When I set out to furnish my living room from scratch with industrial nautical decor, I wanted to do nautical because I live on the north shore of Long Island and I think “nautical” can be a more elegant take on the “beachy” theme plus I love the industrial trend.
Long Island is surrounded by ports, harbors and beaches, so the nautical theme is a natural instinct but since I don’t live on a beachfront property, I didn’t think a beach theme was appropriate (that, and I think the beach theme is a bit overdone).
It was a little difficult to visualize what I wanted the living room too look like because this is my first home and I didn’t have any furniture or decor to begin with! It took a while to come together and even when I purchased some decor, weeks went by before it all went up on the walls because I wanted to be sure where the major pieces were going before drilling holes in the freshly painted walls.
Picking Industrial Nautical Furniture
The only thing I purchased before moving in – aside from the paint and the floors – was the sofa set. It’s Ashley Furniture Alenya Sofa and Loveseat in Quartz ($750) and I got it from Stanley’s Furniture in Patchogue, NY. It also came in a Charcoal color, which was too much of a contrast against the walls for me. I don’t love the pillows that come with the sofa and loveseat with the writing on them (all different types of tea names are printed on the face of the pillows). I plan to cover or replace them at some time. Similar styled and priced sofas can be found at World Market.
The Metal Bexley Media Stand ($630) from World Market totally embodies the industrial look and the cage design reminded me of something you might imagine seeing on a freighter or industrial-type ship. In fact, I love the Industrial Collection from World Market and the round nautical shelf with rope edge on the left side of the TV wall is the discontinued Round Colton Cubby Wall Storage shelf from the collection. Fortunately you can find similar-themed alternatives there.
The Monarch Round Satin Silver Nesting Tables ($96) flanking the sofa were found on Amazon.
The coffee table was sitting in my parents’ garage for over a decade so I grabbed that and made it work, though at first I wasn’t sure the style of it would go with my neutral color scheme and the industrial look I was going for but in the end, I realized it was one of the elements that helped soften the look and feel of the room.
Industrial Nautical Decor
My Oversized Wood and Metal Laptop Table ($90) from World Market perfectly fits a large laptop and remote controls, cell phone and a cup of coffee. Its dark brown stained wood top and metal base offer stark contrast to the light sofa and rug, complementing both the industrial look and the warm dark coffee table.
I found the metal flock of birds wall art ($119, Amazon) at one of my local HomeGoods stores, where I also found the whale tail sculptures ($20 for the platinum/silver one and $8 for the bronze one on clearance) and coat hooks ($13), storage ottoman ($20), globes/spheres ($3-$6, assorted), glass buoy ($10) and octopus sculpture ($10) on my media cabinet shelves. I also found my full length 95″ window panels ($20), 3-piece reclaimed wood picture frame ($20) and coaster set ($7) at HomeGoods.
I found the mirror port hole wall decor ($22) and dog bed ($20) – the gray fabric on it matches the window panels – at Tuesday Morning.
Although it appears to be discontinued now, the anchor was found on Wisteria ($40). I had seen nothing like it anywhere else. Usually nautical anchor wall decor does not look sleek and modern like this one. It fit perfectly with my industrial theme.
The floor mirror leaning against the wall is the Hovet Mirror from IKEA ($129), which I loved for its price point and simplicity. I did have to purchase it in-store and drive it home but it was worth it. You will not find a mirror this size and style for this price point anywhere, even online. The closest thing in this minimalist style is at West Elm for three times the price or even more at Pottery Barn.
I was looking for an art piece that would go with my industrial nautical theme and be large enough to go above the sofa. I found it in this Metal World Map on Overstock, which appears to be sold out now but it’s still available on Goedeker’s ($220). It has two layers: a metal front with a cut-out world map and the backing peeking through with old-time world maps printed on it. You can find other metal world maps on Amazon.
Color, Walls and Floor
You can clearly see “greige” (or gray-beige) is the color theme in my industrial nautical living room. I have variations of charcoal, gray, tan, beige, brown and satin nickel in all of the decor and furniture.
The walls were painted Useful Gray from Sherwin Williams SuperPaint in the Flat finish. It’s the perfect neutral blend of grey and beige with almost a twinge of khaki green. I chose the flat finish to reduce glare from the windows on the TV since my windows face west as does the TV. It seems counterintuituve to have a TV facing windows but it was the only feasible location to place it. The only issue with choosing flat paint is that if you have to touch up a spot, it doesn’t easily blend with the rest of the wall. New homeowner lesson #1 learned.
I had the walls painted and the floors redone before I moved in. I chose Minwax stain in Jacobean for the floors which is a deep dark walnut-like stain that shows the wood grain. It is more neutral than Dark Walnut, which has a reddish hue to it. I was going for neutral and gray so the Jacobean was perfect. I chose the Satin polyurethane oil-based finish, which is what it says it is: satin — not glossy or shiny, so it hides imperfections much better than a semi-gloss finish, which is perfect for a dog owner. Satin finish oil-based sealant was a no-brainer, as water-based sealant doesn’t hold up as well if you have dogs and they scratch up the floors. The Ebony Jacobean Blend Fil Pencil was a necessity to fill in missed spots and scratches — this comes in handy especially when you’re moving furniture and accidentally scratch the floor.
The rug is a silken Safavieh Paris Shag in Sable, which is a gray-brown. It’s adds warmth and softness to a room full of metal hard-edged decor. I could have easily chosen the Silver or Titanium colors if Sable wasn’t available. After seeing the rug, my sister purchased the same one in a smaller size for her apartment in Florida and her best friend purchased it in Ivory for her apartment. It’s lush and beautiful and it’s unlike any shag carpet you have ever seen in your life.
The entry mat is a super-water absorbent Andersen 280 Waterhog Fashion Indoor/Outdoor Mat in Camel. It’s lighter than the floor but the perfect neutral shade to blend into the background.