Ah yes, summer is here and a trip to the beach is the perfect remedy for a warm afternoon. The blues of the ocean and the majesty of water, sun, and sand is the ideal combination for a fantastic experience. Thankfully, you can bring the magic of the coast to your home with the following tips for nautical-inspired exteriors. Anchors away!
1. You can’t go wrong with a bright white: White is one of the quintessential colours when it comes to coastal inspiration, and we think it’s always a good idea. Not only is this hue a classic choice, it is the perfect neutral and can be paired with any other colour for added depth. Although white works well on an entire house, it is also great for shutters, trim, and other accents. Add this crisp colour to your existing scheme for a nautical pick-me-up.
2. Pair blues and whites: Blue and white is a classic nautical colour combination. Whether you opt for a darker shade, such as Oxford Blue, or a lighter shade, such as Gentle Blue, Blue is a perfect complement to white— especially if you want to capture the charm of the seaside.
3. Accent with red: We always love red as an accent colour— and we especially enjoy it when it’s part of a nautical theme. It’s just as classic as blue and white, and provides an ideal colour pop for extra interest. Try a bright red door (like Pillar Box Red) for an instant exterior pick-me-up, and a fun addition to any nautical look.
Note: if you’re not feeling bold enough to try a red door on your home— why not try it on your shed?
4. Add stripes where possible: Stripes are a key element of the nautical theme, and they are simple enough to incorporate. Use striped fabrics on garden furniture for a comfy and cosy nautical retreat, or paint stripes on an exterior feature wall for something a bit more daring. We also love striped planters— and any of these ideas make for a fun DIY activity that can be completed in a few hours!
5. Accesorise with Anchors and Ring Buoys: Would any nautical exterior be complete without these classic water accessories? To give your home that beach-house feel, decorate with anchors and ring buoys. Use a ring buoy for your front door wreath and strategically prop or hang an anchor along your exterior walls for an adorable, aquatic accent!
6. Keep landscaping natural: Though we all can appreciate the crisp lines of perfectly trimmed hedges and freshly cut grass, when it comes to nautical exteriors, you’ll want to keep things light and breezy. While defined lines dominate the nautical paint style, use long grasses and wildflowers in your landscaping to give it that laid back, beachy feel.