nautical style

Alexa Fornoff

Get the Look: Seaworthy Style

Written on July 20, 2013 at 7:58 am , by

Trend: Nautical Home Decor

Maybe it’s because I live in a landlocked state, but I’ve always been drawn to the sea. It feels exotic yet familiar, and the lived-in style of coastal cabins probably has a lot to do with that: crumpled linen, sun-bleached colors, and sturdy finishes that can stand up to salty spray and sandy feet.

I love the mix-and-match nonchalance of the bedroom, which proudly displays several humble collections (nautical flags above the bed, stick-straight arrows on the night table, and rough-and-tumble baseballs and softballs nestled in a basket). Plus, the classic color combo is nothing to scoff at!

Nautical bedroom

And the more formal living room, with it’s tufted yellow leather ottoman and chic rope-wrapped tray, shows how to play up texture while still maintaining a sophisticated style.

Chic rope accents

To bring the nautical look to your own space, you don’t need to complete a full-on makeover. Add a few key pieces to refresh the room — think thick rope accents, woven baskets, sea-inspired patterns, and a little candlelight for ambiance. Here are my picks:

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Want more? Check out another sea-inspired guide here!

– Alexa Fornoff, shopBHG editor