Nautical Themes

There are a few decorating themes  based on life at or around the sea and they often merge –  a beach or seaside theme, for instance, can also be described as nautical although I tend to think the term refers to life on the sea rather than beside it? Classic nautical colours are navy blue, sky blue, sea green and deep red. Ideally you should use strong colours for bedding, curtains and accessories with a neutral background on walls and ceilings providing the ideal canvas.

Nautical Bedding

Nautical themed bedding is generally available in some form or another from most home furnishing retailers although you may need to combine ideas from a few ranges to get the look you want. Accessories are equally plentiful with a selection of original beach and maritime inspired designs.

Pale blue nautical themed bedding set with sail boats applique

On The Sea is the name of this bedding set from Laura Ashley and we have mentioned it before with the beach theme ideas but the boat design makes it equally relevant for a nautical theme. Made from 100% cotton it has all the classic elements with  appliquéd  sail boats teamed with stripes and checks on a pale blue background.

Boy's bed linen set with blue, white and red stripes

The Jasper bed linen set from Feather and Black ties all those colours together in a subtle but effective manner with classic blue, white and red stripes.

Blue gingham bedding set

Pale blue gingham is always a safe bet and goes  particularly  well  in a maritime setting. This poly/cotton bedding set is from ebay seller nautical interiors where you’ll find a whole range of nautical and seaside themed bedding and accessories.

Boy's duvet cover and pillowcase in classic blue, white and red stripes

This boy’s duvet cover and pillowcase from Marks & Spencer  is another example using blue, white and red stripes. A simple idea that works well by providing a palette of colours to match throughout your theme.

Nautical Themed Accessories

For a truly original and personal theme why not collect a few mementos from your holiday or favourite beach destination — something as simple as a few seashells or even a piece of driftwood can make all the difference when it comes to evoking memories of a happy family time. It’s also a good idea to look in your local antique and second-hand stores for any naval type odds and ends, chandlery or even pieces salvaged from boats such as brass clocks or just simple fittings which can be adapted as coat hangers, for example.

A wall mounted mirror modelled to look like a ship's porthole

A wall mounted mirror modelled to look like a ship’s porthole is the kind of prop or accessory that really makes a theme idea work. Made from lightweight aluminium and available from amazon.co.uk

A wooden shelf unit in the shape of a rowing boat

This shelf unit from German company Mare2 is available in the UK from  amazon  and is modelled on a rowing boat and is the kind of feature that creates a real wow factor. Use as a bookshelf or display unit to show off model boats or any other themed accessories.

A table lamp fashioned to look like a lighthouse

This lighthouse style table lamp adds a nice finishing touch. It’s made from metal and sits at over 15 inches high so makes a perfect feature item that will last for years. Available from amazon.co.uk

Little light pulls in the shape of a lighthouse

In keeping with the lighthouse theme these little light-pulls from buythesea are a simple but effective idea which will add the perfect finishing touch to his room.

Children's cotton bunting in the form of naval flags

There are a few examples of  cotton bunting in a nautical style but I particularly  like this set from The Cotton Bunting Co because they are fashioned to look like real maritime signal flags. This set of pure cotton bunting is 5 metres long and comprises of 16 individual flags.

Boy's cushion shaped like a life saver ring

The Ahoy There life saver cushion from John Lewis is such an iconic  nautical accessory that it seems obligatory  to include it.

Nautical theme wooden name plaque

Personalisation is always a good option with any bedroom decoration scheme and the nautical range is no different with a choice of door plagues and room accessories that can have a child’s name added. This wonderful specimen by Patchwork Daisy makes a nice surprise gift idea and is the ideal way to mark the room as his own.

Bedroom rug with multi-stripe design

A nice rug is just what you need to pull all those maritime colours together and the ‘Ahoy There’ rug from John Lewis will do just nicely. Made from 100% cotton and available in two sizes.

Model Sail Boat

This wooden sail boat from LighLaughLove.com is made from a single block of drift wood with a calico fabric sail.  It makes a great room decoration that will take pride of place on a display shelf or bookcase.

Kid's height chart and wall sticker kit

This lighthouse height chart and wall sticker kit from Peanut & Pip is a fun and colourful way to add a nautical decorative theme to their rooms and has a practical use too.

Nautical Themed Accessories

 
 
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Kids Blue Nautical Nursery Blackout Pencil Pleat Curtains Blue / Red

Kids Blue Nautical Nursery Blackout Pencil Pleat Curtains Blue / Red
£54.99

Decorated with panels of white and blue stripe and blue whale patterns, these pencil pleat curtains come with tiebacks included, are available in a choice of drops and have a blackout lining to block out unwanted light.

Roger Lascelles Children's Boat Pendulum Clock

Roger Lascelles Children's Boat Pendulum Clock
£35.00

Add a nautical edge to your little sailor's bedroom with this adorable boat wall clock with swinging pendulum.

The Binary Box Personalised Childrens Fisherman Scene Framed Print

The Binary Box Personalised Childrens Fisherman Scene Framed Print
£34.99

This nautical print will make a great addition to your childrens bedroom, play room, nursery!

The Binary Box Personalised Childrens Nautical Anchor Framed Print

The Binary Box Personalised Childrens Nautical Anchor Framed Print
£34.99

This nautical print will make a great addition to your childrens bedroom, play room, nursery!

Rustic Country Crafts Personalised ' Nautical ' Linen Cushion

Rustic Country Crafts Personalised ' Nautical ' Linen Cushion
£30.00

Personalised ' Nautical ' Linen Cushion

Rustic Country Crafts ' Nautical Ships Wheel ' Cushion

Rustic Country Crafts ' Nautical Ships Wheel ' Cushion
£29.95

Natural hessian and unbleached calico are the main fabrics for the cushions and accessories in the Rustic Country Crafts range. They have the rustic charm and individuality which when handmade and hand printed have a vintage feel with a modern twist. This nautical inspired ships wheel cushion is handmade in the Uk and is lovingly created from the best quality hessian. It is individually hand printed in blue and red to co-ordinate with your nautical decor. This comes with a cushion a feather filled cushion pad. Would look great in a beach hut, a nautical themed room or childrens room. Due to the nature of hessian being a natural product slight imperfections and shade difference in the fabric may occur, but this only adds to the rustic charm! Sponge clean only.

Buttons & Moon Nautical Lampshade

Buttons & Moon Nautical Lampshade
£28.00

A fun lampshade with boats, lighthouses and beach huts for a nautical look.

Kids Nautical Nursery Cot Bed Duvet Set Blue / White

Kids Nautical Nursery Cot Bed Duvet Set Blue / White
£24.99

Our polycotton duvet set is designed with a panel of stitched detailing of a boat and sea creatures and is finished with white and blue stripes. This duvet set comes with a pillowcase included and is machine washable.

The Fairground Nautical Boys Pe Bag - Can Be Personalised

The Fairground Nautical Boys Pe Bag - Can Be Personalised
£20.00

Gorgeous storage/laundry bag that will add seaside charm to boys bedroom or anywhere with a nautical theme. Made with a thick white linen cotton mix fabric and handcrafted applique work for the boat. Fully lined and of very good quality. This bag can be personalised with child's name appliqued on with fabric letters under the boat (£1 per letter). Would be a great idea to also have a favourite seaside town appliqued on to the bag Please allow 2 weeks if personalisation is required. A unique and useful gift! Bag measures Height 50cm Width 44cm Choose between a blue gingham or a blue polka dot border. We also have bunting and cushions that go very well with this bag! Enjoy browsing.

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