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It has been so hot recently that all I can do is dream of lazy days on the water. As long as I am dreaming, let’s go big with inspiring yacht interiors to tempt even the very rich. Boats are great fun, but give me the big guns. Coolers filled with beer and windless afternoons on the Mississippi are not what I had in mind. I’m thinking martinis on the bridge surrounded by polished wood and heavy leather furniture.
I think some people think that yacht interiors are site specific and that they don’t translate to the average home. I disagree. I think we can borrow wonderful design ideas from the floating homes of the super rich. Just think, you can now decorate like a shipping tycoon and not worry about the transport costs and gas to send your yacht to the Riviera each summer. Look at how much money I just saved you. I did say I was dreaming, right? Simple touches like a rich wood veneer on a bar or simple contemporary barstools can turn even the most modest basement bar into something special. All you need is imagination.
The uber-wealthy create spaces on yachts that reflect the same type of style found in their homes. Notice how comfortable these rooms look? No longer are yacht interiors full of cliche nautical touches and stark whites. Rather, warm woods and soft furnishings abound.
If you are thinking of creating a similar look at home, take note of the solid furniture with blocky features. Floating homes need to be practical. Furniture cannot slip and slide around with the waves so heavier construction is usually the order of the day. So, think about block arms that have heavier padding.
Color schemes on yachts tend to be neutral. I think there is a link between the relaxed nature of the ocean and the natural elements inherent to a traditional boat. Classic woods such as teak have been used for ages on yachts and will always work with creams, browns and tans. When it comes to dreaming big on open seas remember that beige will never be boring. So whether you call the harbor in St. Tropez or a split level in Sacramento home, infuse your spaces with a touch of heavenly yacht interior chic.
Photos courtesy of DeviantART.com, Luxuo.com, Windwardassociates.com, Liveyachting.com, Boat-and-yachts.blogspot.com
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
I transcended from working in Yacht Interiors to luxury high rises, due to the fact that both require knowing how to work and design in limited and confined spaces. Exotic woods, mill work, carpentry, and lighting is always the key elements in working in gorgeous luxury spaces. Great post!
Great tips Barbara. Thanks!