Warm Weather Trend: Nautical Accents

Nautical accents in home decor

In our daydreams we’re setting sail to an exotic locale on the bright blue sea with the salty wind in our hair. Sadly, daydreams never last. So why not do the next best thing and create a sailor’s haven at home? Get onboard with our favorite sea-inspired accents and create a shipshape space you’ll love to come home to.

Nautical accents in home decor

Nautical Knots

If you’ve ever been on a boat, you know that ropes — and strong knots — are essential to every sailor. So add something to your decor that features a rope accent or knot motif for a touch of boating decor and ultimate summery texture.

Our Newport Outdoor Furniture Collection features a chic knot motif on the back of its chairs, and whether you’re landlocked or seaside, will bring a classic, preppy feel to your outdoor space.

Nautical accents in home decor

Maritime Stripes

On a rug, a pair of throw pillows or an outdoor umbrella, classic sailor stripes will play up the relaxed, beachy vibe in any space. And because stripes are the neutral of the pattern world, you can layer on more prints and color to your heart’s content.

We’re partial to our Riviera Linen Bedding which offers a perfect, worn-in stripe in three different colors.

Nautical accents in home decor

Coastal Blues

Is there anything more quintessentially nautical than a crisp blue and white palette? We think not. This summer, indulge your inner sailor and break out the ocean-inspired blues, from navy to turquoise to spa, for a breezy beach house look. Accent with hints of coral for a pop of color.

Nautical accents in home decor

Anchor Motifs

We admit it: we love absolutely anything with an anchor. Whether a small print on a pillow or art for your walls, anchors are such an easy, fun way to add a bold maritime motif to your decor. By the way, our new favorite is our signature Icon Tote with the anchor icon. It’s equally chic in the city or on the beach.

Nautical accents in home decor

Marine Fixtures

If you’re in the market for new lighting for your kitchen, powder room or porch, consider going with a classic marine fixture. It’s a subtle tribute to the sea while adding industrial styling for year-round good looks.

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    November 13, 2015

    what brand are the “marine fixtures” ?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 13, 2015

      I’m so sorry. These fixtures have been discontinued!

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    September 7, 2015

    Lovely Nautical Accent Decorating Ideas, thank you for sharing.