Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ship Shape

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ship Shape

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The nautical look is one that is constantly in and out of both our wardrobes and our homes, and remains a true fashion and interior classic. Its fresh style is one that we can (hopefully) associate with the not-too-distant-spring, and will take us well into the summer months and beyond.

Blue, white and red are the classic colours here ( though blue is used loosely as there are so many different shades that can be used. If you don't like bright intense interiors, opt for barely there grey, greens and duck egg variants. If the general state of your walls could be better you can hide a multitude of plastering sins with some simple tongue and groove board to extend from skirting board to dado rail level around your walls. A lick of paint can then be applied to good effect.

This look works great against exposed floorboards, so if you have this feature then make the most of it ( get them sanded and varnished or alternatively take a look at what's available on the market for new boarding. It's best to opt for wooden board rather than laminates, and even if they're not perfect there are many floor paints available now that will cover blemishes and poor colour.

Your typical beach home is unlikely to have everything matching perfectly, so if you are a lover of old, mismatching furniture then the nautical look is definitely one for you.

By using a varied range you are on the fast track to getting the seaside home of your dreams. Pieces of furniture collected over the years, which may be tucked away in the attic, should be given a new lease of life and restored. Simple white wood pieces, wrought iron pieces, loom chairs and big, comfy sofas all act as great centrepieces around which to begin styling your home.

Everything ship-shape and fuss free is the look we are aiming for, so begin dressing windows with simple curtains or blinds in either a plain calico canvas or simple stripe ( a great space enhancing format which has the added benefit of making the room look effortlessly stylish. …

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