Summer is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere, and a lot of people feel inspired to redecorate their homes with a nautical or coastal touch. To achieve this look, you don't have to repaint the entire house or spend a lot of money; tap into the right side of your brain and embrace a DIY project. Sometimes, it is just a matter of rearranging things or repurposing existing pieces of furniture to give them a new lease on life.

So, no matter if you are downsizing to an apartment or just planning to change the look of one room, I hope you enjoy my five tips to achieve a nautical decorating style in your home.

1. Start with Art

One of my favourite ways to define a colour scheme for a room is choosing an artwork first. For a beachy and nautical feel in your living room find one or more artworks related to the ocean and the beach. This living room found on Apartment Therapy is a great example how to link a space with the clever use of colour, pattern, and texture. The coral in the coffee table vignette mirrors the theme and shapes of the artworks; the colour scheme is repeated in the wall decoration, the cushions, and the table decor. I also love the mix of textures in this room.

2. Add a quirky DIY table lamp

The knotted rope base of this table lamp makes this accessory stand out and a stylish addition to any beach-style home. If you are interested in DIY decor, this project is for you! Read more about how to make this knotted lamp on Down Home Inspiration. Nice side-effect: it saves you money as well!

3. Transform an old chest into a stunning storage unit

It's all about recycling and repurposing existing furniture these days. Here is another DIY-project to spruce up an ugly thrift store dresser into a work of art and a statement piece for your nautical decorating style. The typography was custom-designed and hand-painted with chalk paint. Found on Hometalk.

4. Use a themed shelf

This fun lighthouse shelf fits even in the smallest apartment. You can use it in any room – not only as a bathroom organiser – to add a nautical touch to your home. I love the candle on the top, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Think about your entrance, a narrow hallway, or your living room to surely engage a conversation with this lighthouse shelf.

5. Finish off your interior with eye-catching cushions

These indigo sea life cushions are sure to be a conversation starter on your couch. The high-quality cushion combo from Coastal Home Pillows stands out from the crowd by showcasing impressive detailed prints. They are available in different sizes and made-to-order.

Contact me for an initial interior styling consultation at your home! I can not only help you make it look fab but also save you money when buying decorator items.

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