Arrgh You Ready to Decorate Like a Pirate?

Updated October 8, 2019

5 ways to decorate your home like a pirate.

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If you feel like you need an escape from your current décor scheme, take a cue from the original adventurers of the sea: pirates! From sea glass to driftwood, these seafaring swashbucklers were surrounded by interior design booty that puts modern chic décor to shame.

Toss your anchor overboard and put your treasure maps aside, because we've found the loot! Here are five ways to decorate your house like a pirate:


Driftwood is a gorgeous way to organize your jewelry, but it also makes for unique wall art, shelving or mantle displays. This weather-worn wood will add a natural, outdoor feel to your home. It's the perfect way to repurpose your finds from past beach adventures! Note: It's a good idea to clean your driftwood before bringing it into your house. The best way to do this is by dipping the wood into boiling water for a few seconds and then placing it outside in the sun to dry.

Antique Glass Bottles

Arrange a collection of frosted, old glass bottles on a shelf or dresser and fill them with sand. If you want them to be ultra-beachy, glue seashells to a cork for a twist on traditional bottle stoppers. To add to the look, arrange other “lost at sea” items (like shells, rope or gold coins) next to them. Because there are so many shapes, sizes and colors of sea glass, decorating with antique bottles is all about arrangement, so be creative!


A basic glass vase can be turned into a chic centerpiece when you add a little sand. Use candle adhesive to secure tall candles to the bottom of a clear vase, then pour in a few inches of sand. Or, add sand to a glass bottle with a piece of parchment paper for a message-in-a-bottle look.


Okay, so you may not want a giant captain's wheel gracing your living room wall, but there are a lot of ways to go nautical without treading into dangerous design waters. Classic maritime rope knots are a great way to add a touch of texture, especially with doormats or coasters. Cover a wall (or just a lampshade) in a vintage sailing map, and add a few framed illustrations of anchors or carracks (read: pirate ships) to your walls.


Shells are like the ocean's gemstones – they're intricate, colorful and no two are the same. Glue seashells around the frame of a mirror for a bohemian beach vibe or use them for napkin rings on the final touches of your tabletop décor. You can even use seashells as a creative potting solution!

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