Christie’s Urban Nautical

Name: Christie
Location: Houston, Texas
Type of Home: loft studio

Color Inspiration: The white swirl bed quilt inspired my palette for the bedroom nook in my loft space. Although white, it has aqua and navy in it, and reminded me of the sea. I wanted to make the bed nook cozy and nautical, so I chose navy for the back wall, grey stripes for the half wall to the left of the bed, and faux bois paneling that I painted in an aqua/grey combination using a faux bois tool on the right wall.

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Urban Nautical

Color Inspiration continued: The headboard of the bed is tromp l’oiel, as it is painted onto the wall with a peralized paint. I added nail head detail to create the illusion of an upholstered headboard. The furniture at the foot of the bed was formerly two nightstands that received refinished drawer fronts, a painted grey exterior, and bright yellow legs. I made the bed pillow shams by appliquing a bright chain link pattern that I cut from an aqua and white fabric onto a navy and white floral print. The tiny vintage oil painting of a ship above the bed got a facelift when I laquered the dark, dingy frame in a glossy, grey enamel. Other items in the space are a mirror that I made using broken mirror pieces, and a pirates poster from 826 Valencia with two Kidrobot Dunnys on top. The bedside tables were formerly old metal window boxes that I retrofitted with white holiday light strands.

Colors Used: The dark blue wall behind the bed is Sullivan by Ralph Lauren
The faux bois paneled wall is Baltic Green by Ralph Lauren and Pale Grey by Ralph Lauren. The stripe wall is Loft Living and Pale Grey by Ralph Lauren

Color Tip: My best tip for using color successfully is to keep trying different things until you love the combo that you’ve come up with!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)