What to consider when choosing Nautical Accessories

At Beautiful Rope Decor, of course we’re passionate about nautical home accessories – that’s what we sell. But how do you choose the right nautical accessory for a home by the sea? Well we asked some experts who would know. These experts have each created stunning interior design projects for coastal properties around the UK. They know all about nautical accessories and how to use them successfully in an interior design scheme. This is the second in our series of nautical decor articles which bring you hints and tips from coastal interior designers.

5 great tips on choosing nautical accessories

1. My favourite accessories are always those that have a history, a story and/or are bespoke to the particular design project. I might incorporate rope door stops, or a fisherman’s pendant light fitting to give subtle nuances to a nautical scheme. You can create a feel rather than a theme. A coastal/nautical vibe can be achieved through a colour palette, artwork or materials that give the effect without drawing on the obvious clichés. Louise Couldry of Holmwood Interiors Whitby, North Yorkshire.

2. It could be that you have a specific job, interest or hobby which can be artfully worked into a nautical design. Or by having a sense of the setting of the property it may well be possible to draw on sources of interest from its surroundings – perhaps through naturalistic forms or the history of the area. Sonia Mundey of Yellow Book Interiors Ltd, Dorset.

3. References to natural textures are good. Driftwood or rope – used sparingly as door stops, mirrors or key fobs. Just a little hint of the sea is enough. Holly Pagani of Salt Interiors, Norfolk

4. It’s important to choose hard wearing practical products for outside spaces which stand the test of time against coastal elements. Holly Keeling Stylist & Interior Designer, Devon.

5. Quality, authenticity and usefulness. Always consider why you are buying a certain piece, how does it fit into the interior, does it have a purpose? Give a nod to a theme by incorporating the colours, textures, materials and shapes rather than going all out ‘themey’. Louise Couldry of Holmwood Interiors, Whitby, North Yorkshire.

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Read our other nautical decor articles:

How to create a nautical theme

How to choose coastal colours

2016 coastal design trends

Nautical wallpaper ideas