Add a Classic Nautical Touch to Your Bath with a Lighthouse Theme
Lighthouses have fascinated sailors and land lubbers alike for centuries. They represent guidance, showing the way to safe harbor, and strength when they stand stalwartly against a stormy sky and sea.
In interior decorating, adding a classic nautical touch to your bath with a lighthouse theme isn't at all hard to do. If it's time to spruce up that tired bathroom decor, you might consider an easy transformation with just a few pieces that feature lighthouses.
These pieces are easy to find, and just a few in a small room like a bath can go a long way. This means you don't have to spend a fortune to completely transform a whole room!
If you'd like to learn a little bit about a couple of notable lighthouses along the way, this page will also tell you a little bit about the first lighthouse ever, and also the first lighthouse built in the United States.
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Just about anything associated with the sea can be considered a nautical theme ... from the ocean waves themselves, to the ships that sail on them, the creatures that swim under the surface, to the shells that wash up on the shore. And, of course the lighthouses that, for centuries, helped the sailor find safe harbor.
Choose the Right Shower Curtain to Set the Desired Tone
It's probably the largest changeable piece in your bath, so choose carefully! This one, for instance, is perfect for someone with a more understated taste in color schemes. By choosing a shower curtain with more neutral colors like this one, then adding a few small and bright pieces as accents, those little things will really pop.
The bonus here is this:
If your bath has a window, there is a matching Heritage Lace Lighthouse swag, valance, and tier.
And The Rest Falls Into Place
Here are some more choices in lighthouse themed shower curtains. If you start with the shower curtain as your base, the job of choosing a few other items will be made easy... you'll want them to go well with the focal point created by the shower curtain.
What if your shower has door, rather than a shower curtain? Skip this, and see the section titled 'Creating a Focal Point' for ideas.
Another Heritage Lace choice, and this one would be nice for a larger bath
This one would look just dandy in a guy's bathroom.
This blue shower curtain with a bottom border of lighthouses is just different enough to set your bath apart from the run of the mill lighthouse bathroom. (If there is such a thing, that i)
And guess what? A matching three piece commode set is available, too!
This scenic choice also has optional matching accessories.
This one is billed as a lighthouse shower curtain for kids, but I'd put it in a guest bath any day. Check out the matching towels, too!
- the Lighthouse of Alexandria -
was the world's first lighthouse
Served Sailors for Well Over a Thousand Years
The Pharos, or Lighthouse of Alexandria , P.D.
(a 1909 drawing of what it probably looked like, by Hermann Thiersch)
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as The Pharos, is thought to be the world’s first lighthouse. It was built on the island of Pharos, which was about a mile off the coast of the city of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt.
Original construction of the lighthouse was done between 28 0and 247 BC. It was such a marvel that, for hundreds of years, the lighthouse was one of the tallest structures ever built on earth, and as such, tall became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Estimates are that it was between 390 and 450 feet
This ancient marvel guided sailors safely into harbor for well over a millennium!
Sadly, an earthquake struck the site in 956, damaging the lighthouse, but it still operated for over 350 more years, surviving another earthquake during that time. A third quake in 1323 finished off its usefulness as a lighthouse, after some 1700 years.
Choose a Larger Space and Draw Attention to It
If your bath has no shower curtain, you can create a focal point of your choice. You might do this on the wall, using a shelving unit, or even on the floor!
Simply utilize the large space you choose by placing an eye-catching piece, or grouping, there, and allow that to dominate the room, and dictate your further choices.
Wall decals do a nice job of filling a wall space and drawing the eye. A half bath or guest bath might be a good place to use one.
Make Lovely Bathroom Wall Decor
Hang several lighthouse tiles in an interesting grouping for wall decor that won't be harmed by the sometimes moist or steamy atmosphere of the bathroom. In some bathrooms, there will be a perfect space for them above the towel rack.
These custom ceramic tiles are from on demand printer Zazzle, with designs by independent artists, and are available in two sizes - 4.25" or 6" squares.
LEFT: Pigeon Point Lighthouse Tile by bmthour; CENTER: Lighthouse at Newcastle in Northern Ireland Ceramic Tiles by corbisimages; RIGHT: Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island. Lighthouse at High by danitadelimont
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for Your Lighthouse Bath Decor
Pack of 25!
A hanger for guest hand towels ... hang it in between two ceramic lighthouse tiles for an artistic grouping.
Towels and Bath Mats
Now that you've chosen your focal item, or items, your direction for accessories and smaller items will be clearer.
What is the 'style' of your big items? Photographic or realistic? Playful or whimsical? Whatever the style you began with, continue with a similar tone for the other items.
You don't need to exactly match the colors, though. Just stay within the same main color ranges, or at least take care not to choose colors that tend to fight with one another.
The Split Rock lighthouse is a very recognizable one.
Do you do embroidery? Embroider these!
This bath mat coordinates with one of the shower curtains shown above
Here's the three piece commode rug and toppers set that matches the blue shower curtain I showed you earlier.
Boasts a First and a Last
Of the more than 15,000 lighthouses world-wide perhaps fewer than 200 are still manned.
There are around 700 lighthouses in the United States. Only ONE is still manned.
It was the FIRST lighthouse ever built on U.S. soil, and it is the LAST manned lighthouse in the country. (Currently staffed, apparently, by volunteers.)
Nautical Cabinet Knobs and Drawer Pulls
Add a subtle nautical touch to your bath, kitchen, or bedroom by simply replacing existing cabinet knobs and / or drawer pulls with lighthouse or other nautical themed knobs and pulls:
Nautical Cabinet Knobs
These nautical cabinet knobs are perfect for any room with a nautical theme. Whether you have a beach house, cottage, nautical kitchen, bathroom or laundry r...
For Your Nautical Bath
A Lighthouse night light is an ultra easy nautical touch to add to your bath... just plug it in! A night light is a good idea for any bath that might be used by guests, who may not have the 'lay of the land' in the middle of the night. They are also helpful in a bath used by children and older family members, some of whom can occasionally become a little disoriented at night without a little bit of light to help them get their bearings.
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Here's a very clever little lighthouse nightlight - with four different spinning shades. one for each season of the year.
This little24 karat gold plated lighthouse is adorned with Swarovski Crystals in three different colors. How special is THAT?
What a wonderful silhouette of a tower and keeper's house, crafted from weathered wood. Comes gift boxed, too.
Four Piece Set for Your Lighthouse Bathroom
A complete set of four bathroom counter accessories for a lighthouse lover. It includes a soap dish, tumbler, toothbrush holder, and lotion dispenser.
Bright and pretty, this set of lighthouse bath accessories has a lively three dimensional coastal design featuring a lighthouse.
for Your Lighthouse Bath
Yes! This three piece bathroom counter accessory set is just right! There's a lighthouse themed toothbrush holder and soap dispenser, along with a compass rose soap dish.
Lighthouse pegs for hanging your lighthouse towels. Isn't this perfect for a guest bath?
You'll need some lighthouse shower curtain hooks for your lighthouse shower curtain, and here they are!
This is a set of 12
Pretty, but not flashy - just right.
Switch Plates - Lighthouses and Coastlines - Lights up! What could be more perfect for a light switch cover than a lighthouse switch plate or some beautiful coastal artwork on a shoreline switch plate?
Lighthouse Home Decor - Lighthouse home decor looks lovely in any room of your home. You'll find quality lighthouse decor here for your kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and more.
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Grandin Road Outdoor Fountains.
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