Everyone loves a vacation, especially during the darkest of winter days or the hottest of summer afternoons. But if you can’t go to the beach, you can bring the vacation to you with some nautical rugs, beach-themed rooms, and lights to help create the tropical vibe you crave. Nautical rugs bring a splash of whimsy and salty air to your home no matter what the season may be.
These creative designs can fit in a child’s room with orca whales on the wallpaper, a bathroom where you bathe your pets every night after they come in from their walks, or your living room with white furniture and bright pillows that make you feel like you’re in a beach house with a screened-in porch.
Bring the waves of the sea with an ocean-themed rug to your front door where guests can sail into other parts of the house. If you’re feeling a little seasick, find an anchor near the dining room table and enjoy the firm ground.
Bring the Aquarium Home with Nautical Rugs
The siren sound of the sea means shells, starfish, seahorses, and giant squid. Ocean rugs can set the mood. Play in a coral reef of your own making or design your room around an impressive display of your pet tropical fish. In a children’s room, your little Captain Ahab can fight Moby Dick–or the giant octopus on the rug he plays on after school. In the bedroom, let the school of goldfish on your ocean-themed rug fill your dreams as you count them to go to sleep.
These rugs can be as colorful as the coral reefs in the Pacific or deep navy blue like the ocean itself. Rugs like this Blue Molly Octopus Washable Area Rug bring golden tones as well. The ocean may be many shades of blue, but sea animals come in bright colors like orange, pink coral, pearl white, and the many colors found in rainbow fish.
Get Ready for Sun and Sand
If you prefer to plan getaways to the Outer Banks or the beaches around San Diego, you may miss the warm sand and sunning yourself on beach towels. Stripes that evoke those found on swimsuits and hot dog stands can be found in all kinds of rugs. You can bring them into your home, whether you live on the beach yourself or if you live in a landlocked area pelted by ice and snow for four months out of the year.
In a way, beach towels can look like outdoor rugs. Imitate their look and patterns by laying out ocean rugs like this Blue Symbols Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug in your living room. Neutral gray and brown colors can even imitate the look of sand between your toes, like this Brown Striated Bordered Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug. Bring a rocking chair and put up some bright blue curtains to block out the cold outside. You’ll forget all about the howling winds outside while you enjoy the piece of the beach you’ve brought home.
Hoist the Sails with a Nautical Rug
If your children prefer to be pirates in the playroom, or if you collect ships in a bottle, a sailor’s life and decor might be for you. You can still find a few subtle ways to bring anchors and sails into your home. Flatweave rugs and rugs made from natural fibers like jute and cotton can look like sails and rope that would be used on a boat. Bring in some baskets to match the look and put a few decorative glass bottles on the table or the fireplace.
Rugs like this Taupe Flatwoven Jute Treasure Area Rug found at Rugs USA look like a treasure map without overwhelming a room.
Discover a Striped Nautical Rug for All Seasons
Stripes play a key role in beach and ocean design. Seas of stripes can make the floor look like waves, or remind you of a beach umbrella or a sailor’s outfit. Some of these striped rugs include:
Chevron Rugs: Chunky chevron stripes on an ocean-themed rug can bring their simple flair to a nautical room. These chevron rugs can help highlight gorgeous, vibrant colors in the rest of room. White stripes paired with another color from a nautical theme, like red or blue, bring a subtle dash of the sea.
Regency Striped Rugs: These regency stripes look like candy sold at an old-fashioned candy store on the boardwalk or awnings from your favorite beach hot dog stand.
Herringbone Rugs: A herringbone rug can come in multiple shades of the same color, or varying colors, to imitate different colors of sand, waves in the sea, or the kinds of grass that grow on a beach. If you prefer rockier beaches, a gray herringbone rug can mimic the colors of stone you want to see on your vacation.
Pinstripe Rugs: Pinstripe rugs bring super thin lines that look like the lines and ropes that go on a mast. They also can remind you of shirts and swimsuits that you would wear to go swimming in the sea.
Bring the Sea to Your Home with a Nautical Rug
Whether you like aquariums, boats, or the beach, nautical rugs can help you bring a taste of the vacation you miss to your home (without going overboard!) Rugs USA has a whole slew of nautical and ocean rugs to bring into your home, coming in all shapes and textures.