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Nautical Décor in Your Utility Room

by Jessica Ackerman

Get the feel and look of the open sea with nautical décor in your utility room. With a few simple additions you can create the feel of a fresh sea breeze in this high traffic area of your home. Inspired by the beauty and wonder of the sea - you will be able to transform your dull and boring utility room into a time honored nautical memory. 

Whether you have a taste for wicker, twig, wrought iron, rustic antiques, or rich wood with brass fittings - your nautical themed utility room can become a showcase with very little effort. ships wheel

Ships Ahoy Storage

Regardless of your taste, a wide variety of furnishings can be used with nautical décor to create the look of your preference. 

Place a handsome steamship funnel shaped waste basket or a wicker basket near the door for a catch-all. 

Rustic wood, wicker or leather covered trunks can be terrific stowaways for items that are seldom used. 

Organize your cherished old magazines in a lovely canvas magazine rack.

Add a canvas folding chair near the rack for quiet times when you want to lounge around or read a book. 

A boat shaped book shelf can house your hardbacks blended with other nautical décor. 

wooden chest For extra storage of larger items, use a double chest with brass pulls and other brass fittings. 

An oar coat stand will keep your rainy day cover- ups out of the way. 

A storage closet with shelves and folding doors can be used to stow away everyday supplies.

Deck Your Utility Room Walls in a Nautical Theme

Give your walls the colors of the sea.

Pale sand tones, light sea-foam green or pale whitecap blue are clever choices that help make the space feel expansive. 

Using brass hooks, copper hooks, or hemp rope, drape fish netting across a wall and decorate with any of the abundant items available to produce a nautical theme – shells, sea creatures and more.  fish net

Rope can also be used for curtain tie backs or for a swag effect atop the windows.

Eye catching artwork of ocean and beach scenery produces a calm atmosphere.

anchor Cabin porthole mirrors give reflective depth to your nautical utility room making it appear larger than it really is; hang them at regular intervals for a boat galley effect. 

An exquisite anchor clock on the wall and a ship bell near provide eye-catching detail.


The Ceiling

Light up your nautical utility room with ship helm lightening fixtures. These nifty lighting fixtures are available in flush mount, hanging swag, table lamps, and wall sconces. 

The Floor

Wood or wood laminated flooring will replicate a plank floor covering. If your utility room doubles as a laundry room and/or mudroom, select vinyl flooring with a wood plank design stands up to moisture. 

Add area rugs in your color palette or a nautical theme for warmth and cushioning around work areas.


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