Ahoy! If you love the ocean and want to bring some nautical flair into your home, implementing modern nautical design elements is a great way to do it. Nautical decor may conjure up images of kitschy lighthouses and seashells, but it doesn’t have to feel outdated or cliché. In fact, with the right modern pieces, you can create a chic, contemporary coastal vibe.
I’ll share some of my favorite ways to incorporate modern nautical style into any room. From abstract art depicting waves and ships to navy blue and white color schemes, minimalist wood furnishings, and unexpected statement pieces, these tips will have you sailing toward interior design that feels fresh and current. So batten down the hatches and get ready to dive into effortlessly elegant modern nautical decor!
Take a peek inside a nautically inspired Long Island beach home with modern touches and updates throughout. Bright Bazaar blogger Will Taylor and husband Toby Taylor-Willis loved the Bellport, NY home they purchased, not far from New York City. One Kings Lane Interior Design helped bring their vision to life.
Nautical Design Elements
Modern nautical interior design draws inspiration from the sea and maritime life. Key elements include a color palette dominated by shades of blue, white, and sandy neutrals. Striped patterns are often used for upholstery, rugs, and walls. Natural materials like wood and rope are prevalent for furniture and decor. Weathered finishes and distressed textures provide a lived-in, coastal feel. Maritime motifs such as anchors, ship wheels, and shells frequently appear as decorative accents. Nautical charts and artwork depicting sea landscapes can be included as wall decor. Glass, chrome, and metallic elements may be incorporated for a contemporary touch. Overall, the design aims to create a calm, light-filled space that reflects the openness and serenity of the ocean.
Nautical Style Kitchen
Nautical Breakfast Nook
Beach Home Dining Room
The rope chandelier in this dining room is stunning! Navy blue side chairs sit around a wood pedestal table and a built-in bench adds extra seating.