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Decorating with a Nautical Theme

As warmer weather approaches, many of us are salivating at the prospect of a sunny, seaside getaway. While you may need plane tickets or a long drive to enjoy a balmy breeze and sand between your toes, decorating your home with an elegant and airy nautical theme can make you feel closer to paradise all year round. Here are some helpful tips for achieving this design.

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Firstly, remember that the shoreline is simple and marked by deep blues, stark white, soft beige and stone gray. Bright pinks, lime greens and day-glow oranges have no place in this palate and can be both distracting and tacky. For a timeless and sophisticated design, choose natural nautical colors over Miami Vice-esque neons.

Navy and white stripes are a classic pattern that look great on walls, slip covers, curtains, throw pillows and area rugs – but choose only one. Over doing even one simple pattern can make your home look like a circus fun house. Instead, choose this pattern for only one element. For a bolder touch, throw in one or two contrasting colors – such as a bright red throw pillow or a yellow vase.

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Sea shells can be a great addition to your nautical theme as long as they are displayed neatly. Choose many different types of shells and arrange them in a vase or glass bowl for a subdued, organic piece. Painted or dyed shells can look kitschy and juvenile, so stick to a natural, sun bleached assortment.

Finally, do not over-do it on nautical accent pieces. Ornate boats, anchors, paintings of sea life and netting give your space instant character – but use them in moderation to avoid looking whimsical. Choose one or two of these pieces. For additional storage with style, consider adding a distressed wood “treasure chest” or simplistic wicker baskets.

The most important elements of a beach themed home, like any home design, is comfort and unity. Follow these simple rules to treat yourself to a year-round vacation with a relaxed and beautiful nautical themed interior design.

[Editor’s comment: A nice polished antique diving helmet sitting on a triangular corner might make an interesting conversation piece.]

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