One perk of choosing a Maryland home is its proximity to the water. Situated on the East Coast and the Chesapeake Bay, many people choose to live in Maryland because of its maritime culture. Howard County is only a short drive away from the beautiful port town of historic Downtown Annapolis, where the Naval Academy is located. There are plenty of seafood dining establishments and great opportunities to go sailing. Don’t want to leave your Maryland home? Reflect the lackadaisical attitude of sailing with your home decor. Here are some nautical-inspired design tips for decorating to bring the Chesapeake Bay breeze to your Maryland home.
Choose Soothing Pastels
Try using a color palette found near the waterside. Lots of shades of blue and green, soft white, and sandy beige to really accentuate the natural look of your nautical Maryland home. Try white-colored wallpaper with a bit of a distressed wood look to make them look water-worn.
Sun-Bleached White Emulates the Beach
White is a great way to brighten up a room without the need for harsh artificial lighting. Use white antique furniture, vanities, couches; you name it to add to the bright, outdoorsy look of your indoor “sailboat.” Try using your natural light sources like windows or skylights for an added beachy effect!
Choose Natural Decor
There are hundreds of repurposed authentic nautical pieces you could incorporate into your Maryland home decor. Try some dried starfish or sand dollars, seashells, and even some driftwood for a cohesive summer vibe. Anchor motifs are also extremely popular. There are hundreds of antique anchor paperweights out there just waiting to be repurposed and added to your Maryland home. And consider sea shore and maritime themed choices for lighting fixtures as well.
Consider Shiplap for your Ceiling Design
Shiplap is a type of ceiling design that emulates wooden planks. Since wooden planks are often associated with old sailing boats, this is a perfect style to accompany a nautical home design. Plus, a unique ceiling pattern can really make a room stand out from others.
Earn Your Stripes
Back in the day, old sailors’ uniforms were typically adorned with blue horizontal stripes. Use this throwback in your nautical Maryland home decor by incorporating blue stripes where a pop of color is needed. Use a deep shade of blue to contrast against the other white and pastel colors of the room.
Make it Maryland!
We Marylanders love to show off our state pride as much as we can. Try adding some calls to various local landmarks in your Maryland home, like Ellicott City, Annapolis, Ocean City, or Baltimore. Now you’ll have some use for all those souvenirs you’ve collected over the years.
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