If there’s one trend that never fails to make it onto the spring summer catwalks year after year, it’s nautical: swathes of blue, white and red; clean, crisp shapes; and a host of maritime-related graphics all feature prominently in this trend. It’s a great look for summer, helping to add a little bit of relaxed, European chic to your spring summer wardrobe, but why stop there? The nautical trend is also perfect for your home, giving it a fresh look and a suitably summery revamp.
For a nautical-inspired update to your home, take the three key colours of red, white, and blue as your basic palette. These colours don’t have to be in the primary spectrum, but instead combine different shades for different effects: scarlet, cream and navy look rich and inviting in a dining room, while pale blue, bright white and a dash of pillar box red look refreshing in a bathroom or bedroom.
Different textures can really make or break the nautical look, so make sure you choose accessories in a range of interesting rough and smooth textures to add to your home makeover.
For living rooms, textured cushions make a great addition to a plain covered sofa, like the Amalfi Cushion in a sophisticated navy blue. We also love the Malabar Wool Rug in a softly waving pattern; the blue tones and rich pile add a touch of luxury to any room and looks particularly good on wooden floors.
The nautical theme might make you automatically think of traditional, worn furniture and textures, but you can create a stylish modern look with this trend too. The Wire Non-electric Light Shade Pendant in red, white or blue has a contemporary design that keeps the nautical theme up to date; pair with a plain, textured rug like the Tamira Rug in ivory and classically-styled accessories (like the Blue Clock with bold, retro-look numbers) for a modern, fresh look.
A nautical theme for your home wouldn’t be truly nautical without some cool beach house and boat themed graphics. The Beach Hut Cushion is a gorgeous, printed and embroidered cushion that adds a whimsical touch to any nautical-themed room; we also really like the Graham & Brown Beach Hut Canvas for a more contemporary take on the beach hut! If you prefer something a little more abstract, then the Sunset 3-piece Split Canvas Wall Art is ideal, giving you a relaxing scene to look at whatever time of day.
With Littlewoods, refreshing your home for this season’s nautical trend couldn’t be easier – and why not have a look at our other home trends for Spring Summer 2012?