coastal decor and crafts

2/4/09

Decorating Nautical with Wooden Oars -as Wall Decor, Rods, Racks and Handrails

Stylish and interesting ways to use oars for nautical decor!

Decorating with oars is a fun and dimensional way to bring home the nautical theme. And oars can be pretty functional too. From oar racks to curtain rods to handrails. People are finding creative uses for oars. But most often we see them mounted on walls. Via Coastal Living.


Oars accentuate windows very nicely! Featured here.

oars in bedroom
Or how about Sleeping with Oars? Click link for 8 stylish examples! Here a casual display above the headboard. The space above the headboard is ideal for oars.


Great idea. An Oar as a Curtain Rod.


A cozy nautical room at the Inn at Harbour Village.

oar in bathroom
Decorating with oars can be as creative as you want it to be, finding spots that one would not normally use to display anything.

oar as towel rod
This is pretty cool. Oars repurposed into towel rods in a cottage, featured at Cafe Chatelaine.

oars hanging over fireplace
And of course the space above the fireplace has great potential for oar decor! Via Coastal Living.

oar on top of bannister railing
Love this idea. Spotted here.

oar rack
This is one of my most favorite ideas. To use an oar as a coat rack. Seen at A Beach Cottage. I love the white washed look too. Or Paint Oars in bright colors!

oars as handrails for stair
Oar handrails with a bend! Seen at Sunset.

oar handrail
And an oar handrail outside, via Coastal Living.

wooden oar hanging on wall
And lastly, an oar as wall decor at Just Beachy that comes with hanging instructions.

16 comments:

Catherine said...

Ooh is there something wrong with your blog or is it my computer? Your header and this post was halfway down the page, the top part was blank.
I like the way you have left your oars, it has a casual, unstudied air to it that looks great.

sealaura said...

Seems like your blog is ok. It looked ok when I came over. Anyway, love the oars. I have snow shoes above my bed from my B that he had from his childhood home in alaska. I also have used my lacrosse sticks for decoration. They are not exactly nautical but for some reason they still look kinda beachy to me. Maybe it is the wood.

mary said...

Oh my. I think you've just given me a great idea: using one of our wooden oars as a railing!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Not just because I like you (smile :-)...but I really love your oars just leaning in the corner. Yours looks great! I also like the railing a whole lot. Perfectly coastal!

Life on an Artistic Shoestring said...

The oar as a rail is a neat idea! I just saw an oar in an antique store yesterday and I may just have to go back to get it now. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

Please recommend the best mounting harware or hooks to hang these oars. I have beach home with wood panels. Thanks

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Best mounting hardware for oars?

There are so many different ways to hang oars. I figure the easiest would be to use curtain rod brackets if you hang them horizontal. Or I'd go to the local hardware store and see what I could use. My oars are leaning in the corner, so I can't recommend any specific hardware. I hope this helps a little -thanks for your visit!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled onto your blog and love this compilation of photos of decoratively displayed oars. I have an art installation above my fireplace I'd like to share with you . . . how do I do that? May I email a photo?

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding Art Installation:

Yes, I'd love that! You can email me pictures to this address:

completelycoastal@cox.net

Vicky said...

You are such an inspiration when it comes to creativity. Great post too,Love it!

Corpsman_n_Company said...

Does anyone have any ideas on how to hang them vertically? My Sailor husband's last unit made him an oar with his ribbons and warfare devices and I'd like to display it, but they are all vertical. I could lean it in the corner but I have 3 very curious children who could get the better of it. Thank you!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding hanging oars vertically:

Go to my more recent post Here, then click on the oar with the number on it, it is hung vertically!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and love the ideas you showed for using oars for decorative purposes. My husband and I recently purchased some really great oars that we'd like to hang criss cross over our fireplace (engineered stone front). Do you have any suggestions on how to do this since they won't hang flush on the wall? The outside oar will stand away from the wall, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
loridowty@comcast.net

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding hanging oars in a cross:

It seems you want to hang your oars exactly like the ones in the picture with the life saver! You are right, they will not hang flush on the wall..., I've never hung mine, and that picture unfortunately doesn't show..., they might have been attached onto the wall like the oar shown right bellow that picture. I'm sorry I can't be of more help..., someone at a hardware store might be able to help you though. Thanks for stopping by!

trouveatterrigal said...

I love all the different pictures of oars that you have - just so clever. thanks for your post.

Anonymous said...

Where can I find an inexpensive oar to hang? The ones I've found on the web are all over $65!