Quick item of business: Sign up for our new Weekly Digest email to receive just one (1!) email per week with all of our posts, plus the DIYs you need to see from all around the blogosphere, beginning in July. (You can also sign up for the Daily DIY to get each day’s post(s) in your inbox, and our 2x monthly newsletter, so you’ve got options!) Sign up here. Thanks for following!
Aren’t they beautiful? I love how each space feels nautical, but none of them are ‘theme’ rooms, ya know? It’s so much more inviting and cozy that way. They also all incorporate texture and a bit of rustic charm in just the right dose. With all that inspiration in mind, I came up with my own teen boy space:
For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links, which allow us to continue providing you lots of decorating and DIY ideas at no cost to you. Learn more here.
See sources for this mood board
and similar products here.
For my space, I really wanted to keep in mind that this is a room for a boy in between a grown up and a little kid. I wanted to mix in elements of both, keeping it fun, but certainly not childish. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking to pull off a similar style:
• Be bold, but not loud. By this I mean, that in this room, I definitely wanted it to read nautical, but not annoyingly so. To make sure it came across in the right dose, I incorporated some elements, like the two large framed ship paintings or the anchor pillow, that are unmistakably and literally ocean themed. However for most other elements in the room, I stuck to pieces that were more subtle. I looked for items that are reminiscent of what you might expect to find in a beach house, or on an old ship (like a mirror wrapped in rope, that also resembles a porthole).
• Mix neutrals with deep rich color. I feel like one of the biggest keys to pulling off this look is the color palette. It’s hard to pull off nautical without blue and red in the mix, but a lot of more childish nautical spaces tend toward bright, vivid reds and blues. To keep things a little more mature, I stuck with various neutral shades— creams, tans, golds, and browns, and mixed in deep, slightly muted colors. The more toned down color palette has a slightly worn, faded-over-time look to it. I collected pieces that make me picture a ships cabin or a weathered seaside cottage. One of my favorites is that side table that looks like it was carved out of driftwood!
• Keep things masculine, but fun. This is another tricky mix. To get the right balance, I used several rustic pieces with dark metal elements (like the light fixture, desk, lamp, and stool), and mixed those very masculine pieces with a few more fun ones (like the colorful pendants, the variety of pillows, and the anchor artwork). It’s all about balance!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this rustic and watery mood board today. If you would like to see more of my mood board posts, you can view them all here. You can also visit me at my blog, Designing Dawn, or on the social medias (links below in my bio). Thanks again to the Remodelaholic team for having me back. See you next month with more decoration inspiration!
See more from Dawn: