Inspiration: Modern Nautical Decor

Gregory and Emily's living room is as compact and as well-organized as a ship. While its nautical notes invoke the sea — blue grey walls, dark wood accents, the collections of shells, the rope doorstop — the room's decor is subtle and calming unlike more traditionally sea-influenced rooms. Inspired, I've rounded up some items to bring in an oceanic mood while still keeping your home as see-worthy as theirs.

  • Start with blue-grey for the walls. The best paint is one that changes color as the sun moves across it during the day. Benjamin Moore's Knoxville Grey is one idea; check this Color Therapy post for others.
  • Incorporate marine accents. Check Seashells Go Modern for some ways to bring seashells into your home. If you don't live near the beach or you're hesitant about bringing your treasures home, check out Seashell City for a good selection of shells, sea fans, coral (both real and faux) and sand dollars (but stay away from their beach decor).
  • A sailor's knot doorstop is both practical and sculptural, whether you use it to keep a door open, hold down a stack of magazines, or keep your books from falling over. Buy one or make your own.
  • Keep your room in ship shape. Part of the appeal of this room is how neat and organized it is. Learn some boat-worthy organizational tips from this list of Small Space Ideas from Boats and RVs.
  • Map it out. Although there are no maps in this room, maps are classic sea decor. Check out Decorate Your Walls With Maps for some ways to bring them into your home.
  • Think globally. Like maps, I love globes in homes. Vintage globes can showcase your globe-trotting persona or give off a schoolish vibe. Decorate Like a Globe Trotter has some ideas on styling them in your home.

Images: Gregory Han