Ahoy there mateys!

As I looked out of my bathroom window this weekend, for the first time in a while I was actually able to spot the thin blue band that marks the sea. Whilst I'm lucky to live on the coast and command such a view, most days I normally find the sea and sky simply blur into one grey mass, so this was a very pleasant surprise indeed.

Coastal inspired bathroom

Feeling a little bit nautical? This coastal-inspired bathroom was created by VictoriaPlum.com customer P. Bennett from Lewes

As I stood there at my basin, peering at the boats on the horizon, it got me thinking about the design of my bathroom and how I could apply some coastal style to it.

Shipshape and full of fashion

A luxury bathroom is certainly a place to escape to, free from the stress of everyday life. However, by adding a theme to your design, like a nautical style, you can make your escape far more literal, by giving your bathroom the look and feel of a cosy holiday cottage by the coast.

These days, the nautical theme is certainly a popular choice. Whether this is to do with the link between the sea and water is unclear - but when we think of nautical style we almost certainly start to think about fun. Our imagination can almost run away with us! No matter how large or small your bathroom is, it's a design that can be achieved in almost any space!

Make sure your colour palette isn't all at sea

The colour scheme for a nautical style bathroom is typically based around the suitably named navy blue and white. However you certainly shouldn't feel restricted just to these.

Beach feature matt tile 331mm x 331mm

Create your very own coastal flooring, with these beach feature tiles

Sea green, turquoise, sand and bone can all evoke the tones and colours of the coast. However you can go in different directions with your nautical theme. For example, if you are looking to create a more refined look, traditional style pedestal basins coupled with suitably classical fittings are just the job. You should be thinking more QEII and the Queen Mary, rather than rubber dinghies and pedalos. However, if you're looking for something a bit more jaunty, you might want to consider a seaside theme rather than a purely nautical design.

Maritime materials

When it comes to materials, wood panelling or beadboard can really evoke the coastal feel. It's relatively easy to fit yourself and the great thing is you can paint it in your own style. Couple with a floral or striped wallpaper to really add some depth. Carrying on the wood theme, why not fit some wood effect tiles to your floor?

The distressed look is absolutely key to achieving a more weathered feel throughout your design, and the great thing is, tiles are hard-wearing and will cost you relatively little to install and maintain. Rope is a fantastic material for using within your interiors and is certainly something to consider in a nautical themed bathroom. Coil a length of rope in a corner to add an intriguing highlight or attach to your wall, giving you some extra hanging space.

Remember, the materials you use can be key in turning a humdrum, run-of-the-mill bathroom, into something quite spectacular!

Aquatic accessories

If you're restricted by budget, simply accessorising your bathroom with coastal touches can help create the desired effect. If you are going for the more classical look, seek out some beautiful brass in the form of a lamp, clock or barometer. This will certainly add some real contrast to your decor.

Going for the lighter touch? Paintings of seascapes or beach scenes will immediately set the tone. If you have children, a coastal style bathroom can be lots of fun. Bathmats, stick-on fish and toy boats are all great additions. Plus, if you're actually visiting the seaside, you can get the kids involved collecting seashells and different coloured sand, which can be shown off to great effect in glass jars - adding further colour and texture.

For more maritime fun, why not seek out some bunting or ships' flags and spell out a message that means something to you and your family?

Sail bath screens

Take the coastal feel one step further with this fantastic, new Sail Bath Screen (shown below). The beautifully stylised design features a curved pane of 6mm toughened safety glass, shaped to resemble the sail of a yacht. This wonderfully evocative item comes with optional rail, keeping your towels close to hand and completing the coastal theme in your bathroom.

Sail Bath Screen

Feel the wind in your sails, with this fabulous bath screen

If you love the nautical look and have been inspired by some of these tips in this post, why not "go coastal" this weekend?