Would you rather be sailing or are you strictly a shore bird? Whether you're land-locked or seaside, you can create a nautical look in your outdoor living space by following a few easy principles. You'll find that even landlubbers can answer siren song of sea.
Although any outside space can be adapted to this motif, wooden decks are particularly suitable. And if you can manage to install a water feature so that deck overhangs it, you'll increase "on-board" feel. Be sure to include following elements.
Color For a real yacht-club feel, think navy, as in uniforms. Not only does navy recall color of ocean at night, paired with cream accents and brass "buttons", it looks as classy as a ship's captain. You can also add red accents for additional color.
Fabric Make cushions of canvas or canvas-like fabric. For a trim nautical look, edge thick square cushions in contrasting rope piping. Blue and white striped mattress ticking also makes great throw cushions.
Use sailcloth or awning fabric for drapes. Trim them with navy stripes and hang with grommets on brass curtain rods.
Rope's nautical texture can be incorporated in a number of ways. Lay a jute mat on floor, wrap rope around a plant pot, use rope tie-backs on outdoor draperies, display rope-handled baskets or simply pile a coil of rope in a corner.