This upbeat interior aims to bring a smile with its bold patterns and classic color scheme. We love the vintage sailboat photographs and ocean-themed touches that give a subtle sea vibe to the traditional colonial style.
This kitchen’s boat-like style comes straight from its proximity to the water. The mahogany countertops were sealed with marine varnish, consistent with yacht design. Brushed-nickel hardware modeled after boat cleats accents the refrigerator and freezer.
A built-in bed with navy-and-white linens lends yachtlike feel. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom effect.
2 of 20 Photo: Domino, Jo Tyler; Styling: Melanie Molesworth
Bold stripes and playful prints puts a fun spin on the nautical theme. The built-in daybed expands this home’s yacht-like appeal and provides the perfect sleeping spot for afternoon naps or overnight guests. The extra height of this daybed creates the bunk feel of first-mate sleeping quarters.
Inside this wood-and-glass conservatory just above the high tide line, built-in furnishings and mahogany walls wrap the tiny space, creating the sense of being on a yacht.
Knotty pine walls reminiscent of old beach homes and wooden sailing vessels combined with saturated blue, green, and white fabrics create the classic look of a luxury liner.
Everyday items hung in a series create a graphic focal point of architecture-free walls. Baskets, oars, shutters, and even wheels double as art.
No need to be overtly nautical when working with a classic coastal color scheme. Simple shades of blue and yellow can convey the desired feeling.
Here, opposites attract (in a big way!): Sky blue mellows out the bold red in a fire-and-ice combo that’s perfect for brightening beach house bedrooms.
A custom slipcover constructed from handmade recycled sails makes a nautical statement and preserves their heritage.
Two country favorites—painted floors and checked wallpaper—come together to create an all-American kitchen complete with a butcher-block island and hanging copper cookware. Whimsical coastal motifs stenciled on the floor ensures the room is more nautical than pastoral.
Floating shelves for nightstands and wall sconces in place of bulky table lamps help accommodate the bedroom’s pint-size space. Billowing fabrics overhead soften the lines of the ceiling and walls, while adding more texture and interest plus the illusion of extra height.
Elegant water-resistant fabrics, pillows, and blankets inspire connection with the sea and can handle this cottage’s heavy traffic.
Dress up outdoor furniture with colors of sea and sky to pack a nautical punch.
This casual dining area features a freestanding custom replica of a ship’s table surrounded by banquette seating. A retro-nautical light fixture hangs overhead.
A flat woven rug in traditional blue-and-white looks just right beneath this master bedroom’s coordinating bed and linens. Overhead, an antique canvas kayak reminds homeowners that the water is only steps away.
These coastal rooms sport the best of sailor-chic style, from preppy prints to ocean-themed accessories.
You can call attention to a room’s architectural elements by painting trim and molding a deep navy. Wake up the floor by painting a nautical motif or stripes of alternating shades of blue.
The homeowners dubbed their open living and dining space “The Boathouse” after outfitting it with nautical details.
The secret to piling them on without going overboard? Pairing stripes with different scales and styles (like narrow pinstripes and more abstract designs), and limiting the palette. Here, stylist Melanie Molesworth stayed true to blues, ranging from slate to indigo.