For most of us, our homes are our sanctuaries. After long days at work, we long to come home to a place where we can relax and unwind comfortably. We create these environments through furniture, lighting and home decor. Most Americans (44%) would describe the overall look of their homes traditional, followed by modern (22%), eclectic (13%), country (10%) and global (2%). But not everyone is happy with how their homes look. In fact, only one in five, or 20%, of Americans report feeling happy with their home decor, and 14% say it makes them feel downright gloomy.
It’s time to end this trend and refresh your home decor so your house truly can be your sanctuary. But with so many home decor styles out there, it can be difficult to choose the best look for your home, which is why so many resort to a “traditional” look. Still, this can be a mistake. Instead, step outside of your comfort zone for a refreshing, fun aesthetic like a nautical, pirate decor theme.
Think it sounds crazy? Think again. As of 2010, over 123 million people, or 39% of the U.S. population, lived in coastal shoreline cities–and for good reason. These locations provide some of the most beautiful scenery our nation has to offer. Whether you have a beach house or not, taking cues from these landscapes can be just the trick to make your home equally beautiful and enviable to your guests. Here’s how:
- Choose Interesting Nautical Items
- Don’t Go Overboard
- Have Fun With it
Coastal, pirate decor doesn’t have to come in the form of eye patches and buried treasure. Instead incorporate eye-catching, conversation pieces like a nautical clock or wall hanging made of drift board. These type of decor items will add coastal-inspired touches with an interesting twist that’s both pleasing to the eye and easy to execute.
Over delivering on the pirate decor theme can result in an overwhelming, chaotic scene. Trying to incorporate a multitude of nautical items, like life preservers, sand art, and sea shells, all together may end up looking messy and thrown together. Instead, choose more subtle influences.
The most important part of giving your home a coastal,”pirate”-inspired twist is having fun doing it. Most women (65%) and men (58%) report that they’d rather shop for home items, such as nautical decorations, than for shoes. And it’s no wonder–arranging your home can be fun for everyone involved. Take time to choose items that suit you and your family and will make you happy to go home to each night. Whether your style is coastal-inspired or not, make sure your home fits you and your tastes.