Boats go with Summer like flowers go with Spring, popping up in store windows and in-store displays to capture the feelings of time spent at the lake or by the sea.
Simple shapes and traditional nautical color schemes make it easy to represent the theme:
Or go BIG with a life-size hull if space allows…
You might recognize the CatStudio boat display (above) as I included the Homestead Gardens image in a feature about Retail’s Softer Side for Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine last year, click here to read more.
The iconic shape of boats show up in visual merchandising applications as shelves, as seen below at Simplicity Decor in Kirkland, WA:
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Simplicity Decor, A. Suraphong Liengboonlertchai when he attended one of my seminars at a gift show and I hope to visit his shops when I make it to WA one of these days. I need to plan a #retailroadtrip to the Northwest.
And another favorite is this hull bow mounted as an end cap display in the P. Graham Dunn retail store in Dalton, OH:
If you ever get the chance to visit the P. Graham Dunn facility in Dalton, it is a real treat! The retail store is lovely and it is located in one of Ohio’s picturesque Amish communities. I was honored to present some seminars at their dealer’s conference in March and enjoyed meeting the retailers, touring the wholesale production facility and having dinner at one of their Amish employee’s home was a highlight of my year!
I’ll close with a small boat prop I spotted last week at a charming home decor and gift store, Cottage and Loft in Fort Myers, FL:
Stay display inspired!