Simple Nautical Design – Blue & White

This beach house will have you singing the blues… and whites…

Photos by: Campbell Photography Studio

Living on the coast of North Carolina lends itself to nautical decor themed homes and interior design. If you’re not careful, it is easy when trying to achieve a coastal feel to end up looking like the inside of a bad beach gift shop. In my opinion, simple is always best. Tried and true colors such as blue and white lend themselves to beach homes, coastal decor, and even traditional southern design.

I particularly love a white kitchen. I know this too shall pass, but the clean crisp white cabinets against a simple white backsplash make my heart happy. By adding the dark blue island with the wooden top, it breaks up the white and anchors the space with a warmer cozy feel. When designing any home, regardless of style or size, my goal is always to make it feel like home for both the homeowners and their guests. These gold bar stools were actually one of the main inspiration items for this entire home.

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White Kitchen, Blue Island, Wood Countertop, Gold Barstools


Great Room – Open Concept, Blue, White, & Leather


Guest Room – Shiplap Headboard, Pottery Barn Nightstands, Homegoods Bedding

Starting with a neutral base, in this case Sherwin Williams SW 6148 Wool Skein (flat) the guest room walls are combined with a SW 7005 Pure White trim (gloss) and the navy blue pops as a crisp accent color.  The shiplap headboard (anchored and hung to the wall, not permanently attached)  is painted to match the trim color. We added this to bring in a nautical feel to an otherwise traditional Pottery Barn bedroom furniture set. *If you are handy, a DIY headboard like this is a great way to keep the cost down in any bedroom update. 


Table Setting – Pottery Barn, Hobby Lobby, World Market
If you have been paying any attention to design trends over the last couple of years, it is safe to say “gold” has made a comeback. I can hear some of you cringing while you reminisce about switching out the old 90’s gold faucets and fixtures during your last remodel project. Well the golds of today are often softer, and less in your face than before but when combined with the blues and whites it adds the little bit of glam for an updated nautical look. I particularly like adding these accents to dining tables, bookshelves, and other unexpected areas. 


Study – Wainscoting, Coffer Ceiling, SW 7625 Mt. Etna Walls


When it comes to dramatic impact, don’t fear the dark colors. When added to the appropriate space it can make such a statement. I love trim details, and when planning this space, I knew it needed to be special. We decided to paint this office Sherwin Williams Mt. Etna SW 7625 and combined it with the brushed gold light fixture, mirror and golden birch floors. This room, located just off the great room, tucked behind dual glass pocket doors makes any actual work that has to happen in here that much more enjoyable!


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