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How to use nautical fabric for coastal chic style

Maritime prints are a key summer trend.

Inspired by the British seaside, our nautical fabric works equally well inside and out. But you don’t have to stick to anchor and boat motifs. Read our tips for mixing and matching patterns and textures for an authentic coastal feel.

Nautical inspiration for your kitchen and living space

The nautical theme is often associated with bathrooms, but can work equally well in kitchens and living rooms.

For a relaxed, beach hut feel in your living space, use lots of white paint and distressed wooden furniture, teamed with upholstery in a smart stripe or deep navy. Accessorise with cushions, curtains and blinds in a nautical fabric, along with natural rugs in sisal and coir, for a scheme that’s effective but not over-the-top.

In your kitchen, try lining simple roll-up blinds with contrasting maritime prints for a really contemporary look. With white units and sea-blue tiles you can create a fresh look with timeless appeal.

Take your maritime fabric outside

Take your maritime fabric outside

A coastal garden theme can be great fun. Use nautical fabric to give deckchairs and seat cushions a quick style update, creating that holiday feel at home. If you have a summerhouse, similar fabrics will look great for curtains and blinds. And if you’re feeling thrifty, you can use the leftovers to make some lovely nautical bunting. Accessorise with shells and driftwood, then sit back and imagine you're on a beautiful sandy beach…

Mix and match maritime prints and textures

Mix and match maritime prints and textures

Whichever room you’re focusing on, mixing and matching prints and layering textures will add depth to your coastal chic scheme.

For a relaxed feel, mix a coastal themed fabric featuring seabirds, shells or yachts with a subtle stripe. Or for a bolder look, go for a wide blue and white stripe upholstery fabric on a statement piece. If you want to use an accent colour, red works very well.

To add texture, try adding rugs in natural fabrics, a vintage leather armchair and distressed wooden furniture. 

Create a simple, coastal-themed bathroom design

Create a simple, coastal-themed bathroom design

For a stylish nautical bathroom scheme, start with a white suite, simple white tiles, tongue and groove panelling and bleached wooden floorboards. Add a roman or roller blind in a blue and white stripe or a fun nautical fabric, and make a statement with a stylish driftwood mirror. Baskets of shells and plain blue and white towels will complete the look.

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