Regular ropes are useful on their own; nautical ropes are useful and decorative. They take the place of the rods and bars used in bathroom decor, in the kitchen to hold towels, or in the stairwell as a handrail. Ropes also give a room seaside appeal as a curtain tie; they can even be used instead of curtain rings. Just about any item that isn't quite coastal enough can be transformed to a waterfront piece by wrapping it in rope: a vase, a stool, a lamp. But what rope does best is hang. Unlike a conventional wall shelf, a rope shelf hangs from the ceiling to hold curios, books for kids, or vases. Though ropes have many uses, the nautical rope has decorative weight that other tools can't touch.
Shells & Sand
Collecting seashells on the beach allows you to bring your vacation home with you. As a reminder of summers past, you can decorate with treasured seashells to create a coastal dining room. Shells can be affixed to just about anything to give a room seaside character. Sand dollars or starfish give a Christmas tree coastal charm ? you need little more than shimmering ribbon to make it an ornament. On the frame of a mirror or the base of a lamp, a mix of shells turns a dining room into a beachfront alcove. On the table, fill glass jars or bowls with shells or starfish instead of fruit to bring the shore to your evening meal. Use sand and shells together to create a centerpiece with a beachfront landscape for candles. Make smaller versions to decorate the buffet, or place them on end tables and shelves to hold up books for kids and construct consistency.
Oars & Paddles
Oars and paddles are typically made of wood and have long, narrow handles with a wide, flat end to create resistance. The design is very useful in and out of the water. Use oars or paddles as a curtain rod to frame your window with seaside appeal. In the stairwell, use them as a hand railing to steady a walk up the stairs with a seashore flare. Upside down and side-by-side, placing several oars together creates a sort of panel that can be used as a headboard, fence, or room divider. This look will make you feel like you're on the water even if you're not. Oars and paddles give any room an instant rustic, seaside atmosphere.
It doesn't take much to create a beach-inspired home. With a few additions of shells and some embellishment with oars your home will give the illusion of a seaside escape even if you're thousands of miles from the shore.
The Lakeside Collection has ideas and inspiration to dress up every room of your home. Whether you want your home to have a sea breeze feel or you want to be cozy as the holidays approach, shop Lakeside for affordable home decor solutions.