15 nautical bathroom decorating ideas that channel the sea

Caleb Collins

Would you like to give your bathroom a nautical makeover that isn’t too kitschy, over the top or clichéd? Luckily for you, we have a wealth of ideas on how to expertly add nautical vibes to your powder room or WC to create a cool and tranquil sanctuary. From showcasing the brilliant colors of the sea (blue and white palette, we’re looking at you!) with tiles to accentuating its curved shape with mirrors and other decorative touches, keep scrolling for ways to bring the spirit of the sea into your bathroom bring –without go overboard.

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Blue arabesque tiles paired with a coral-inspired mirror create a stylish tribute to the sea in this Kim Armstrong-designed powder room. “I used a light gray grout because I wanted the shape of the tile to stand out,” she shares.

This light-filled bathroom by Alexandra Angle was the perfect place to showcase the homeowner’s extensive collection of ship paintings.

In a nod to her Camp Counselor Days, designer Leanne Ford cut up an old Hobie sail to use as a shower curtain. “I just think it’s the most stunning warm white,” she enthuses. “And we all know it’s waterproof!”

Wall-to-wall green zellige tiles give this asymmetric bathroom by Romanek Design Studio a relaxed coastal look.

Playful beach bath wallpaper by Hovia paired with an antique ship’s wheel mirror “adds a whimsical and unexpected touch to this kid’s bathroom,” says Los Angeles-based designer Stefani Stein.

Turquoise Moroccan tiles by Diona Marble add a fun pop of color to this California bungalow bathroom by Jeff Andrews. “We wanted the same palette to flow through the house and make it look cool but not over-designed,” says the designer.

Marble wallpaper by Robert Crowder & Co. and a vintage mirror by Egon Hillebrand breathe new life into this ocean-inspired powder room by Boston-based designer Nina Farmer, whose paneling is painted with Farrow & Ball Plummet.

A navy and white striped shower curtain and other blue accents add a playful, nautical feel to this bathroom by JL Design.

Striking azure tiles liven up the bathroom of designer Justina Blakeney’s jewel-toned Jungalow, which touts a recessed alcove with a chic vintage mirror.

The hexagonal tiles on the floor combined with the white square subway tiles on the walls of this bathroom “give the perfect beachy, retro camp look,” says designer Eddie Maestri. “The Anchor Floating Shower Curtain feels modern and casual.”

This crisp white bathroom by Erin Gates features subtle sea-inspired touches, including a coral-inspired mirror and nautical art.

In this powder room (tucked away in a Maine waterfront home) by Tyler Karu, “the coastal nod comes in the form of Schumacher wallpaper with a slightly light-hearted take on a rope and shell motif,” he notes. “We moved away from an obvious blue and white scheme and focused on a tonal gray palette.” Meanwhile, the Cerused finish on the vanity is intentionally reminiscent of tumbled driftwood.

“Inspired by summers in East Hampton, this fresh powder room captures all of the simplicity and effortless details of my client’s summer home,” says designer Chad Dorsey. “The Waterworks pale blue bathroom tile really makes room.”

Instead of using wallpaper, Kate Ladd Chlebowski – founder of design studio Vernacular – opted for a tent effect with painted stripes for this little boy’s bathroom. “The round, knobbed mirror is a subtle nod to the bathroom’s nautical influence, taking inspiration from a ship’s porthole,” she reveals.

In this pearlescent bathtub by Maestri Studio, the shape of the mirror deliberately evokes sea waves, while the glass washbasin gives the space a nautical yet sophisticated feel.

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