Nau­ti­cal-themed ac­ces­sories spruce up bath­room

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

IRECENTLY re­painted our main bath­room with a crisp navy and warm white pal­ette. This nau­ti­cal colour combo seems fit­ting for a bath­room, and with a few nauticalinspired ac­ces­sories, the bath­room is fresh and charm­ing.

Even in a small space, strong colour can look beau­ti­ful. White bath­room fixtures lend them­selves well to a strong wall colour such as navy blue.

When I hap­pened upon this kitchen pho­to­graph (cour­tesy of Moen) that had a sim­i­lar pal­ette, I knew my colour choice for our bath­room was rel­e­vant and cur­rent. A time­less clas­sic such as navy and white tran­scends fads and al­ways has a place in the decor. This lovely kitchen con­firms this con­cept.

Al­though the kitchen is large, there isn’t a lot of wall space. There are many items that break up the strong wall colour. The large tiled area over the range is a per­fect ex­am­ple. Then there is the lovely arched win­dow over the sink and banks of white cab­i­nets. Navy blue works best when bal­anced against white so the strong colour choice is per­fect for this par­tic­u­lar kitchen.

The nau­ti­cal style is on the ca­sual side but the colour combo can ap­pear cool and stark if you’re not care­ful. In our sam­ple kitchen, rich wooden floors and an is­land in a sim­i­lar fin­ish add warmth, which keeps this gor­geous room from feel­ing too aus­tere. Just like in a fine boat, rich wood fin­ishes add vis­ual tex­ture, a sense of his­tory and rich­ness to the space.

Al­though ul­tra-mod­ern, the stain­less steel side-by-side fridge fits right in. The newer, over­sized ap­pli­ances can some­times stick out like a sore thumb when retrofitting. Hav­ing the ap­pli­ances en­cased in the cab­i­net fin­ish makes them re­late to the rest of the kitchen as was done here. The cab­i­net hard­ware, faucet and ac­cent lanterns in a steel fin­ish make the space co­he­sive. Fun with ac­ces­sories With this style of decor, it’s easy to go over­board (pun in­tended) with nau­ti­cally in­spired ac­cents. Try to reel your­self in, as less is more in this case. Un­less you’re dec­o­rat­ing a room at your beach house and like a kitschy look, use items such as seashells, driftwood and river rocks in small doses through­out the room. Dis­play them in trendy con­tain­ers that speak to your per­sonal style, as was done so beau­ti­fully in this lovely kitchen.

Some other stylish op­tions might in­clude small, framed seashells in a shadowbox frame, vin­tage boat­ing items such as a worn boat oar, sea-in­spired art­work, boat repli­cas, framed nau­ti­cal maps, globes, a boater’s coxswain, a vin­tage com­pass, painted driftwood (paint­ing it pro­vides a con­tem­po­rary twist), a vin­tage fish­ing rod and fish bas­ket or a vin­tage tin ad­ver­tis­ing sign.

You can also in­clude other boat-in­spired items such as dock cleats as coat hooks. In our bath­room I chose to use a framed pho­to­graph we took of a Winnipeg Beach pier to adorn one wall. I en­larged the photo so it was size-ap­pro­pri­ate for the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Adding tex­ture and warmth through items such as wicker con­tain­ers and mats can also sup­port the nau­ti­cal theme. The open shelv­ing in this kitchen is chock­ablock with starfish, coral and cook­books, which are dis­played in large wicker con­tain­ers.

The fea­ture win­dow, which hap­pens to look onto the beach, has a lovely arched de­sign that was mim­icked on the far wall. This tech­nique adds tons of drama to what oth­er­wise would have been just a bank of white cab­i­nets. Not ev­ery­one has the bud­get for a project such as this, but you can in­clude arches through ac­ces­sories such as mir­rors in an arch shape, wall mu­rals or per­haps a faux arched win­dow (per­haps an old sal­vage find, for ex­am­ple) dis­played on the wall.

The choice in pen­dent lights is per­fect for this style of decor. The lights are sim­i­lar to boat light­ing and are large scale to fit the over­sized kitchen.

There is a per­fect bal­ance of white and punches of colour in this kitchen. As I’ve men­tioned be­fore, rich wall colour needs to be off­set with a light (usu­ally a white) colour in or­der to make is pop and to re­flect light through­out the room. Whether that white is from bath fixtures, dec­o­ra­tive trim, cab­i­nets or white wall ac­cents, it’s a nec­es­sary bal­ance.

Some­times, the clas­sic styles are a sim­ple and lovely choice. If the nau­ti­cal style seems ap­peal­ing to you, why not give it a try?

A time­less clas­sic such as navy and white tran­scends fads and al­ways has a place in the decor.

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