtle coastal style. Simply adding a striped slipcover, throw pillows, or a blanket can make a room feel like a beach retreat.

(Image credit: Homepolish via Rue Mag)

Just one piece of sea-inspired art makes this bedroom feel beachy, but in a way that doesn't feel out of place in this NYC apartment, designed by Homepolish and featured on Rue Mag. Next to ocean photography by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsaio from Uprise Art, the hanging bulb pendant feels like a modern-day ship lantern.

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There isn't a seashell in sight in interior designer Robert Stilin's Hampton's guest house, spotlighted in Elle Decor, and yet a natural woven rug and pendant lights that are reminiscent of ship lanterns make the room feel undeniably nautical.

(Image credit: Desire to Inpsire)

This sitting area designed by Kimberly Genevieve, found on Desire to Inspire, reads "seaside escape" without any distinctly nautical details. A pair of low-profile woven seats resembles sophisticated beach chairs, and a rug stands in for sand. A long horizontal shelf, paralleled by the art above, calls the shoreline to mind.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

In this bathroom in the home of blogger Sarah Gibson, found on A Beautiful Mess, two round wooden mirrors mimic portholes above a Jack-and-Jill sink. Horizontal stripes along the bottom of the shower curtain continue the subtle trend.

In this Brooklyn apartment, an arrangement of ship blueprints and drawings hits the right balance of nautical and urban.

(Image credit: Houzz)

Perhaps the most overtly nautical of the rooms, this dining area by Sophie Metz Design, found on Houzz, invokes the sea with trendy shiplap walls and sea fans floating in glass frames.

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