We may not be able to sail the glittering Mediterranean on the once-great cruise liners of the 1930s, but the decorative appeal of nautical antiques means we can indulge our romantic holiday aspirations at home. Inspired by the warmth of copper, industrial accessories and striking glassware, embracing coastal trends will add a grown-up and classic edge to your rooms.
Times are changing
Gone are the days of dealing brass plaques and commemorative mugs to seasoned sailors. Today's market is all about fantastic quality decorative and statement pieces, shot through with the romance of life spent at sea. From ship's fittings to life rings, oars and ropes, anchors and antique diving helmets, Britain's long history as a seafaring nation has resulted in a rich haul of aesthetically pleasing paraphernalia with an interesting story to tell.
With these six easy ways to combine nautical antiques with your existing decor, you'll find yourself amid an oasis of history and intrigue. Plus, scroll down for a list of where to hunt for the best pieces.
A loose-covered sofa accessorised with vintage linen cushions creates a casual and relaxed feel
Choose rattan outdoor furniture draped with soft woollen and linen textiles for a quiet place to lounge outside
These galvanised dining chars make for an industrial-style dining area, and the addition of storm lanterns enable you to carry on entertaining after dusk even when there's a fair breeze
Contrast rustic furniture with white-washed walls for a smart and contemporary take on a nautical look
A painted wall in a soft blue shade acts as a striking backdrop for a bounty of coastal finds
Gold, brass and copper-toned antiques offset rich blues beautifully. Mix up stripes with plain fabrics for added visual interest
Bring the age-old charm of the Breton stripe into the bedroom with contrasting tonal shades for a contemporary edge
WHERE TO BUY NAUTICAL ANTIQUES
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