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Using Nautical Fabric to Create a Beach Themed Interior

As soon as the sun comes out everyone wants to be beside the seaside, but that isn’t always possible for many of us. So instead we can bring a more nautical vibe to your home by adding a few key features, whether it be the obvious stripe or a simple beach colour palette.  But we are also going to look at some more unusual ways of using nautical fabric to create a seaside vibe with a beach themed interior.  

Key Elements for a Beach Themed Interior

  • Use warm fabrics - If you look up nautical interiors you will find many images of living spaces with many cosy throws perfect for keeping out that cold draft that sometimes comes from living near the sea. We thought that the perfect thing to make a cosy throw from but is still in keeping with the colour palette might be our old favourite cream bouclé possibly contrasted with navy blue bouclé.

 

cream boucle fabric    Navy blue boucle fabric

Cream and Navy bouclé fabric

 

  • Use Nautical Stripes

But also a key part of a nautical interior is the humble stripe and you could make a nod to that by adding a contrast binding in maybe a navy and then on either end a simple red Pom Pom Trim. Our bouclé is 140cm wide and realistically you’d want a rectangular thrown so you’d need around 2 metres (4units), and then all you need to do is add the Pom Pom Trim to the shorter width. 

 

denim blue and cream stripe furnishing fabric    Red Pom Pom trip

Denim blue and cream narrow stripe and red pom-pom trim

 

  • Use indigo blue - You may have noticed that we at Fabrics Galore love a blue, (it was even the answer to one of the questions in our social media quiz recently) but we are especially fans of Indigo. Indigo blue comes in various forms as it is the basis of classic denim blue, but it’s also used in some of our Batik prints too. Denim is a great cloth to bring into interiors (cotton Panama is a similar weight) and it would make some great cushions to add a shock of indigo to any beach themed room. 

Denim fabric for a beach themed interior

 

  • Inject a bit of Tie-Dye - But if a plain isn’t gonna work with the space you are looking to make more seaside, how about tie dye soft furnishing? These tie dye fabrics are an almost soft geometric making them perfect for a blind or curtain as they have a slight stripe to them. But would also complement other seaside interior trends like driftwood or coral. 

 

Blue tie dye furnishing fabric    Scion indigo blue tie dye fabric

Scion Home Furnishing Blue Tie-Dye Fabrics

 

Because of the texture in the both the print and the pattern of this cloth it would also work well layered up with various other prints in a collection of cushions to add warmth and comfort to any beach themed living room. 

  • Use one or two colours - Classically, the colours of the seaside are blue, white and maybe a hint of red. But what about adding some bright yellow (like the fisherman’s famous waterproofs) to make it sunny even on a dull day? But if these aren’t really your vibe how about going down the beach hut route and thinking about adding some pastels or ice cream colours like pinks and greens all against a background of white. 
  • Use Ice-cream pastels - But as we have said already,  if you aren’t into blue that doesn’t mean this trend isn’t for you, a seaside vibe doesn’t have to be the coastal blue and white. It can be ice cream or pastel tones like pale pinks, greens and yellow maybe with a slightly brighter red to make it all pop. If you are struggling with what we mean, this Cath Kidston stripe sums it up perfectly. 

 

Cath Kidston stripe fabric

Cath Kidston Mid Stripe Candy

 

 

Beach House Décor

We would all like a beach house, like they appear in sitcoms like Grace and Frankie or even films like Something has Got to Give with white painted floor boards, and beautiful natural wood with some splashes of colour, maybe a pop of deep green or as we have said, indigo blue. But sometimes we have to remember that we don’t live anywhere near the sea, and we aren’t Jane Fonda or Diane Keaton (which is upsetting on a daily basis). And so we have to turn to how to create the vibe on a budget and with the tweaking of what we have already….

  • Add nautical stripe fabric e.g. a striped throw for your sofa or your bed - As previously mentioned stripes are a key part of a nautical beach vibe but it doesn’t have to be the very obvious deck chair type. How about creating a quilt with a few feature shades in a stripe design? Then you can incorporate some pattern into the design too, all while keeping the seaside theme. Or like a bouclé idea, you could add various coloured trims on a natural background to make a simple yet chic striped throw for the end of your bed or the back of sofa.   
  • Make slipcovers for sofas, chairs and cushions in a linen to achieve a relaxed vibe - If the neutral paired back look is what you had in mind for your seaside escape to the living room. How about making some simple, slightly rustic sofa covers from a slubby linen with a slightly looser fix to match the relaxed vibe.

Loomstate linen furnishing fabric

Loomstate linen natural home furnishing fabric 

 

Our Elizabeth Linen would work perfectly against a background of white and driftwood while adding in a slightly different texture but keeping to the colour scheme. 

  • When creating a neutral space, you need to do something to stop it looking dull and too neutral - this can be done in various ways maybe by adding some bright table legs to a wooden table or by throwing in some coloured scatter cushions. Or by adding a well chosen novelty print lampshade in a living room or maybe an apron hanging on the back of a door. If this appeals to you, you need to see our two best selling novelty nautical prints.

Lobster print cotton fabric    fish print furnishing fabric

Linen Look She's Your Lobster and Cotton Panama Happy Plaice

 

 Both of these fun prints would also make great beach bags too, but they would brighten up any neutral room to keep things humorous if nothing else. 

 

Outdoor Nautical Spaces

Nautical spaces are especially perfect for right now as we enter into the warmer months of the year, as they bring to mind summer holidays and sunny days eating ice cream. So really the perfect space to bring a nautical moment too is the garden or even just a patio. This can be done in various ways and we were thinking the best ways would be via bunting and your outdoor furniture. 

  • Bunting - This is always useful and is sustainable as it can be used over and over again, and even better if it rains it can simply be brought inside. In our bunting collection we have fabrics for all occasions but we thought for a classic seaside vibe you need to bring in some red polka dot spot, even if it is just because it reminds us of Fishermans' neck a chiefs…

Red Polka Dot fabric

Large Polka Dot Cotton Red

 

  • Outdoor Seating - We were very excited about the new outdoor fabrics we have in recently; they are perfect for any nautical theme as they come in various stripes and in the perfect colour palette of blues, green and neutrals. They slightly remind us of deck chairs and nothing says the seaside like a deck chair…

Terracotta stripe outdoor fabric    Green striped outdoor fabric

Striped Outdoor Fabrics

 

Children’s Rooms with a Seaside Theme

  • The last thing we must mention on the topic of a nautical is this linen look fabric printed with super cute whales. It is calling out to be made into a great children’s blind. The directional pattern means it would look super chic and would add a pop of fun to any child’s room and again because of the directional pattern, it would work brilliantly with a border or maybe a stripe or denim. 

Whale Print Curtain Fabric

Whales Nautical Furnishing Fabric

 

Browse Our Huge Range of Nautical Fabric

Whether you want the relaxed neutral beach vibe or a more playful nautical look to create your beach themed interior, you can find the perfect nautical fabric at Fabrics Galore London online. 

 

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