Nautical Office Inspiration Numbered

Last week I shared a vibrant office and offered DIY options to get a matching, colorful look.  I’m following up this week with another office that is decorated in a completely different style:  warm woods, muted colors, and a nautical theme.  Admittedly, last week’s space was more feminine, and this week’s is more masculine–or at least less frilly.  Both are beautiful.  Let’s take a closer look at the nautical office space I discovered at Home Bunch.

Nautical Office

What are the things I love in this space?  Well, for starters, I really like the combination of rich, rustic woods and the muted colors of the maps.  It’s not just the contrasting colors that I enjoy about them, it’s the way they blend to create the perfect sense of being on an old sailing ship.  It’s a sophisticated way of inserting a nautical feel to a room without the more obvious choices of rope, starfish, and life preservers.  The barn doors are really great, too.

Nautical Office Inspiration Numbered


I’ve picked five tutorials to share with you to help you get the look of this room, do-it-yourself style!

Nautical Office collage

1.  Sliding Barn Doors

House Tweaking barn door diy

These sliding barn doors are really fun to switch out in place of french doors.  House Tweaking offers detailed tutorials for making your own.

2.  Canvas Curtains

Megan Brooke Handmade dropcloth curtains

A simple canvas curtain is a great option in this room, since the walls are pretty busy thanks to those beautiful vintage maps.  Here’s a no-sew option for similar curtains made from drop cloths at Megan Brooke Handmade.

3. Map Wallpaper

SoPo Cottage map wallpaper

Do you love the walls papered in vintage maps in my inspiration photo?  Remodelaholic features a detailed tutorial by SoPo Cottage that you can follow if you want to recreate this gorgeous wallcovering made from atlas pages.

4.  Vintage Ship

La Maison Jolie diy ship

La Maison Jolie share a way to make a ship of your own to display–in case you aren’t patient enough to find one in an antique shop or inherit one from your seafaring uncle!

5.  Rustic Farmhouse Table

4 Men & 1 Lady faux vintage table

Love the idea of using a rustic farmhouse table for a desk, like the one in my inspiration photo?  You can turn just about any old table into a “rustic” version.  Check out how they did it a 4 Men & 1 Lady.

So, which office style is your favorite?  This classic, vintage nautical space, or last week’s more modern, colorful office?  Which one would work best in your home?

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  1. Drooling over all of these nifty DIY ideas, Beckie! When we get a home of our own (which should be soon), I’m TOTALLY going nautical on it. We have a nautical bedroom…but the thought never crossed my mind to spread our love of the sea into the office. What a great way to add serenity and rustic charm to an often sterile environment. (That rustic wood “desk” is my favorite.) Thanks for sharing!

    The Thinking Closet

  2. So glad you enjoyed these idea, Lauren. It’s wonderful to have your own place to decorate and fill with your personal touches. I hope you get to enjoy that soon!

  3. Thanks for sharing my DIY post! One quick note, the ‘wallpaper’ is actually nautical charts. Which are available from most marine supply stores. They are very large, which makes it much easier to quickly install them. And you can pick the specific location that you want to highlight (rather than utilize wallpaper that shows a body of water that isn’t near your home).

    Here’s the original post, if it would be helpful:


  4. Thanks, Laurel, for the clarification and link to your tutorial. I love how your wall came out and definitely think it makes the powder room more interesting!

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