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Create a stylish and dramatic bathroom with a sophisticated nautical theme in 4 easy steps.
The main feature of this nautical bathroom design is the impact of the navy cabinets and the contrast with the cabinet hardware. If you want to keep your cabinetry light or white, create a similar look by painting the walls navy and having light and bright wall lights to make a big impact.
1. Deep blue cabinets
If you want a Nautical bathroom design, this navy and brass or nickel combination is a simple way to achieve it without going overboard (HAH!)
This design works well with transitional, modern, or traditional details, as long as you keep the contrast and key details, like the lighting, that are reminiscent of the sea.
Pick flat cabinet fronts for modern (consider frameless), shaker cabinets for transitional, and raised panel cabinets for a traditional look.
You can paint your cabinets, but the finish will never be as good as a factory finish. Look for a brand that comes with the shade you want (hint: Ultracraft’s Blue Ash is based on Hale Navy), or go with a custom color match.
2. Bright, contrasting hardware
Use cabinet pulls or drawer knobs to create contrast in this nautical themed bathroom design.
This look works so well for a nautical theme because it’s reminiscent of a Naval officer’s pea coat - the deep navy blue wool with bright polished gold or brass buttons.
Add some stripes to represent the famous Breton top that Chanel made so famous, and you don’t need any rope details or shiplap to convey a nautical feel to your bathroom design. But you can add them just for fun!
This is a subtly nautical look. Use decor to punch things up a bit.
3. Marine-inspired light
You have several options here. A lantern style works well, as does a cage light. You can feel free to use actual outdoor lights (this one is great for the budget concious) but do remember that bathroom sconces usually need to be rather narrow to work.
Pick any metal color that works with the rest of your scheme - you can match the color of the drawer pulls or not, as you wish.
4. Neutral, foggy wall color
I like a muted greige that reminds one of a foggy day on the water, but you can choose anything from a cool (gray) to a warm (beige/tan) tone, as long as it’s a neutral.
Always remember that paint colors will never look the same in your space as they do online. Invest in a paintbrush and a few samples before you commit.
SHOP THE STYLES:
1. SCONCE: Restoration Hardware Small Starboard Sconce ($339) PULL: Martha Stewart Living Awning 3” Bedford Cup Pull ($4.49) WALL COLOR: Pratt and Lambert Zephyr Hills (#d7d4cc) CABINET COLOR: BM Hale Navy (#444c57)
TILE (both from Floor & Decor): Festival Metro White Matte Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic ($2.49/SF) Volakas Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic ($12.99/SF)