Nautical design and decor has swept me away like a rip current.
Maybe it's because I live so close to Fort Lauderdale, (dubbed "the yachting capital of the world"). It's a plausible explanation for sure... but a nautically-inspired look is not just happening in South Florida; from my bird's-eye view, I'm seeing it everywhere. The nautical vibe is crisp and clean, as refreshing as a sea spray, and as invigorating as the wind in your sails. Plus, maritime is perfect anytime; no wonder the look is going full steam ahead in private residences and upscale resorts worldwide.
You don't need to own a boat to own this look, but to keep it chic, you don't want to go overboard with anything too theme-y. An anchor here or a rope knot there is fine... but it's best to let nautical colors like navy & white. and natural materials like teak & linen, take the helm.
Here are some of my picks to start you off on your nautical design voyage: