Decorating Ideas for a Cape Cod Style Home


The Cape Cod style house is a type of house originally built in the late 17th century when English colonists first came to America. These houses were usually one story and symmetrical, with the front door in the middle of the house. Over time, however, second stories became more prevalent in Cape Cod style homes. The décor inside is associated with different themes, but the universal feel is relaxation. There are also certain aspects that remain no matter the style of decoration that is chosen.


  • The nautical theme is a common one among Cape Cod houses. These houses were originally built near the coast, and this coastal theme has stayed with them for centuries. This theme incorporates colors such as navy blue, yellow and khaki. These colors are similar to the colors of the ocean, which is why the are used. Try using accent colors like red and yellow to add bright touch to a room. Use artwork and throw pillows that feature anchors, ships and buoys.

Old Furniture

  • This type of décor refers to pieces of furniture that appear and may actually be worn but still have a sophisticated look to them. These pieces can be anything from a nightstand to an old iron bed frame. Depending on what it looks like, paint the furniture to match the rest of the room, and distress it so it looks old. The old, distressed look is important to the furniture fitting into the room.

Wood Furniture

  • Much of the furniture found in Cape Cod style homes is made of wood. Choose a light color wood, which fits with the rest of the house and adds to that relaxing feeling you want to create. Dark wood does not fit in as well because it tends to darken the room. Wicker furniture is a great option, especially for patio furniture. Try mixing and matching these types of woods.

Ocean Objects

  • Since these houses carry a nautical air, place accent pieces around rooms to evoke that feeling. In addition to pillows and artwork, create special decorative pieces for the home. For instance, fill a bowl with shells and set it on a coffee table or hang a wreath of driftwood and muscle shells on the front door to welcome people.

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