A nautical child bedroom will work for a boy or a girl and is a great look for almost any age child.
Ocean themed children's bedrooms are popular choices that actually grow with your child. It's simple to take a nursery that incorporates ocean or nautical motifs, replace a few items, and create a room that works well with an elementary or even middle school aged child. Whether you want to focus on a particular nautical aspect, such as sailboats, ocean liners, and fishing boats, or you want to expand the theme to include sea animals or pirates, the possibilities are endless. While of course you can order complete bedding sets and accessories from department stores and online sites, you can also find items in dollar discount stores and even yard sales.
Nautical Child Bedroom
A nautical child bedroom typically uses navy, white, and red colors, but you can add some pop with bright yellows and even greens as accent colors if you choose.
- Feminine style-Color choices really can make a difference, and if you want the room to have a decidedly feminine touch, play up the typical colors in pastels instead of bolds. Purchase dolls dressed in sailor outfits, and look for accent accessories such as small boats, oars, lighthouses, etc.
- Masculine style-If you want the room to be all boy in design, then look for bolder pictures and accessories. You might want to feature a large print of a storm on the ocean. You could also purchase real nautical items, such as oars, life jackets, life rings, ropes, fishing nets, and even a small anchor. Adding a painted porthole or two to the bedroom wall is an option as well.
- Neutrals-Neutral colors look great in a room designed for an older boy or girl. Again, you can add a feminine or masculine touch. Stick to colors like white, tan, or light blue, and add a few accent items, such as pillows and a throw rug with just a hint of red.
- Brights-A bright nautical child bedroom is always a favorite. Paint the room in bright blues and/or reds. You could even stripe a wall or add decals for additional accents, or divide the room with a chair rail, using a nautical design wallpaper on bottom with an accent color on top. Place nautical shelves and knick-knacks throughout the room.
- Window treatments-You can be as traditional or as whimsical as you choose with window treatments. For a fun look, use small oars as curtain rods and drape fish nets with a few shells attached across them at the top of the windows. Wooden blinds would look great in a neutral décor.
A sailboat décor is a popular choice for nurseries and children's bedrooms. Paint the room a soft blue, and add accent colors like red and black. You can find inexpensive sailboat items at places like Hobby Lobby and Oriental Trading. Add white furniture, such as a dresser, toy box, and rocking chair, and you've created a beautiful room for your child to enjoy.
Do you have a little boy who is fascinated with pirates? If so, decorating is fun and easy with a pirate theme. Consider adding a mural or just some well-placed stickers on the wall. Accessories and ideas could include a pirate's hat, parrots, palm trees, and of course a pirate ship. Bold colors work best for this theme, so use reds, yellows, greens, and blacks freely throughout the room. If you really want to add some pizzazz, consider painting the floor to look like a ship deck, and add waves and a pirate ship to the walls with clouds on the ceiling. Drape a fishnet in the corner of the room, and store extra toys, etc. in the net. Natural wood will probably work best, but you could add a chair or chest with matching or accent colors. Look for pirate lamps, light switch plates, rugs, pictures, etc. as well.
Where To Shop
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