Nautical Theme Kids Room

I’m helping my best friend put some finishing touches her son’s nautical-themed big boy bedroom right now, and gosh am I having fun scouring the internet for inspiration! Check out these photos I found:

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(Sources clockwise from top left: unknown,,, unknown, House Beautiful, unknown.)

Man are there some creative, kids-at-heart out there in the design world!

We’re going to stick to something a little more simple over at my bestie’s house, but our cutie “client” is excited about his “new” room just the same…

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Here are a few photos of some of the things his mama has gathered up for his room so far: Nautical flags


Life preserver and anchor pillows:


Catalina bed from Pottery Barn Kids:


…and the Madras quilt and shams, also from Pottery Barn Kids:


And in case someone out there is looking for similar-style inspiration, here are some decor inspiration pics I came across while searching for stuff online:

Distressed wood state sign:


Reclaimed wood fish wall hanging:


Sailboat garland:


Personalized life preserver:



Lake sign:


Vintage oars:


Pool rules sign:


Vintage wood buoy, red:


Vintage wood buoy, blue:


Zig-zag patterened starfish pillow:


Seashell bucket:


Map pillow:



Reclaimed wood whale wall hanging:


Vintage minnow bucket:


(Maybe for an easy-to-grow houseplant to add a pop of fresh greenery to the room?)

Vintage fishing basket:


Boys wall hooks:


Wood nautical flag:


Nautical rope mirror:


And last but not least, check out this Nantucket-themed reclaimed wood whale wall hanging:


I’m excited to report that one just like it will be hanging over my little buddy’s big boy bed very soon!

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  1. Sandy Ross says

    Love Nautical rooms….I met and married a Coastie 30 years ago… Am toying with decorating in a nautical theme. Neat pictures. Thanks!

  2. Diane says

    When my girls were little, we would take them to a local seafood restaurant. On the wall, they had nautical flags that spelled out words and messages. Not sure if you knew you could do that with the flags, but it was so fun for the kids. Every time we went, they spent most of the time trying to figure out what the flags were saying. It might be fun to frame one with the child’s name or a favorite saying. Best of luck, I love the inspirations so far!

  3. says

    Can’t wait to see how your friend’s son’s room comes out. I am a huge lover of all things nautical :) My son has that Land of Nod nautical flags and bedding. He’s had it for a few years and still loves it. To be honest I think simple is better for little boys so they can grow with the room! x

  4. says

    Great stuff, I especially love that Nantucket whale wall hanging.
    I needed a little boys room inspiration today, Thanks!

  5. says

    I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Looks like this boys mom has picked up some great stuff…

    also I love the third inspiration picture…the row boats as beds…What a fun room! Whomever’s house that is must be very busy assuming there is a child to fill each one of those beds…I counted 6! Just awesome!

  6. Gina and Fadia says

    I love the idea of the mirror hanging above the bed. great pictures to take ideas from.

  7. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    What about a red and a green lantern?
    Remember? Red Right Return?????
    I bet this room will be outstanding. What a lucky little boy.

  8. Ann W says

    Nautical maps make good graphics also. I’m glad your friend didn’t pick out the beds on ropes, or the rowboat beds. Those are obviously from show houses. Can you imagine four kids under ten in those rope beds? They would get them swinging until someone cried. I love Minnow buckets. I have a collection. The little oval ones that you wear over your shoulder would be cute for the little guy. Ann

  9. Lisa W. says

    wow THIS IS so awesome!!! You got to be the luckiest girl in the world to dream up, look up, DO this stuff, so fun, and for that cutey little man, he is SO adorable. Love this, those ship beds are so cool! Thanks for making my day….again!

  10. Jane S. says

    I love those nautical bedrooms! Heck I’m old enough to be a grandma but I’d sleep in any of those rooms. :)

  11. says

    thank you soooo much for this inspiration!! we have a little garden at a little lake where i can use this for!! have a great day! Ulli

  12. says

    Wow! Those are some awesome nautical inspired rooms with some great design elements. What kid wouldn’t have a good night’s dream drifting away in a boat?
    Enjoy helping to design your friend’s little boy’s room. I love all of your selections and ideas.

  13. says

    I love the nautical look – especially for a little boy’s room. It’s a classic. And that little guy ~ well suffice it to say, he would be getting what ever kind of room he wanted in my house. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  14. says

    Great images! Our boys (6 & almost 4) share a nautical room that I had all kinds of fun putting together! Growing up on the water and sailing, it was crucuial I have some beach in our house in the city. You can take the girl from the beach but you can’t take the beach outta this girl!

  15. says

    Layla, this room will be so cute! I saw a sign the other day that had “Row, row row your boat, life is but a dream” on it, it was so cute and would look adorable in this room

  16. Faith says

    I enjoyed the pictures of nautical themed rooms. Would you maybe be inspired to post something about a beehive/honeybee themed room for a young man who is a beekeeper? I haven’t come up with too many ideas, and would be curious as to what you would come up with!