Mermaid-inspired decorating ideas

Makebox is heading under the sea for August, and we’ve totally fallen under the spell of the enchanted mermaids and their underwater world – The Mermaid’s Locker Air Dry Clay Box, Martha the Mermaid and Giant Clam Shell & Pearl embroideries, and Martha or Molly Mermaid Doll. To bring some of that mythical magic into our homes, we’ve rounded up our favourite decorating ideas inspired by the colours and textures of the mermaids’ ethereal kingdom.

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The soft blue of that linen bedding is so calming, and pairs brilliantly with the off-white walls that evoke the sense of white sandy shores of an tropical island getaway.  Wood and natural materials add warmth and texture for an earthy simplicity that’s perfect for a pared-back barefoot boho vibe.

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Recycled glass jars and vases full of beach treasures create a focal point when grouped together on a table or shelf. Arrange in odd numbers and vary heights and sizes for visual interest.

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Coastal style doesn’t have to mean the classic blue and white stripe (although there’s nothing wrong with that, either!). Put together a palette taken from different colours of sand for a gentle and soothing scheme. A vase of frothy dried pampas grass conjure up the feeling of seaweed.

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For a more classic look, wrap a vase in nautical rope, then fill generously with timeless white blousy blooms such as hydrangeas of peonies for a sophisticated beach-house vibe.

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We think the mermaids would sing with joy at the sight of this gorgeous bathroom wall! Fish scale tiles are enjoying a design moment, and create a showstopping feature wall when used from floor to ceiling, especially in this blend of turquoise shades.

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Image credit: House of Turquoise

Turn beach finds into artwork. The organic shapes of the shells and corals on display are given structure in a grid of matching picture frames with the same background of natural linen.

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Heading deeper into the ocean with accents of dark indigo blue in this all-white living space. The faded pattern on the rug has the look of ripples in shallow water.

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Image credit: Elle Decor

Dial up the glam factor with iridescent mother-of-pearl-inspired surfaces for a timeless bathroom scheme. Pick a repeating geo design for wall and floor tiles

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Just one stand-out feature is enough to give a nod to a maritime theme without going all-out. These drop-dead-gorgeous brass pendants channel nautical style but are definitely fit for the captain’s cabin.

 

 

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