Catch the Wave of Boats Indoors

Though some people prefer to bring the lake indoors with a creel (fish trap) or a paddle, and many others draw in the sea with a nautical flag or a buoy, there is a way to bring it to the next level: Bring the entire boat indoors. You can hang a kayak or a skiff in the ceiling, build a boat-like kitchen island or participate of a ship’s hull and use it like a bar. Boat inspiration is a great alternative for decorating kids’ rooms as well; ship’s wheels, boat-shape beds, porthole windows and crow’s nests will invigorate creativity in bedrooms and playrooms. There is a giant range of choices for integrating boats into your decoration; pick if any of them suit your style.

Elias Benabib, Corp..

When hanging out a ship, you’ll have to decide which side you want to show off. You may opt to show off the details and colors on the inside of the boat.

Patrick Sutton Associates

Conversely, if you’re going more nominal, a gorgeous wooden vessel with a gorgeous form looks best side up.

Interior Changes home design

A cathedral ceiling provides a prime chance for hanging a kayak. This lake house’s living room also features unique seats crafted from water skis.

Hendricks Architecture

“Originally that home was developed to have timber trusses, but after talking with the owners we decided to place a kayak rather,” says John Hendricks of Hendricks Architecture. “The reason for the two cases is to bring down the ceiling.”

The piece was also significant to the client. “The canoe was his grandfather’s and is quite beautiful. I really don’t think I’d ever hang an aluminum Grumann kayak unless it was a contemporary house,” says Hendricks. “The kayak is hung with rope by a timber ridge beam. I believe that it makes a fantastic statement and is much more cost effective than the original timber trusses I had designed.”

Brian Watford Interiors

Two cut branch rods increase the rustic feel of the Georgia lake house. I highly recommend leaving the ship hanging into the professionals for security’s sake.

John Kraemer & Sons

A lower, horizontal ceiling doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t float a ship; it can cozy up a rustic room. Just make sure you mount it greater than your guests’ height. I’d recommend at least 61/2 feet of clearance space beneath it.

Jeffrey Dungan Architects

In case the concept of an entire full size kayak is too much for you, think about a ship’s skeleton to get a unique architectural element.


For die-hard boat lovers, this exceptional kitchen island will make you feel like you’re in the marina when you’re on your kitchen. The top is coated in a walnut wood veneer reminiscent of a ship’s deck.

Siemasko + Verbridge

A ship’s hull also makes for an enjoyable bar or island in the home.

Elad Gonen

Boats also serve as unique exterior accents.

La Vie en Blanc

Of course, boats around the house aren’t just for grown-ups. Boat-shape beds very similar to these are accessible through retail outlets; Pottery Barn Kids has a trundle bed variant.


An aquatic wall mural completes this shipwreck bedroom spectacle.

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