For centuries now, images of the high seas and the wealth of treasures that they contain have graced the dens and living rooms of countless homes.  There is just something that is very calming and relaxing about looking at a beautiful seascape.  The popularity of nautical decor has been growing through the years, with many stores now specializing in providing unique nautical-themed merchandise to their customers.

Nautical decor can consist of just about anything that relates to the sea.  Many individuals incorporate items relating to boats and ships into their decor, such as anchors, bells, and ship clocks.  Others opt to primarily utilize those types of items that relate to the water, such as seashells, fish, and beach rocks.  There isn’t a wrong way to arrange decorative nautical items and each arrangement should reflect the personal style of the people living in the home.

Lighthouses are one of the most popular items found in nautical-themed decor.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors to blend with any decorator’s scheme.  Many decorative lighthouses are used as small statuettes and figurines that are displayed on shelves or in curio cabinets.  Individuals can also purchase birdhouses or wind chimes that are designed to look like a lighthouse.  A number of companies even create lighthouse items meant to be used in the kitchen, such as cookie jars, sugar canisters, salt-and-pepper shakers and napkin rings.  There are also lighthouse planters that can be purchased to hold your favorite plants.

Many artists create beautiful lighthouse paintings, photographs and silk screens that can be displayed in the home or office.  These art pieces come in many different styles, classes and price ranges.  A unique lighthouse painting can cost anywhere from $100 for a small piece created by an up-and-coming artist to many thousands of dollars for a large work done by a master artist.

Nautical-themed printed fabrics are also very popular in nautical themed homes.  These prints are available from most major manufacturers and can be used for nearly anything.  It is not uncommon to find nautical curtains, bed sheets, comforters, and rugs.  These prints can also be found on towels, shower curtains, tablecloths, and cloth napkins.  Far less common are couches, loveseats, chairs and ottomans covered in a nautical print, but they are commonly covered in one of the few colors associated with nautical decor, such as white or navy blue.

So whether you have the heart of a sailor or just enjoy visions of the sea, there are many types of nautical-themed decor that can be used to decorate your home.  Choosing the right items is simply a matter of personal preference and should reflect your own unique style and personality.  With the vast amount of nautical decor pieces available at retail stores, finding the items you like should be relatively easy.