Nautical decorating ideas for every room in your home

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Our nautical decorating ideas are all about the easy-come, easy-go spirit of holidays by the coast. Breathe sea-air style into schemes with shore-inspired prints, soft stripes and cool blues. Trim the sails, scrub the decks and break out the picnic basket – it’s time to escape to a simple life by the shore with these fabulous coastal interiors.

There is something about cool, breezy blues that can create a relaxed and uplifted holiday mood in any room. Coastal blues – mid blues with a grey undertone – are the decorating equivalent of your favourite pair of jeans. The right shade will fit perfectly, look great dressed up or down, and never fail to make you feel good about your chosen decorating scheme. From chalky stonewashed shades to lilac hydrangea tones and crisp navy, sea blues are fresh, natural and easy to use.

Choose furniture in pale colours that look as if they’ve been bleached by sun – these creams and buttermilks are softer than pure white and won’t show up marks as much. With such a muted colour scheme, you can have fun with prints and accessories. Play up the room’s summer feel with sand, sky and navy colours on curtains and cushions and add a statement armchair in classic stripes to complete the look.

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