Your Guide to a Dreamy Nautical Bedroom

Create a soothing sanctuary with these beach-inspired decorating ideas.

Your bedroom should be a place you go to relax and unwind from your day, and nautical design style does just that. The laid-back look — coupled with soothing colors and natural materials — would make anyone feel at ease. Follow our tips below to stylishly bring a beach-inspired look to your bedroom.

Choose a Soothing Color Palette

Bedroom 2: Coastal Retreat in Gulf Stream, Fla.

Cottage Bedroom: Coastal Retreat in Gulf Stream, Fla.

This inviting bedroom, one of six total in the home, uses pale blue and white to create a soothing, romantic retreat. The remarkable four-poster bed combines with vintage elements like the chandelier. French doors welcome occupants out onto a scenic terrace.

Photo by: Premier Estate Properties, Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Premier Estate Properties, Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

A color palette of seafoam green, light blue and white sets a serene, romantic tone in this guest bedroom. Choose color tones that reflect the water and sand for a true beach look that's as relaxing as it is chic.

Let the Light In

Small Coastal Bedroom With Sheer White Curtains

Sheer White Curtains In Small Coastal Style Bedroom

A small coastal style bedroom boasts sheer white curtains and a basket full of accent pillows.

Sheer white, floor-to-ceiling curtains bring a light, airy feel to the bedroom. To add privacy without comprimising on style, designer Layla Palmer also hung bamboo Roman shades.

Incorporate Texture

Beach House Guest Room Renovation

Guest Bedroom, After

As seen on Beach Flip, contestants Martha and Alex installed a feature wood wall and updated furniture in the second floor guest bedroom at the renovated Comfort Breeze condo.

From: Beach Flip
and Guest Who's Coming?

Photo by: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Todd Douglas / Getty Images

Sand, driftwood and wildlife — the beach has a variety of textures. Bring that same textured look to your bedroom through natural materials and salvaged finds like in this bedroom featured on HGTV's Beach Flip.

Decorate With Beach-Inspired Patterns

Neutral Bedroom With White Bedding and Mint Green Nightstands

Traditional Neutral Bedroom With Beautiful White Bed

Pops of sea foam green and beachy, coral-patterned pillows infuse this traditional bedroom with coastal style. Neutral sisal flooring and white furnishings ensure the space is a soothing escape for its occupants.

From: Denise Fogarty

Photo by: Alise OBrien

Alise OBrien

Bring in patterns like coral, seashells and botanical prints through bedding, artwork and other furnishings. Here, designer Denise Fogarty added a pop color through coral-patterned bed pillows in this elegant coastal-style bedroom.

Display Collectibles

Coastal Bedroom With Oars

Coastal Bedroom With Oars

An X made of oars is a fun visual focal point in this Cape Cod-meets-the-West Indies bedroom. Rattan headboards and the wallpaper's graphic print add to the yummy layers of texture.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

Hang items from your past beach trips above the bed for a collected-over-time look.

Shiplap It

Gray Coastal Bedroom With White Linens and Shiplap Ceiling

Peaceful, Gray Master Bedroom With Coastal Design

A soft gray and white color palette creates a serene master bedroom design that makes it easy to relax and unwind. Crisp, white linens cover the bed, inviting you to lay back and get comfy. A white shiplap ceiling and coastal wall art complement the beach setting.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

If you're considering an accent wall or ceiling, install shiplap for a refreshing, laidback look. Chango & Co. added shiplap on the ceiling in this bedroom to brighten up the space.

Don't Forget Stripes

Blue Cottage Bedroom

Pastel Blue Walls in Cottage Bedroom With White Bed With Blue Linen Accents, Blue and White Striped Chair and Light Wood Furniture

White bed linens with blue embellishments cover the decorative white bed frame. A blue and white striped chair highlights a bolder shade of blue to the color scheme. Pastel blue walls and light wood furniture finishes keep the room light and airy.

Photo by: G CRAWFORD


Decorating with stripes is a staple in nautical design. Display the pattern in big doses like an accent wall, or add a more subtle accent with small furniture pieces like Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design did in this serene space.

Create a Private Sanctuary

White Bedroom With Black Metal Canopy Bed and White Bedding

Dreamy Canopy Bed in Clean, Fresh Master Bedroom

Breezy and bright, this soothing master bedroom is the ultimate retreat. Sheer linens adorn a clean-lined canopy bed to create a dreamy place to rest your head, and a crisp white comforter completes the clean, fresh look.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Hang sheer white linens from a four-poster bed for a look that's as romantic as it is crisp and clean. The designers at Blackband Design flanked the bed with matching seagrass chairs to add visual interest.

Make Room for a Nook

Silver Contemporary Chair

Contemporary Silver Chair in Bedroom With Coastal Rope Stand Lamp and Blue and White Striped Rug

This silver chair adds a bold element to the fresh, bright design of this bedroom. Natural light from the windows highlights the metallic color of the chair and the metal finish of the bed frame. A unique rope based floor lamp over a striped blue and white bring brings a nautical, coastal vibe to the room. The stool adds an extra touch of color and easy storage.

Photo by: G CRAWFORD


Whether it's a sleeping or sitting nook, nothing says "relaxed beach vibes" like a spot for napping or reading. Design by Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design.

Keep It Natural

Coastal White Master Bedroom With Blue-Green Loveseat and Canopy Bed

Coastal Bedroom Features Lovely Seating Area

A charming loveseat in a soft blue-green hue pairs with a small white table to create a cozy seating area in this serene master bedroom. A sisal area rug grounds the space underfoot, and exposed wood ceiling beams add a rustic touch overhead.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Incorporate as many natural elements as you can, and that includes underfoot. Here, designers at Blackband Design placed a jute rug underneath the bed and sitting area.

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