Decorating Tips To Make Your Boat Feel Like Home

If you have a new boat, or an older one that needs redecorating, read this article to give you some ideas on how you can make your vessel look like home!

Sometimes new boat owners are just like new car or truck owners. They rush out and buy the latest gadgets and decorative items they can find to put on or in their new vessels. Actually, though, in order to decorate your boat, you need to be careful that you don't go overboard, (no pun intended). So, here are a few tips to help you along:

The first thing to do is to sit down and soak up the atmosphere of your boat. It doesn't matter how long you have owned your vessel. You need to get a feel for it. And, as you're sitting there, look around at the walls and at the existing decorations. Then, the next thing you need to do is to take a walk through in and around your boat. Ask yourself these questions: do the existing decorations match your tastes? Do they beautify your boat? Or, are they boring and just look like clutter? What needs to stay and what needs to go? Are there too many decorations on the wall as well as around other places on your vessel? And, ask yourself the most important question of all: do they make your boat feel like home?

By now you should have a pretty good idea of what you want to get rid of. But, you still have to decide how you're going to decorate your boat to give it the look you want. You can, of course, give it an ocean related theme. You can buy small, decorative anchors, plastic cranes and seagulls,

mermaids, ship steering wheels, and hang or set them around. Or, you can buy useable items that will not only represent the ocean, but will also come in handy. These items include welcome mats, bedspreads, pillows, throw blankets, bottle openers, lamps, shelves, and hanging lights.

Or, if you don't want a solely traditional ocean theme, you may choose to intermix some of the above mentioned items with items that remind you of home. For example, you can look around your home on land and find some pictures, knick knacks, wall hangings, and other items that you like. Take some of those from your land home and place them in your boat. Then, when you look at these items, you'll be reminded of your warm, cozy home.

You can take some of your favorite books and place them in a small book shelf on your boat too.

Or, hang up some fish netting and hook pictures of your family onto it.

As far as furniture goes, make sure that you choose small pieces that will fit well in your boat. Avoid large, stuffed, clumsy chairs and love seats that take up too much space. Since your space is really limited on a boat, you'll have to make the most of it.

Or, here's another tip: try decorating your vessel in your favorite colors rather than in a theme. That means, if your favorite color is yellow, you can buy yellow curtains, rugs, decorative dishes, and the like. These items don't have to be solid yellow color- that might be boring!- but at least have some of the color in them.

To help keep your boat feeling like a homey atmosphere, and free of clutter too, periodically take a walk through and take inventory of your decorative items. If you find that you don't use certain items, such as throw blankets, pillows, and hanging lights, it would be a good idea to do away with them, no matter how much they add to the decor.

Less clutter means a cleaner boat too. You'll have an easier time sweeping, dusting, and mopping your vessel if it has a limited amount of items on it.

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