Ship ahoy! Nautical is an enticing home design trend with an appeal that extends beyond summertime. No longer is the emphasis on making bold statements. The tide is turning toward integrating nautical elements in much more subtle ways.
Where to start? Think about those images most often associated with life on the seas, such as twisted ropes of different textures and hues.Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
Looking for ways to incorporate this look? How about using rope to hang a mirror in hallway or den? Or look for rope-trimmed picture frames, or candleholders embellished with rope, for just two examples. Want to be even bolder? Think incorporating a rope ottoman or even a chair or lounge made from rope.
Of course, another way to “go nautical” is to seek out unique items that make a strong and distinctive statement. One example is the boat propellers shown below, having been given new life.Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
Other items worth searching for, and still in that salty vein, include anchors (but look for those with unusual patina), antique steamer trunks (especially those salvaged from cruise ships) and copper or even diver helmets made of copper/brass (whether vintage or a convincing replica).
Also, there are smaller items that can be added to a coffee table vignette or bookshelf displays for that even subtler nautical vibe. While going to yard sales, visiting flea markets or roaming through antiques shops keep an eye out for items (the older they appear the better) such as fishing boat pulley hooks, seamen’s compass, even artfully knotted rope or any other item whose appearance brings life on the sea to mind. Many stores/boutiques also have modern versions of these items, if that’s more appealing.
The full-on nautical trend may not be for everyone, but these are only a few ways it can be artfully integrated into any home décor. Give it a try, and happy sailing!Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.