The notion of being close to the sea enchants most human beings. Perhaps it's the rhythmic sound of the waves lulling and then crashing against the shore. Or the smell of summer, memories and happiness. Perhaps it's the wild and mysterious side of the tide rising and falling, the beauty of the sunsets and the intense blue colour of the ocean. Whatever it is, when the summer ends and it's back to the city, everyone wants to bring a piece of the seaside home with them.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to catch all the immensity of the sea in a shell, but we can bring a bit of paradise to our home with these tips to decorate our house in the maritime style.
The key detail to maritime decor is the colour blue, or in this case, indigo. Paint a wall in this colour, or add accents in curtains, pillows or quilts, and you will automatically feel closer to the sea. In this bedroom, indigo has been combined with the white, another popular combination for a truly seaside feel. The decoration has been completed with sloping ceilings and of course, a wonderful view that reminds you every day that you are close to the water.
The blue and white stripes are reminiscent of the gondoliers of Venice and the Breton sailors, where Coco Chanel was inspired to make her world famous sailor shirts. This type of decoration is synonymous with sea and can easily be used in fabrics, sofas and in this case, on walls. In this staircase, the designer has placed two wooden oars in the corner as addition decorations; truly nautical feeling.
To create a marine atmosphere in our home, it is also important to focus on the smaller details. There are many ornaments and objects that are clearly inspired by maritime: mirrors shaped like a porthole, oil lamps, tables with lighthouses and sailboats, just to name a few.
The interiors of boats or yachts are nearly always timber clad; likely because the interiors of ships were too, once upon a time. With little space, these designers are able to create a warm and luxurious atmosphere. By adding larger timber elements to our room, we can create our own sailing environment and be the captain of our own ships!
Painting wooden beams white also gives a warm and bright aspect to a room. In this example, the wooden ceiling is complemented by a wooden floor, just in different finishes. The details in this room like the wallpaper, the oar decorations, clay pots and the wicker chair, make us feel as though we are in a fisherman's house on the edge of the Mediterranean.
If you look at the finer details in this room such as the blue and white cushions, the stark white wall, blue couch and pale flooring, we can see that the designer has clearly tried to give it a marine feel. Indeed, it is the picture of the sea above the lounge chair which convinces us of this fact. Nevertheless, if you stare for long enough, perhaps your imagination will transport you back to memories of the ocean.