A Guide to Create a Sea-faring Room
By Sunshine Menefee
The bathroom is the perfect spot for a nautical decorating theme and there are many ways to pull it off. Check out these simple ways to create the perfect sea-inspired bathroom.
Open cage lights and lanterns are a staple in a nautical design. Cage lights are just like they sound. Simple metal cages surround a bulb. Some utilize ribbed globes while others skip the glass covers all together. Lanterns have metal tops either with a structured outline or dome shape. You’ll sometimes see the lanterns with cages on the bottom also. Both types of lights look great with the new Edison style bulbs.
Antique Brass and bronze are traditional finishes for fixtures, but chrome and satin nickel are just as readily available. You might want to consider the rest of the house when selecting the right finish. If you have satin nickel hardware everywhere else, then continue it in the bathroom to create a cohesive design throughout. Darker finishes are a good fit for older homes were fixtures tend to be darker and more worn.
Round mirrors mimic port holes and are fashionable in maritime bathrooms. You can find a variety of styles in theses mirrors. Some of a single round piece of glass while others are surrounded by several pieces of metal or hung from ropes. Found mirrors solidify the nautical theme and pull a design together.
The ocean doesn’t hold only one color. Emerald green to the darkest navy are all captured by the sea. Blues and greens are the most popular colors in nautical inspired bathrooms. Blue evokes feelings of calm and reminds us of the sky and water so it’s now wonder this is the most popular color for coastal bathrooms. All shades of blue can be used, from sky blue to dark navy. Lighters colors are softer and more cheerful while NAVY commands respect and adds depth. Greens are kept light in emerald or sea glass. Red and white provide crisp accent colors while tans evoke a sense of the beach and subtly.
4. Accessories & Decor
Accessories play a big part in creating a nautical theme. Ropes are a great way to carrying the the design. They can be used in place of towel bars, used to make baskets, or as cabinet pulls. Knot tying is a mariner’s craft and some of simply beautiful in their intricacy. The more decorative knots make good wall decor.
Driftwood is another accessory that adds to the design. The soft, weathered woods add texture and warmth to the room. Display them in a vase to create interest and height.