Would you like to enjoy at home that specific feeling of freedom and serenity, which only happens during a vacation by the sea? Try to decorate your interior in a nautical style!
We offer you a few design ideas and photo tips on how to turn an ordinary kitchen into some kind of verandah of a house ashore.
To create a nautical style in the kitchen interior is quite easy. It is a perfect chance for experiments, first of all, with thematic accessories.
The simplest way to remind you about the holiday and the sea is to use such decorative elements as seashells, starfish, colorful stones, pebbles and other stuff, brought back from a trip to warm countries. They may be placed on open shelves or in kitchen cabinets. You may also decorate the furniture, illuminating units with them or to make «sea» panels just on the walls.
By the way, cutouts or mosaics made of sea stones, enamel, nacreous shells or fragments of blue, light blue or nacreous ceramic tiles are the best variant of refining facades of boring white kitchen cabinets.
The nautical interior style may be underlined with an elegant model of a sailboat on a shelf, a small round mirror in glossy metallic frame that reminiscent a porthole, an aquarium with colorful fish and corals, barometer, telescope, sand clock and compass, and other naval attributes.
However, there are less obvious, but not less effective ways of adding to your interior the marine mood. For example, «sea» tableware in white and blue or light-blue stripes, or polka dots, a blue jug with a depicted natural star, or blue utensils.
Another design idea is bamboo blinds or decorative shutters of bleached wood, light linen curtains or decorative ones of shells or blue beads strung on long strings.
A nautical kitchen may be perfectly complemented with natural materials, such as jute and sisal.
Home textile made of unpainted canvas, cotton or linen of white, gray, blue or light-blue colors match the interior discussed. Striped «sea» chair covers, decorative pillows and linen table cloths also look great.
The style requires neutral colors: beige, sand, white, blue and light-blue. Their combination creates an atmosphere of relaxation, tranquility and complete serenity in the kitchen. By the way, they visually expand the space and occur to be ideal for small rooms.
Instead of blue and light-blue in nautical interior, you may use cold shades of green; they resemble the water in depths. «Sea» colors create a sense of coolness and freshness, so the nautical style is suitable for the kitchen, which opens onto the South or East side.
The floor in nautical kitchen is simple boards of bleached wood, reminiscent of the deck. The original decision is to make insets of glass on the floor, under which you can put some decorative composition of sand, pebbles, corals or shells.
The mentioned design style is in harmony with simple rough furniture of light wood – pine or birch. It shouldn’t look too new, on the contrary, slightly worn, slightly faded and without fail opaque.
And one more important idea is that it must be practical, thorough and reliable. Wicker furniture of rattan or willow also suits the interior.
You may decorate with wooden paneling the ceiling and walls in the kitchen. Another variant is to use decorative tiles or mosaic with marine motifs.
Nautical interior style will be perfectly emphasized with accessories made of brass, pottery, lamps-lights or sconces in the form of sea inhabitants. Decorative elements made of fishing nets, marine knots of ropes, designer bottles are also sure to match the interior in nautical style.
And don’t you want to create any topical decor by yourself? Here is a video to help you.