How to Add a Touch of Nautical Style Without Going Overboard

Looking to give your home a dose of coastal style? Go beyond the expected seashells with these original design ideas. 

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Marine Flags

Bring color and graphic detail to plain furniture by painting simple boating signals in shades of blue and white. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Upcycled Sail

Grommets were added to a piece of an old sail then strung between some pipes to make this nautical-inspired headboard. See how it was made >>

Sea Blue and Sisal

Using two shades of ocean-blue paint and a roll of sisal rope, a humdrum wooden dresser was transformed into a beach house masterpiece. Get the how-to instructions >>

Monkey's Fist Knot

A monkey's fist (or monkey's paw, depending on who you ask) was historically used as a weight on the free end of a heaving line, which is a lightweight rope thrown between a ship and the dock. But you can just use it as a charming decoration. Take a look at the instructions >>

Driftwood Wreath

Driftwood sticks were striped in red, white and blue paint then glued onto a wreath form to create this buoy-like decoration. See the step-by-step instructions >>


Dress up an outdoor dining area with a candelabra made from a grouping of disparate lanterns. Gather an odd number of lanterns in assorted shapes, sizes and finishes. Use sisal rope to suspend them at different lengths from an old wooden ladder ensuring balanced positioning. Get the how-to instructions >>

Rope Rug

A coil of sisal will add a dash of cottage-coastal style to any floor. And the best part, it costs about $20 to make. Take a look at the tutorial >>


Krista from the Happy Housie blog upcycled an old boat paddle into a nautical-inspired way to display her house number. 

Sea Glass Wind Chimes

Don't know what to do with your collection of beach glass? It's pretty easy to drill holes in them and string them together to create a wall hanging or porch decor. Check out the how-to instructions >>

Boat Cleat Cabinet Pulls

To add a whimsical, seafaring touch to your kitchen, replace standard cabinet-door pulls with boat cleats. Wrap each one in a strand of rope to complete the look.  

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