These 9 rooms prove stripes, flags, and boats really can be chic.
In actress Jennifer Creel's Manhattan apartment, early-20th-century signal flags and lighthouse-patterned wallpaper by Carleton V make her son's room fit for a captain. Creel's sister, Suzanne Coleman Bancroft, designed the home.
Nautical colors inspired the living room of a Hamptons home decorated by Victoria Hagan. The blue and white linens on the sofas and chairs are from Clarence House and Henry Calvin Fabrics, respectively; the white-lacquer cocktail table is a Hagan design; and an oversize antique dhurrie from the Rug Loft covers the floor.
Colefax & Fowler decorator Philip Hooper constructed a whimsical rowboat-shaped teak-and-fiberglass tub surround for the children's bathroom in a family's Caribbean retreat.
In Bobbie and Lew Frankfort's beach house in the Hamptons, interior designer Delphine Krakoff adds nautical touches to a bedroom, including framed flags made of red and white Coach leather, crisp navy and white cotton curtains and upholstery, and tailored stripes. The bedside table is from Cappellini Modern Age, and the table lamps are by Philippe Starck for Flos.
Public-relations executive Scott Currie's aim for his Southampton, New York, retreat was to create "the kind of home a ship's captain would have lived in after years spent exploring the world." in the poolhouse, the paneled walls and door frames are painted in Benjamin Moore's Harbor Haze and Spellbound, respectively; a rope clock and vintage signal flags complete the nautical look.
Everything's shipshape in the master bedroom of this Water Mill, New York, home that Polo Ralph Lauren's Michael Morelli designed for a friend. The brushed-steel bed is custom made, and the walls are painted in Hopsack by Ralph Lauren Paint. Nods to the nautical world include a model boat, a pair of oars, and summery stripes.
The guest bath of a San Francisco house designed by Stephen Shubel.
At artist John Dowd's home in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the guest room holds an Edwardian-style brass bed and an old life preserver as wall art; the white beadboard walls and the navy and white bedding add to the room's maritime charms.
In an actress's Malibu beach house, interior designer Kerry Joyce gave one of the children's rooms a high-seas look by wallpapering it with sea charts; the sconce and chair are by Omega Too.