Trying to decorate your home, but stumped for ideas? A good strategy is to identify a theme, and work according to that theme. This makes it far easier to identify items that you should pick up to do the room. You could either have a common theme running loosely around the entire house, or you could make a particular room theme based.
Although common themes include modern, contemporary, traditional, casual chic and so on, consider opting for something more focused, like a Nautical theme. This makes a great theme and is easy to apply to the entire house. Make ample use of brass and glass in your accessories. Here are tips on how you can go about it.
Wooden ships with sails make great decoration items. You could also add a glass ship in another corner, along with cut-glass or wooden pieces of fish, swans, frogs or other marine animals.
Hang a few brass lanterns from the ceiling.
Keeping with the theme, invest in a fish tank. Place this in the living room, so your fish view people constantly coming and going, and this keeps them somewhat entertained.
Use bunk beds in your children's bedroom.
Hang a wooden ship's wheel on one wall.
Hang an anchor on a wall in the corner. Your theme will be incomplete without this!
Here's an item which has practical uses in addition to decorative value. Place a globe in the room (stay away from a plastic one!). A brass globe can look incredibly classy. In addition, you will find yourself turning to it ever so often, whenever you need to figure out where a certain destination is located. This is especially important for children, who learn where a number of places are located on the world map, names of countries, cities, capitals, seas, oceans, latitudes and longitudes, the equator and circles.
Similarly, another item that works well as a learning tool and a decorative item to go with this theme is a basic telescope on a stand. Make sure it doesn't overlook someone's apartment though, or you will find your children turning into peeping toms instead of nursing a growing interest in space.
Place a brass Armillary sundial on a stand, and put it in the corner of a room.
Invest in paintings with images of the sea, marine life and ships. Naturally not every painting need follow this theme but some certainly should. Round and oval paintings work well to enhance the ship feel, so invest in oval or round wall decorations like plates, oval mirrors and a few oval paintings.
Blue and white
Focus on the use of blue and white. Of course, you needn't be very particular and can just loosely follow the theme with regard to accessories, but do try and decorate at least one room, perhaps the children's bedroom, using these colours. You could add further interest by having one blue and white striped wall in your child's bedroom, perhaps behind their bed. Similarly, pick up bedcovers and quilts in blue and white, perhaps with hints of red.