The Nautical Design Style is more than a staple in coastal decor. It is almost, no pun intended, the flagship of the design styles. It embodies the coastal lifestyle with it’s origins and decorations. It doesn’t get any more coastal than using things off of boats as decoration in the home. Well, maybe using sand? But who really wants to clean up that mess? We’re not going to!
The style originates back to the East Coast along the Atlantic coastal line. It also has a few different names; some of the more recognizable names are New England Coastal Style and American Coastal Style. Both are fitting considering the region in which the style started and the color palette used in most nautical style homes.
In Nautical Coastal Design you will see lots of reds, whites and blues which gives way to the name American Coastal Style. It’s also very common for American flags to be part of the decoration as well. The colors are bright and bold which let the style really pop! Along with the colors comes the main patterns – stripes. They will always show up in the Nautical Style. In some shape or form they will be in the room: it can be printed fabric on the sofa, painted on the walls or laid on the ground in the rug’s design . Stripes are a big design staple in the decor and will always be used in it.
Other accesorries that are used as decoration in the Nautical Style are boat flags, life raft rings, fishing buoys, boat paddles and model sail boats. That’s just a few of the pieces used in the design though. There are plenty more, but these are used more often. Basically, if it comes off of a boat it’s perfect for the Nautical Style. But really, if it has to do with boats, sailing to the ocean in anyway, you’re on the right path for the Nautical Style.
We all know the phrase “Less is more”. It’s a very common phrase and concept when it comes to life and design. In design it creates a simple guideline which translates to less stuff creates more of an impact. It sounds easy, but it can often be one of the our biggest design challenges.
There is another element to the less is more concept and it is explained by adding one word to the phrase. Less is more time. It’s a simple, yet powerful addition to the phrase. Less is more time to relax, to clean, to spend with your family or to go out and live. Less is more means less stuff to clean or worry about it.
If you can adopt the less is more phrase into your home you can reclaim time you waste and discover time you didn’t have before. That means no more time wasted on cleaning and dusting in between all the trinkets and useless accessories you thought you needed in your home. No more time spent moving furniture around so you can vacuum properly. Keep your design simple to save your most valuable asset – time.
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Space, space, space! We all want more of it. Whether it’s just an extra cabinet here or another bedroom and a yard there, a little more space never hurt anyone. Unfortunately, it’s just not that easy which means we have to make the best out of what space we do have.
A smaller, or less desired, amount of space doesn’t limit design as much as you might think. When you are forced to get creative in a small space you tend to focus on what matters. In small spaces, it’s all about function.
A room designed with function in mind will transform it into a flowing, livable space. Strip down the design and decor to the bare essentials. When you keep it simple with the essentials you can start to build up the space or keep it simple.
Check out how these designers have used decor in smaller spaces and focused on the needs, not the wants.
Children play a large part when it comes to home design. Designing for the kids is completely different than designing for an empty nest, especially when it comes to younger kids. The way you shop for furniture and accessories will be and is completely different. That’s why we have 3 easy tips for you on how to design a kid friendly living room! We want to get you started on the right foot. Hopefully we can get you thinking about a few key design points when it comes to decorating with kids in mind.
1. Upholstery that can take a beating.
The sofa and the chairs are going into battle. It’s furniture versus children and the kids have the upper hand. The upholstery will be jumped on, spilled on and dirtied up. Invest in materials that can stand the abuse and can be easily cleaned. If you can only get one, choose the latter of the two. One choice to consider is leather. Leather can stand up to the abuse and can be cleaned fairly easy. Leather isn’t your style? Start looking into slipcovers – now. They will become your best friends when the messes come. Just pull them off and wash them, Life can be that easy sometimes.
2. Pick out a strong coffee table.
This is a must! You NEED a coffee table that will last. This is going to be a crucial piece in the living room. The kids will use it for many things and you’ll be extremely thankful you picked out a good, sturdy coffee table. It will be used as a place to eat, a place to play, a place for crafts and many other activities. Do it right the first time and get a solid, reliable coffee table.
3. Choose a wipe worthy paint.
Not all paint is created equal. You find this out when you have kids. Some how, some way, it all ends up on the walls. Researchers still have no idea how this happens and will forever be a mystery. It’s truly inevitable which means you need to cover the walls with paint that can stand a deep cleaning. Look into paint that can hold up with a thorough wipe down and won’t fade after one clean. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a little extra touch up paint handy, but let’s hope it never gets to that point.
The Mediterranean coastal style has been around longer than most of us ever had a home to decorate. The Mediterranean style has grown into a style that has been adopted by many people in many different countries. This style really gained some attention when coastal Spanish and Italian towns became the envy of everyone’s travel and summer adventures. Can you blame anyone though? The Mediterranean style is beautiful and has many unique features that makes us envious.
One very noticeable feature of the Mediterranean style is the architectural elements. This style is easy to spot, not only by location, but typically have two prominent traits. First, the style uses very recognizable arches in the design. An arch will almost always be found in this style. If there isn’t an arch, there is definitely going to be some sort of curve, or multiple curving elements, found in the architecture as well. Whether it be stairs or the way the room is shaped, there will be curves. The second trait is that style uses clean, eye grabbing lines. These homes will lure you in with curves and then hit you with a hard architectural feature that grabs your attention. The effortless features will give you something to drool over.
Another architectural element that comes into play in this style is the use of built-in furniture and storage. This design feature helps create space and gives the home a unique look. A common built-in sofa feature is typically used outdoors, however, using them indoors is not uncommon either. They are topped with a pillows and seat cushions which make them ready for you to have a comfortable seat!
We hope you like to sit low because Mediterranean furniture tends to be low. The furniture is low, built strong and very sturdy. We tried to find out why it’s low, but came up short. We think, and we’re obviously right, it’s low because people who design their home in this style like to relax – a lot! I mean can you think what better way to do that? Get so low you’re basically laying down!
The colors used in this style are bright and fun. This can be seen from the decor throughout the home. It also shows in the mosaic tile work that appears in this design style. The tile work in Mediterranean homes is absolutely stunning. Some of our favorites appear on stairs and look amazing! This kind of tile work boosts the color in the home and adds flare to the space. The base colors in the Mediterranean style are usually neutral like a white or cream hue. This allows the bright colors and decor to really pop throughout the home which gives the designer plenty of fun options to play with.
Now do yourself a favor and gawk over some of these beautiful homes! Imagine relaxing and sun bathing during the summer in one of these amazing spaces. We know we are!
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A wooden ladder is a great design piece and an easy way to add rustic decor to your home. They’re extremely versatile and bring a great deal of eye pleasing interest to any space. How does a wooden ladder do this? By taking advantage of the vertical space.
They fill the room and give your eye something to follow through the space. This is as easy as leaning the wooden ladder up against the wall. Now if you want to take it a step further, you can add another layer of decor to continue building dynamic design. Decorate the ladder with throws or even hang art from them, the options can be as creative as you are (or, realistically, what you find on Pinterest). If you’re handy enough you can even convert a wooden ladder into a makeshift shelf. Just be careful what you choose to display, we can’t imagine those will be the sturdiest of shelves!
Take a look at what these designers have done and how they have decorated these spaces with wooden ladders. Plus let’s not forget, they’re a great excuse to go antique hunting. Oops, did we just plant that seed into your mind? Happy hunting!