A nautical rug can give a room that salty seaside feeling of living on the coast by the sea, or it can complement your beach house furnishings with a whimsical beach theme, that makes your cottage fun!
Living by the sea (or dreaming of living on the coast) gives you lots of opportunities to decorate. And you can have whimsical beach kind of theme—or a lighthouse theme, or even a salty old sailor theme. You are limited only by your imagination!
What do you love most about the ocean or the river? Often we can mirror what we see outside, in our decorating.
A nautical area rug can have motifs of seaside creatures, weathered pilings, ships, sailors, lighthouses, or sand dunes, and it can make your home feel like it is part of the coast.
Furnish your cozy beach cottage or cabin with a nautical theme rug that reflects the things you love…
Nautical Theme Rugs
Nautical theme rugs come in a variety of colors and they have a number of different motifs. A nautical rug can bring depth to your oceanside theme and they can add color to an otherwise drab room.
Nautical rugs bring to mind sandy beaches, lighthouses, yachts at the harbor, the sweet smell of marshes, salty looking old sailors, yummy seafood dinners and weathered pilings and buildings by the shore.
Your nautical area rugs can reflect those things in your beach cottage. Choose motifs that reflect what you love most, in your beach house decorating. Make your cottage reflect you and your family.
One way to decorate is to choose a special rug to serve as the focal point of your room. Then, you can choose nautical accessories that complement your rug and its theme.
Popular Themes for Nautical Cabin Rugs
Nautical rugs play a central role in establishing the mood of your beach cabin or your coastal post and beam house.
There are many different choices that you can use to carry out your nautical theme décor. Here are a few of the most popular:
- Boats and ships
- Anchors, lines (ropes) and ship’s wheels (steering wheels)
- Sea birds
- Seashells and sea animals
- Dolphins, sharks and fish
- Sandy beaches
- Fishing nets and fishing equipment
- Old salty sailors
- Crabs and clams
- Boat docks
And I’m sure that you can think of more! Choose motifs that you like and that remind you of the good times that you’ve had—or pleasant things that you’ve seen. Then look for a nautical rug that has those motifs or your favorite colors in it.
Choose wall décor, window furnishings, table décor and lamps and other decorative pieces to carry out your theme.
Do this, and you’ll end up with a room that is totally you! And you and your family will enjoy it for years to come…
Lighthouse Rugs awaken Memories
A lighthouse rug can brighten your beach house décor., Even if you don’t have a house at the beach, it can take you there, mentally.
Imagine you are at the ocean. You hear the waves against the beach. The sounds of a ship’s horn in the distance. And you see a lighthouse off to the side, warning ships of the rocky coastline.
Lighthouses send out beacons of light, and they guide us to safety, whether in a storm or just in darkness.
Using motifs and patterns in a light house rug that reminds you of vacations and fun-filled trips to the ocean, can get you to dreaming–and planning your next trip to the beach!
Light Houses are Symbolic
Light houses traditionally were used to mark dangerous coastlines, shoals, sand bars, rocks, coral reefs and dangerously shallow water. They were used to guide mariners into safe harbors.
Even airplanes have used light houses to navigate safely into airports near the coast.
And over the years, a lighthouse has become symbolic for many people. Here are some of their subtler meanings:
- Overcoming challenges and adversity
- Encouragement or helping one to find one’s way–a way out of trouble
- Moving forward in life, after problems or adversity
- Symbolic of salvation and safety, God’s protection
- Symbolically, the idea that calm waters and a safe harbor are near
Lighthouses symbolize a guide or beacon to those struggling or trying to find their way.
Beach Decor Rugs
Beach decor rugs need to be easy-care, in addition to supporting the nautical theme of your beach house.
Make sure your nautical rugs can stand up to sandy feet and salt water, so they will continue to look nice after months of use.
Beach house cabin rugs should be casual, to reflect your lifestyle at the shore. They will take a beating, but that’s all part of living near the beach.
When you choose your beach decor rugs, choose sturdy nautical rugs that will blend in nicely with your beach house decor and rugs that can be washed or spot cleaned, when they need it…
Why do you love living in or going to your beach house? Is it the beach, the splashing of the waves on the shore? How about gathering sea shells or strolling ankle deep in the water early in the morning?
Beach decor rugs should reflect the things you love about your beach house.
Do you like to go fishing? Or maybe it’s fun just to watch someone else fish. And I’ll bet there is at least one food that you love to eat when you’re there!
Choose cottage décor items, like beach decor rugs, that reflect your tastes and what you like to do.
Let your home express your interests and reinforce your love for the seashore.