Classic styles always evolve, and in this post, we’ll share some ideas for updated nautical looks. Our design firm, Jigsaw Design Group is based in Southern California in a beach community called Manhattan Beach. Here, we’ve seen the typical beach bungalow or beach cottage with shells and sailing kitsch mold into a more Cape Cod meets Modern style with elevated design and luxury finishes.
Achieving the looks is pretty simple, and the nuts and bolts can be done by a pro or some DIY aficionados if one feels brave enough. While installing shiplap or board and batten are not required for the look, it has become immensely popular. Using ship lap with it’s wider boards rather than the classic wainscoting make the look more up-to-date, much like the idea of hardwood floors getting wider too. In the two images above one can see a Board and Batten example in the first photo, and Shiplap in the second image. Pairing these finishes with crisp white walls throughout lay the perfect canvas for your Nautical Modern space.
Next, minimize. Using items with clean minimal lines like the console table above and simple framed mirror add a Modern touch amid the earthy basket and tufted ottoman. Keeping items clean and simple and uncluttered for a ‘less is more’ aesthetic add to the modern touch and in the end make a big statement.
Something green in every room. With all the neutrals, white walls and seaside color accents (aka flora and fauna) a pop of green will bring your space to life. It also adds to the beachy, outdoor vibe of your nautical home. The Schefflera, known as the Umbrella Plant, as seen in the right corner of the above room is the ‘It’ plant in home decor for the modern nautical home.
Adding touches of seagrass, twine and wicker keep the nautical theme, but keep in unfussy and from looking too kitschy. A perfect example is the bedroom about with rattan chairs paired with simple white linens and asymmetrical furniture placement.
Even the nautical stripe gets a modern update by Ralph Lauren. Chic black and white replaces the navy standard for a fresh take on seaside style.
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