Popular Nautical Decor Selections

Nautical DecorNautical Decor

The theme of nautical decor is very popular especially in coastal regions. But even if you live in a landlocked community, you might be interested in bringing the seashore to your home. Here’s a look at some of the decorative items you might choose.

Nautical Decor Mermaid Art

Mermaid ArtMermaid Art

You can find mermaids in paintings and on lamps. Their images adorn curtains, bathroom accessories and outdoor wall hangings.The legend of the mermaid is well known. She has been portrayed in many different ways. In most cases, she is beautiful, but some of the older drawings show her nasty side.

Other sea creatures, both real and legendary are also popular. Seahorses of all shapes, sizes and colors are an example of a popular theme for nautical decor in  the home.

Port Holes 

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Port holes and other ship parts are often used for wall hangings. Ship’s wheels have been used as functional parts of tables and lights. The parts are also used simply to decorate any furnishing to make it fit in with the nautical décor.

Port holes serve as windows on ships. One of the more unique things I have seen them used for in the home is as mirrors. You can find some ready-made mirrors that are designed to look like port holes. If you’re a do-it-yourself type, you can take an old ship’s port hole and paint the back of the glass with reflective paint. Either way, you will have a nice decoration and a conversation piece for your home.


Nautical Art

Nautical ArtNautical Art

Practically every medium there is has been used to create nautical art. Whether you are interested in traditional oil paintings or a wooden sculpture created using a chainsaw, you can find something to suit your tastes. It’s safe to say that the easiest way to find any of these nautical decor items is to shop online.

Brass and metal are popular choices for nautical artists. Some of the wall sculptures that have been created are museum-worthy. Personally, I like the wading birds. They come in different colors and sizes, and many of them are quite lifelike.

Nautical Antiques

Nautical AntiquesNautical Antiques

Nautical antiques may be used as-is or incorporated into a larger work of art. Much depends on the value of the antique. If you’re not sure about the value, it would be wise to get an appraisal before making any changes. Even polishing a brass item can devalue it, if the polishing is not done by a professional.

Some of the popular antiques include lobster traps and fishing floats. The lobster traps are used in a variety of ways for decorating indoors and out. There are many other things to choose from when you are decorating with a nautical-theme. Buoys, lighthouses, pirate flags, etc.

You will find that most household items are available in styles inspired by the seashore. Some decorators say you can overdo it with this theme. Others feel that the wide selection of items makes overdoing it unlikely. I believe the most important thing is that you enjoy your decor and feel comfortable surrounded by it.

Fishing Floats 

Fishing Net FloatsFishing Net Floats
  1. Fishing floats of all sizes are popular collectibles. Many people collect lures too and fill display cases with them. The floats and lobster trap bouys are larger decorating items, although miniature recreations are also available.

There are many other things to choose from when you are decorating with a nautical-theme. Buoys, lighthouses, pirate flags, etc. You will find that most household items are available in styles inspired by the seashore.

Some decorators say you can overdo it with this theme. Others feel that the wide selection of items makes overdoing it unlikely. I believe the most important thing is that you enjoy your nautical décor and feel comfortable surrounded by it.

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