If sprucing up the cabin in your boat is on your spring to-do list this year, this is the post for you. Recovering settee cushions, sewing cabin curtains, and adding colorful throw pillows are popular sewing projects. If you’re going to re-do your boat interior, it’s important to start with a game plan of which fabrics you’re going to use and the feel you want for your home aboard. Today we’ve rounded up three different cabin “looks” to help get your ideas flowing.
Before we get into the designs, we should take a moment to talk about fabric fiber choices. In a boat cabin you want the cushions to be comfortable but also to not allow mold and mildew to grow. To do this, avoid cotton fabrics and opt for acrylic, olefin or vinyl instead. You’ll also want to use a durable fabric for settee cushions and berths, but accents of occasional use outdoor fabrics are a fun way to bring in different colors and patterns. All of the recommendations we make in this post are fabrics that are appropriate for use in a boat cabin.
A perennial favorite, the classic nautical color scheme and patterns are still the first choice of many boaters for their cabins. This includes traditional colors like true red, navy, royal blue and white. This looks remains a classic for a reason, these colors look great alongside a traditional teak and holly interior. Our look imagines using a traditional navy blue as a base color with added pops of a red fabric with a knot motif. The fabric with sailboats and burgees is also a playful nod to the sailing life.
Get this look:
- Geobella Nantucket Navy Fabric
- Sunbrella Spectrum Indigo Upholstery Fabric
- Sunbrella Lido Indigo Upholstery Fabric
- P/K Lifestyles Outdoor Square Knot Cinnabar
- Waverly Sun N Shade Set Sail Atlantic
Light & Neutral
Boat cabins don’t always get a lot of natural light and with the abundance of wood finishes, they can sometimes feel dark. A great way to brighten up your saloon is to use a light-colored upholstery fabric on your settee cushions and other fabric finishes. A soft neutral like this Light Oyster Ultraleather (#1 in the image) makes a great base for cushions. Then, other colors can be brought in with throw pillows and other accessories. If solid beige isn’t your looks, think outside the box! Neutrals don’t have to be solids; patterns in soft colors will also brighten your cabin. Also, gray is a great neutral with a modern feel.
Get this look:
- Ultraleather Light Oyster Fabric
- Sunbrella Empire Dove Upholstery Fabric
- Sunbrella Frequency Ash Upholstery Fabric
- Geobella Fire Dance Bisque Fabric
Tropical & Bright
Another way to brighten up your cabin and infuse it with personality is to incorporate vibrant colors. Bring the colors of the Caribbean to your cabin with bright, tropical tones like in this popular Sunbrella fabric, Seville Seaside (#3 in the photo). Balance out your punchy colors with either a darker coordinate color like this dark navy or a light neutral like a beige as accent colors for curtains or pillows.
Get this look:
- Sunbrella Dupione Peridot Upholstery Fabric
- Sunbrella Canvas Navy Upholstery Fabric
- Sunbrella Seville Seaside Upholstery Fabric
- Sunbrella Sailcloth Sailor Upholstery Fabric
You can find more fabrics for your cabin in these looks and many more at Sailrite.com.
To read more about which types of fabric to use in your cabin, check out our Cockpit vs. Cabin Cushion Fabric Choices post.
Which design idea is your favorite? Do you have any of these themes in your boat? Share your opinions and ideas in the comments.