Nautical but nice interior decorating

Last updated 05:00 15/01/2013

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People the world over love the magic of the sea and seashore and that love is reflected in our interiors.

Whether it be coral, cute little fish, seagulls, shells or sailboats, we have always had a fascination for the sea's depths and its mysteries, and have long-since incorporated its elements into our living spaces. This season the theme is even more popular than usual.

Marine-inspired embroideries and prints are 'in' right now, more than ever before. There is a fabric of this kind to suit every occasion. On a cold rainy day in Paris, as the new collections were shown, I was instantly transported home to the sound of seagulls and the smell of salty sea-air.

It may be difficult at first to imagine this style of fabric in a London townhouse or grand European country estate, but it's just as popular there. Marine-inspired design provides that touch of whimsy, taste of nature and sense of summer holiday escapism that we all find so easy to embrace.

For us, here in our kiwi paradise, these patterns could have been lifted from our very own scenery. They are simple to use and incorporate, and work harmoniously not just in the bach, but also in our homes.

For those who tend more towards minimalism, the water inspired colour palette fits us to a T; just look at some of our most popular paint names - Cooks Beach, Lake Wakatipu, Huka Falls, Sandspit Brown and Rockpool Green.

Don't restrict these fabrics to the indoors either - take them out into the open too. Coral cushions look so chic in an outdoor scene that overlooks the ocean. Trim your cushions and light shades with shells and coconut shell embellishments. You might also think about taking advantage of some of the beautiful handmade mirror and picture frames available with bouquets of shells at the corners.

A marine theme is so versatile and timeless. Put a cheeky fish or two in a boy's bedroom and team with sharp navy and white stripe duvets. This kind of look will easily take them from toddler to teenager (even though by then there will probably be posters 'blue tacked' everywhere too).

We are so spoilt to live where we live with every imaginable piece of scenery so close by. It seems now the rest of the world has discovered our natural riches and they too want to live with a little piece of that beauty too.

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