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A Nautical Holiday

If you live close or on the Chesapeake Bay, you may be inspired to add nautical touches to your holiday décor. A coastal-inspired yuletide can be filled with teals and blues which will showcase the breezy beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.

Above, snow-dusted garland with turquoise, aqua, and silver baubles are draped across the porch railings to add Christmas cheer. White triple wreaths decorate the front door along with large hanging white stars to complete the look. Below this Chesapeake Bay cottage uses fresh green wreaths on all the windows and the red front door and bows adds a pop of holiday color.

Marine Wreaths. Swap out the traditional faux pine wreath that you typically hang on the front door for a marine wreath, with refreshing details like white branches, bubbly ornaments, blue starfish, and sea fans. Blue and white also looks crisp for those particularly wintry days. For a more textural approach to a nautical holiday door, update a fresh pine wreath with organic embellishments like capiz shells and starfish.

Christmas Tree Color Schemes

If you buy a real tree, it will be forest green so that will be the main color you start with. However, if you prefer an artificial Christmas tree, you can find all sorts of colors like white, teal, blue, and pink. Some common coastal Christmas tree color schemes include white & silver, teal ombre, and blue & white. Remember, you do not have to live in a beach home to decorate in this style. There are plenty of excellent selections to make your tree shine. When you think nautical decor, you think surf and sand and plenty of sunshine as your inspiration.

Chesapeake Bay Celebration. A flocked tree dazzles with brilliant sapphire, cerulean and frosty blue ornaments. The soaring windows are framed with glittering garland and a minimalist driftwood wreath marks the season on the built-in bookcase. With grey floors, a blue ceiling and a beautiful view of the bay, the holiday decorations complement this room.

Merry + Bright

Living spaces do not have to be completely coastal as seen by this waterfront great room which is flocked and festive with shades of white, aqua and red. The airy blue and white hues speak to the coastal setting and create a crisp base that allows the red accents to pop in this cheery design.

White Christmas. This beautiful white tree, with white lights and aqua ribbon to tie in all the Christmas balls and ornaments, is breezy and bright.

Hanukkah. A nautical theme can be coordinated with Hanukkah Celebrations. Cool blue and aqua textiles, metallic elements, and vivid floral arrangements all pop against this dining room’s pale neutral walls, floor, and chairs.

Spirited Staircase. Christmas celebrations are underway in this coastal foyer with a pair of petite pines and a flocked staircase garland embellished with metallic silver and turquoise ornaments. Ruffled burlap and shell-clad stockings drape the railing and serve as a festive nod to the home’s bay locale.

Festive seashore décor also lends a freshness to spaces, through watery turquoises, trees festooned with seashells and starfish strewn throughout. Small coastal touches can be easily woven into the holiday décor you already have. Even a small tree in a quiet corner can provide a festive look. The bedside bare branches and glass ornaments are a simple but a sparkling touch of festiveness next to the glass lamp.

Heart of the Holidays is the Kitchen. This is where the real magic happens — cookies and pies, ham, and rolls and all the other deliciousness that comes out of a Christmas kitchen. Functionality is a top priority in such a bustling space so keep decorations to a minimum: pretty natural garland over the window, stockings on the stools, a tiny tree for charm and a glittering wreath over the stove. The Christmas breakfast is built on buttermilk biscuits, delicious cinnamon rolls, and spiked spritzers galore. This Chesapeake Bay serving station offers guests sweeping views of the adjacent saltwater marsh while fixing their plate and pouring spirits. To set the seasonal scene, a faux pine garland wraps the window with woodsy charm while a collection of white-and-aqua ceramic candlesticks hold pillars to illuminate the eats.

Give your home a nautical vibe with these easy, breezy decorating ideas. No ocean required. Decorating your home this Christmas season with a coastal inspired décor may not be your typical holiday style, but it is super stylish and a fun alternative, especially if you have a waterfront home on the Chesapeake Bay.


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