Yacht interior design trends we love

For budding interior designers, a yacht project is both a move into the big time, and a challenge. Aside from the obvious constraints imposed by the corrosive marine environment, planning a yacht interior presents a number of well-worn aesthetic hurdles.

The most pressing of these relate to mobility. Since yachts can move on a whim, the familiar repertoire of low-angle morning and high-angle afternoon shadows goes (literally) out of the window. Nautical interiors often receive direct sunlight from unexpected directions, and the situation is further complicated by reflections off the water surface. The upshot is that those on board get to see every element of the vessel in every kind of light imaginable...giving them plenty of opportunity for disenchantment.

Coming up with a design scheme that will stay the course, while maximising the vessel's potential, is quite a challenge. Even the largest yachts can be made to feel cramped by a bad paint job, and 'old seadogs' in the design field learn to rely on texture, detail and dark colours on the overheads to enhance the sense of depth, or to deploy reflective materials to suggest communication with the watery expanses outside the boat. Given the historical importance of wood in boat construction, a general fondness for timber surfacing is perhaps inevitable!

But, while the basic considerations of boat interior design have remained unchanged since Joshua Slocombe took Spray around the world a century and a half ago, the world of yachting has its own particular fashions and trends. Here are the developments which we're most enjoying this year.

Reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood is our #1 favourite – after all, sustainability should be as much of a concern for superyacht owners as it is for homeowners. We've kept a close eye on the emergence of the reclaimed maritime timber market over the past decade, and we've enjoyed supporting the designers who need specialist dyes and finishes to repurpose 19th centur