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Nautical dining decor

If you do like to be beside the seaside then you can capture the look of summer all year round with a seaside themed dining room. Create your own coastal haven with beachy tones, weathered woods and punchy deckchair stripes.

There is a wonderful colour palette to choose from - capture the depths of the sea on your walls with Mediterranean blues and tropical aquamarines, while counterbalancing these with sandy tones of taupe, beige and cream. Try whitewashing your woodwork for the perfect 'weathered' look.

To prevent the look from becoming too bland, add punch to your scheme with deckchair fabrics in classic red and white, or navy and white stripes.  These work well for curtains but for more subtle touches try cushions and throws - either way, they will perfectly compliment the cooler tones on your walls.

A stripped back, untreated dining table is the perfect centrepiece for your maritime dining room.  Soften the look with a runner in sea blue down the middle, scattered with shells and an arrangement of storm lanterns or tea lights to create a warm glow for evening suppers. Fisherman's rope can be put to good use wrapped around a chandelier or tied to the backs of your chairs.  Match in your crockery to your scheme with blue and white handled crockery and frosty glassware to complete your table decoration.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your dining room, it is the perfect frame for seaside treasures.  Decorate the mantleshelf with pretty shells and pieces of coral and display larger finds such as driftwood in the hearth.

Think outside the box for nautical accessories to complement your theme - a fisherman's chest, porthole mirrors, lobster pots turned into storage and even an aquarium in a forgotten corner will take the look to the next level.

Dining table (see above)Give your dining room an oh-so-stylish summery feel all year round. It really doesn't take much time at all - simply update tired walls with a fresh lick of paint and revamp furniture to give it new life.
Try sanding an old table down and repainting it or covering it with a new tablecloth. Finish with carefully picked accessories for a harmonious purse-friendly makeover. The wooden table and chairs really warm up the cool white and blue scheme.

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