A nautical style kitchen may not be the first thing that leaps out at you from the pages of your favourite interior design magazine, but if you’re looking for a place to escape to, this could be the theme for you.
In this blog post, we’ll explore what the nautical style is, why it’s so popular and give you tips on choosing suitable colours, patterns, accessories and kitchen work tops.
Why is the nautical style so popular?
When the sun makes its all too brief appearance, there’s nothing better than packing your sun cream along with a pair of flip flops and heading for the seaside. The coast has an enduring appeal, and as an island nation, where the sea is never more than an hour or two away, it certainly holds a special place in our hearts.
So, it’s not really surprising that some of this love of the sea has rubbed off on us. The nautical style spreads far beyond interiors, into every facet of our lives, from fashion (think Breton and Cadet stripes on clothing) to hobbies (surfing, body boarding and boating).
It’s a style that, judging by the latest design trends, certainly isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.
What is the nautical style?
When it comes to home interiors, nautical style can really cover a broad range of themes and designs. In general, you’ll find some more focused styles to choose between: From the bright cheerfulness of the seaside look to the refined galley-style feel of a luxury liner, you’re bound to find your own personal favourite.
If this idea really floats your boat, why not create a nautical style kitchen by following some of our tips below?
Nautical style kitchen colours & patterns
The first place to start, when it comes to creating a nautical style kitchen, is your choice of colour palette. Ok, forgive me for being Mr Obvious, but for this style to work, blues of various shades and colours are the order of the day (they don’t call it navy blue for nothing you know!).
But don’t let blue restrict you. Why not experiment with greens, teal turquoise and even sand to create the desired look?
Striped patterns can be used to really invoke that nautical feel. Candy stripe wall paper or striped cushions can all be used to add to your overall decor.
Nautical style kitchen accessories
One of the most fun aspects of creating a nautical style kitchen is collecting all those little accessories that help to bring your design to life. One of my favourite things to do is collect an object on my travels to the coast. Whether it’s a seashell, a nautical style lantern or a model sailing boat, they can all add personal touch to your design.
However, it is easy to go overboard with accessories, so if you are collecting knick-knacks, try and keep them to one theme, e.g. boats.
Rope is a superb material for using in your kitchen space. It really brings a nautical feel to proceedings and can be used to create some extra hanging space, or simply coiled in the corner for an unusual yet intriguing design feature. Brass is another material that can really lift your decor.
Kitchen lighting is a great way to include more nautical flavours, with a whole range of portal-inspired designs to illuminate your way.
Nautical style kitchen worktops
Choosing a laminate worktop for your nautical style kitchen isn’t easy. You want all the functionality of an inexpensive and multi-functional surface, but with all the style and design of a nautical look.
The distressed wood look is a great way to create the feel of the nautical style. Bleached, washed out and faded wood finishes help to recreate the weathering caused by the sea. There are plenty of designs to choose from, and what’s more, they’re easy to keep clean and tidy. However, if you do want to splash out a little on your new work surface, go for solid wood worktops in beech or maple.
From here on in, it’s plain sailing, all the way to your nautical style kitchen.