By Kerry Hale

How To Create a Nautical Bathroom Theme

  • Monday 20 February 2023
  • 4 minute read

If you love spending time by the sea, a nautical bathroom could help you achieve a calming and refreshing space that evokes the feeling of being near the ocean.

From natural materials to nautical motifs, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this theme into your design, no matter how bold or subtle you want it to be. Explore our top seaside bathroom ideas to help you get started.

Nautical bathroom décor ideas

Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom renovation or want to make a few small, budget-friendly changes to the interior, these are some of the best ways to create a nautical bathroom.

1. Neutral colour schemes

Blue might be the obvious choice for a nautical-inspired bathroom, but natural shades like white, cream, beige, grey and brown offer a more subtle take on this design. Pair neutral tiles, walls, flooring and soft furnishing with natural materials like wood, raffia and rope to mimic the earthy textures of the beach.

2. Add a feature wall

If you prefer a bold nautical bathroom, add a painted feature wall in blue or green to make it feel like you’re by the ocean. Alternatively, introduce more texture with a tiled feature wall in your chosen shade or wooden panelling reminiscent of British seaside huts.

Prefer warmer hues? Introduce coral or orange accents to the space as a nod to spectacular beach sunsets and vibrant sea life. Red also pairs well with blue and white for a more traditional nautical colour scheme.

3. Stripes

Blue and white stripes instantly conjure up images of sailors, while other colour combinations are reminiscent of beach towels, sun loungers and parasols. So, what better pattern to use in your nautical-themed bathroom? Whether you opt for a striped wallpaper or shower curtain for a stand-out look or add striped towels and bath mats, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this print into your bathroom.

4. Porthole-style mirrors

Mirrors are a must-have in any bathroom for practical and decorative purposes. Choose a round, porthole style to embrace the nautical theme. Alternatively, mirrors with a rope or raffia frame complement boho, beachy bathrooms.

5. Nautical-themed wall art

From painted seascapes to photographs, maps and memorabilia, add some nautical-inspired wall art to finish the design. If you have enough space, you could display a replica ship’s wheel, lighthouse, anchor or model boat on a windowsill or shelf.

6. Seaside-inspired bathroom accessories

For those who prefer a more pared-back nautical style, driftwood bathroom accessories are a subtle nod to the sea. Natural wooden accents are timeless, from bath trays and screens to shelving, towel rails, toilet roll holders, and pull-cord light switches. Learn more about the wonders of wood in bathrooms if you’re considering this material.

Compliment your driftwood accents by displaying replica shells and starfish on shelves or windowsills for an authentic seaside feel. Never use the real thing, though – leave them on the beach!

7. Sconce lighting

Sconce wall lighting will make you feel like you’re on a ship whenever you enter the bathroom. Choose black, brass or chrome sconce lights for a traditional naval look or opt for modern wall lights with glass or ceramic shades to diffuse light around the room.

8. Family-friendly nautical bathrooms

Bathtime toys like mermaids, dolphins, and fish can bring your nautical bathroom to life for little ones. Choose shower curtains, towels and bath mats with their favourite sea creatures to make bath time more fun. Discover more family bathroom ideas in our guide.

Once you’ve designed your perfect nautical bathroom, browse our range of shower products to ensure the space is both practical and enjoyable for everyone who uses it.

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