Nauti and Nice
- May 6th, 2013
- in Yachting
By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House BVI
Those of us vested in the interior design industry are noticing a large movement toward nautical influences on décor—especially here in one of the sailing capitals of the world.
It is classic, timeless and translates so well to Caribbean living. Here are few simple tips to incorporate this new trend and make any home shipshape.
Tie it Up: Old, weathered rope can create visual interest and used in so many different applications. Rope can be coiled into a large clear glass hurricane for an unusual centerpiece. Monkey fist doorstops, as they’re referred to, are both attractive and practical. Rope can be used to enhance ice buckets, picture frames, throw cushions, and much more. Try to select a few different pieces to create a story.
Red, White and Blue: When choosing a colour scheme for your new nautical look, stick to the classics: fire engine red, crisp white and navy blue. Bold stripes—great for cushions, rugs or beach towels—are all perfectly on trend and easy to add to any existing style.
Chart a Course: Nautical charts can be framed as artwork or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, use them to decoupage chest of drawers, coffee tables and chests. As an alternative colour palette, try picking up the calming soft blues and greens found in nautical charts to decorate bathrooms and bedrooms.
Life’s a Beach: Including elements from the beach can pull the nautical theme together. We love large glass hurricanes and vases filled with sand, shells or starfish. Also, unusual pieces of driftwood can be given a new lease of life as a unique centerpiece or, when interspersed with candles and hung from a ceiling, a new twist on the traditional chandelier.
Recycle and Reuse: Making environmentally friendly choices has never been so easy when presented with the fantastic selection of bags, plant pots and throw cushions that have been made from old ships sails. Also, look out for old cleats, shackles and pulleys—they look fabulous and can be used as hooks or paperweights.
On Tortola, check out Nutmeg Designs for a fabulous selection of recycled items. The nautical theme is a fabulous way to update any style and will be a trend that remains popular for years to come. Ahoy!