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Nautical Chic Guest Bedroom Decor

Navigating Nautical Chic: Using Blue and White to Create the Perfect Vintage Coastal Vibe

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the gentle lull of waves crashing on the shore while sunlight dances along the wall with the scent of saltwater permeating the room. If you think a dream vacation is the only way to get this experience, have we got something exciting for you! 

If you’re looking to give guests a restful retreat, there is no better haven than a guest room that brings this dream experience to life.  So, grab your seafaring compass and set sail for a guest room transformation with our handy navigation guide:

Charting the Course: Choosing Your Colors

A nautical chic space is all about capturing the soul of the sea, and while the color inspiration is endless, we are inspired by the look of a washed navy paired with soft, warm whites. This inviting, vintage spin on the classic navy and white combo is sure to delight.

Finding just the right shade of blue for this look is key, and we recommend starting with paint colors to steer the space. Here are a few of our favorite shades to achieve this look:


Sherwin Williams Rainstorm (SW 6230), Tempe Star (SW 6229), or Waterloo (SW 9141)

Benjamin Moore Westcott Navy (1624), New Province Navy (1651), Vermont Slate (1673)

Warm Whites:

Sherwin Williams: Egret White (SW 7570), Shoji White (SW 7042), or Oyster White (SW 7637)

Benjamin Moore: White River (1499), Going to the Chapel (1527), or Olympic Mountains (971)

As always – don’t be afraid to get samples and test them. Colors tend to read differently depending on the natural and artificial light in your space – and can even change at different times of day.

Anchoring the Space: Furniture and Bedding

To really let the details shine, we recommend crisp and classic silhouettes for your furniture. Think clean lines and soft, white-washed wood tones that will amplify that vintage vibe. Use your bedding strategically to add textural layers in the space. A classic sheet set with a textured blue throw tossed over a duvet cover with subtle pattern feels just right. Lastly, add in a few cozy throw pillows for just the right amount of comfort. 

Furniture should be substantial to ground the space – Birch Lane’s Clove Platform Bed in driftwood gray is a great place to start and has a coordinated collection of night stands and dressers to keep the foundation of the space simple and sleek.

Clove Solid Wood Platform Bed
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Boll & Branch’s’ Signature Sheet Set is a classic (and one of our favorites!) and while we’re pulling in warm whites throughout the space – nothing else feels quite as luxurious as a set of crisp white sheets. The Hawthorn Coverlet is a twist with repeating floral motifs that has us dreaming of seaside bouquets – though if you like a simpler look, the Lodi Sand Matelasse is a great alternative. Top either off with the Cashe Latitude Blanket and you’ve got yourself a cozy retreat!

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Cashe Latitude Run® 100% Cotton Blanket

For pillows, Crate and Barrel has found just the right shade in their latest collection. Try combining the BiellaAmalfi, and Biella Sphere for the perfectly layered look.

Biella Wool-Cotton Blend Textured 24"x16" Deep Indigo Blue Throw Pillow Cover (Open Larger View)
Amalfi Cotton Linen Scallop Edge 23''x23" Deep Indigo Blue Throw Pillow Cover (Open Larger View)
Biella Wool-Cotton Blend Textured Sphere 12"x12" Arctic Ivory Throw Pillow (Open Larger View)

Treasures from the Deep: Accessories and Personal Touches 

Once you have the bigger items and the basics down – it’s time to have some fun and really make the space your own. There are a lot of ways to do this, whether it be artwork, lighting, or some special personal finds from your own adventures. 

However, you choose to go, have fun with it! Look for details of rope, metals, washed wood, and glass to really amp up the aesthetic. We’ve gathered some of our favorite finds and ideas to help you along the right course. 

Lighting the Way: nautical-inspired lighting can add ambiance in more ways than one. 

Table lamps are the most practical solution, these Southern Ocean Swirl lamps bring in a soft reflection with a blend of beautiful blues.  For a more classic solution – we seem to always find something we like at CB2, like the Algarve Lamp.

If you’re looking for something more signature and have the budget for some electrical work –the Coastal Tide wall sconces from Belle Escape on each side of the bed might be a great alternative. 

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Personalized Moments: Give your guests something to really appreciate by integrating moments from your favorite places into the room, making it like no other. 

For a feature art piece above the bed, we always love something with a backstory. Integrating art with the coordinates of your home or your favorite destination is a great way to do this. Off the Square Design creates custom order pieces that would be a perfect solution. If you want something more unexpected and have the ceiling height – this metal, custom cut coordinates wall art by Trilogy Gifts would be a lovely addition to any space.

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Classic art like these hand-painted seascapes are always a great piece to integrate in your space – we love the options we’ve found at Etsy because they truly are one of a kind. Check out Ran Abstract PaintingUSpaceArt, and Artful Easev for some inspiring options. As an extra touch – provide them with the paint color you’re using and ask to have it color matched into parts of the art!

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As any lover of the sea would have, don’t be afraid to bring in mementos from your adventures! There are lots of ways to display them, on floating shelves, in hanging baskets, or on vintage trays on the dresser and nightstands. They add a lot of texture and depth that people can resist interacting with. Check out this Printers Tray or some glass jewelry boxes and the other options over at Completely Coastal for more inspiration!

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How to Decorate with Seashell Collections

Enhance the nautical theme with woven baskets with extra blankets, a weathered globe, fishing floats, or vintage maps.

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Fishing Floatsv by Nautical Place

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Custom Maps by The Barbarian Ave

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Woven Baskets by West Elm

To activate all the senses, try out the Hatch Restore sound machine for those crashing waves with an integrated sunrise alarm and tucking the ScentAir Diffuser discreetly in the corner to let Ocean Scent permeate the room.

Remember, nautical chic isn’t about following strict rules – embrace your own creativity! With a little planning and imagination, you can transform your guest bedroom into a calming oasis, giving your guests an experience to remember. 

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