Copy this Look: A Nautical-Inspired Bedroom


You don’t have to live by the sea to enjoy the relaxed, coastal cottage vibe of this bedroom. Follow our tips to re-create the look in your own bedroom, and escape to a cozy retreat every day.


Hang a Pretty Chandelier

Center a chandelier or lantern over the end of the bed to create romance. The openwork sphere of our fixture creates an airiness that doesn’t overwhelm the space.


Say It with Typography

Express the look you’re going for with words for a literal translation. Our black, vintage-look letters against a white wall creates a classic nautical color combination.


Get Tropical with Plants

Palm fronds placed in a vase or a potted tree is a quick and easy way to add a fresh, tropical feel in any room—and the vibrant green adds a color pop, too.


Maximize Light with a Mirror

Hang a mirror to bounce light around and achieve that bright and airy nautical look. A rustic frame, such as driftwood or galvanized metal, reflects the theme beautifully.


Add Natural Texture

Whether it’s with a rug, baskets or a garden seat like ours, working in natural woven accents – the chunkier, the better – is a decorating must for that laid-back beach vibe.


Dress Down the Bed

Get that easy, breezy look with super-soft, neutral bedding that gives off a casual, just slept-in feel. Toss on pillows for subtle color contrast and pattern.


Warm Up Floors with a Rug

The Greek key border on our black-and-white rug reinforces the coastal theme perfectly. And its indoor/outdoor construction means it meets the keep-it-casual criteria of a seaside cottage.

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    May 5, 2017

    Where is this bed from?

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      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      Unfortunately, that bed is a trade product and not one of our own. However, we do offer many different beds, including the Isabella Bed, which is the closest in style to the one in the picture.

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    June 30, 2015

    Where is that rug from? I love it!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Hi Laura,
      Unfortunately the rug in this photo was discontinued, but this one is VERY similar!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    June 4, 2014

    What is the color on the walls in the room that says “by the sea”?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Megan,
      We suggest Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl #961. As always we suggest painting a few swatches on your wall before making your final decision. Depending on the lighting in your room and the furnishings, paint colors can read very differently from space to space.
      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team