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Lighthouse Home Decor Popularity

Updated on October 10, 2014

Why are Lighthouses So Popular in Home Decor?

Some lighthouses are still hard at work, guiding mariners safely past dangerous rocks and shoals. Others are just a reminder of the past.

What is it that draws legions of people to them, and makes them use them as a decorating theme in their homes?

Maybe it's simply because the images look lovely in any room. Maybe it has to do with what they represent. Not only pleasing to look at, the beautiful towers can also be uplifting, since those wonderful seaside beacons have represented trusted guidance into safe harbor for centuries.

It's fairly east to find quality lighthouse themed decorator touches for your kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and more. Whether you're a fan of a specific one, or just admire in general those trusted beacons that guide sailors, you'll enjoy this page. On it, you'll find brief stories of three of Americas's much loved lighthouses: The Split Rock Light, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, and the Portland Head Light.

Consider putting a bit of lighthouse decor here for your home, or give a meaningful gifts to loved ones. Enjoy!

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Split Rock - A Popular Artistic Theme

The Split Rock Lighthouse, in Minnesota, sits high on a rocky cliff on the side of Lake Superior. This particular beacon presents a very dramatic appearance, especially when viewed from water level, which probably accounts for its popularity with artists.

The octagonal tower was built in 1910, and first lit that same year, it remained an active aid to navigation until 1969 when it was deactivated and retired. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2011.

The light is reactivated once each year, on November 10, when its beacon shines in memory of the souls who perished with the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. (November 10, 1975)

Metal Wall Art - To Compliment a Nautical or Coastal Theme

Metal wall art is very popular for both rustic and modern decor. Luckily, lighthouses go well with both!

Of course, they are a theme that is also almost an automatic given for nautical and coastal decorating schemes, too.

From this metal wall sculpture, it's easy to see why this particular structure is such a popular art subject, and also why you might want it on your wall.

Lighthouse Welcome Scene Antique Copper
Lighthouse Welcome Scene Antique Copper

Lighthouses just naturally say 'welcome,' as they have always been a welcome sight for mariners


Stalwart Tower and Striking Sky

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Lighthouses In Literature

Early morning and evening scenes, with painted skies providing a dramatic backdrop for a lit tower, are a favorite theme for artists and designers.

In the poster shown above, the Ponce Inlet Light, the tallest in the sunshine state, stands on Florida's east coast at sunset. Except for the period from 1970 to 1982, It's been shining since 1887, when it was built as a replacement for an earlier one.

It's even mentioned in a famous short story by Stephen Crane. But, to find the mention, you have to know that Ponce Inlet was known as Mosquito Inlet back then.

It's not unusual for lighthouses to be mentioned in, or even to be the inspiration for literature. Their ability to inspire may be a big part of why they are such popular elements in home decorating. We all need a little inspiration now and then.


The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans is a recently published example of a lighthouse being an integral part of a novel. One imagines that author M.L. Stedman might have been inspired, at least in part, by the sight of a real lighthouse.

If they can inspire entire books, then they can inspire any of us in our daily lives. Maybe those who favor lighthouse home decor are looking for a little inspiration.

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y (WT-shared) Gamweb at wts wikivoyage ([Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Ponce Inlet Light

Today, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a national historic landmark, and still shining! The beacon that shines from the top of the tower is an essential aid to private navigation/

Open to the public seven days a week, it's well worth a visit if you're in the area. You can tour the former keeper's houses, and even climb to the top of the tower. Keepers dwellings house some fascinating historic exhibits, including one of the best displays of original Fresnel lenses you find anywhere. It's well worth the $5 price of admission for adults. Children get in for only $1.50.

Find it at Ponce de Leon Inlet, just about a 20 minute drive south from Daytona Beach.

If you're visiting there, it might be worth your while to make a day of it, and make a stop at the nearby Marine Science Center, too.

Kitchen Decor - Nautical Kitchen Accessories

Put a fun accent piece in your kitchen, and enjoy it as you cook. Choose one that's functional, or just plain decorative... it's up to you.

The three piece sets shown here is as useful as it is decorative.

Portland, Maine's Historic Landmark - Shining Since 1791

By N.V. Deremer (CC-BY-SA-3.0) , via Wikimedia Commons
By N.V. Deremer (CC-BY-SA-3.0) , via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Portland Head Light

At Cape Elizabeth, in the state of Maine, you'll find one of the most recognized mariner's landmarks in North America. That's the Portland Head Light. which first shined its beacon in 1791, was automated in 1989, and still operates today.

It's on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can see it by going to Maine's Fort Williams State Park. The former quarters for the keeper is now a museum, and there's a gift shop, too.

Call (207) 799-2661 to get accurate information on hours that you can visit, and about climbing the tower,

The coaster shown here is a nice home accessory, or would make a fun hostess gift. It's actually a four piece puzzle, which can be used either as one large trivet or as four individual coasters.

Bed and Bath Ideas - To Add a Pretty Nautical Touch

Here are just a few ideas for putting a lighthouse or two in your bedroom or bath.

Choose a shower curtain, some special towels, or a nautical bed covering.

Ashley Cooper Lighthouse Print Quilt in Queen Size
Ashley Cooper Lighthouse Print Quilt in Queen Size

This quilt will be a hit with anyone who loves sailing and the sea - sailors, yachtsmen, boaters, or cruisers.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Lighthouses are one of my artistic passions. Thanks for sharing this topic.

      I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

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      2, I loved every word.

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      You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Shelly Sellers 

      4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I haven't seen the Lighthouse cookie jar it!

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      5 years ago

      I am salivating, now where is my checkbook. Great lenses, thanks a million.

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      6 years ago

      You really covered it all! Really had no idea that you can get lighthouse anything... appreciate the post!

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      6 years ago

      What gorgeous lighthouse home decor ideas. I especially loved that clock. But everything was beautiful and serene

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very pretty lighthouses! My husband is from Maine and he loves lighthouses. :)

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      6 years ago

      These are very nice, I like the lighhouse decor.


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