A large candle chandelier is the center of attention in this Nantucket-style kitchen and dining area. Candles, starfish accessories and a rustic dining table create a truly coastal-inspired space. To keep with the coastal design, designer Bruce Palmer incorporated an ocean-blue color palette from the dining chairs through to the kitchen backsplash. Patterned hardwood flooring is a lighthearted and visually appealing approach to the design. Construction by Dewson Construction; architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss Architects; photography by John Jenkins
A sailboat sculpture sits on top of a weathered dresser, which represents the ocean, and an abstract painting of a sunset adds the only source of color. RMS user waterlover kept everything else to a minimum for a simple, relaxed look.
Breezy Eating Nook
A light blue color palette gives the sense of an ocean breeze in this laid-back eating nook. Seahorse artwork, made of beadboard, brings a nautical touch, while the curves of the table legs mimic ocean waves. Design by Lynn Morgan
Designer Anisa Darnell mixed metal with reclaimed lumber to create an informal look, much like a relaxed day on the beach. The variety of chairs adds a visual aesthetic, while the neutral color palette ties them all together. Photography by Jennifer Kesler
Wicker baskets and plants bring life to this kitchen designed by Layla Palmer. A beadboard backsplash evokes a casual look to the space, and vintage hanging planters represent the weathered look often associated with coastal design.
Beach Glass and Wood Features
Glass-front cabinets make this kitchen feel more open because it reflects natural light. The weathered look of the kitchen peninsula is a natural element often associated with beach-inspired style. Designer Sarah Richardson chose a lighter wood for the ceiling to continue the open look.
Refreshing and Inviting
A modern farmhouse sink, mixed with contemporary furnishings, brings a lighthearted touch to this small kitchen designed by Regan Baker. A white color palette and open shelving keep things light and refreshing, and a custom Roman shade ties in turquoise accents found throughout the home.
A birdcage chandelier gives nod to the waterfowl associated with the beach. Bamboo chairs and a solid mahogany table bring natural touches, while a blue cotton area rug and sheer white draperies refresh the space.
Abundance of Natural Light
An open floor plan, reminiscent of the vast ocean, is a key element in coastal design. Designer Bruce Palmer took advantage of the abundance of windows by keeping the walls white to reflect more light. Wood furniture and accents bring natural elements to the space, and a glass bubble chandelier represents the water and seamlessly connects the kitchen to the adjacent living space. Construction by Dewson Construction; architecture by Barnardon Haber Holloway; photography by John Jenkins
Inviting Dining Space
Natural elements and a neutral color palette surround this open dining area. Textured furniture and walls epitomize a sandy beach while giving the feeling of a lived-in space. A capiz shell chandelier completes the coastal design. Design by Lisa Sherry
The rattan furniture in this neutral dining room instantly transforms the space into a casual place to dine with family and friends. Two carriage lights and white orchids bring warmth to the space, and wainscoting adds texture for a beachy feel. Regan Baker Design
The rattan furniture in this neutral dining room instantly transforms the space into a casual place to dine with family and friends. Two carriage lights and white orchids bring warmth to the space, and wainscoting adds texture for a beachy feel. Design by Darci Goodman
Add Some Shine
The light gray kitchen island creates a stark contrast against the dark wood flooring. The gray color palette enhances the gray-green color tones of the Calacatta marble countertop. The chrome light fixtures and hardware add shine to an otherwise casual kitchen. Design by Darci Goodman
Farmhouse Meets Coastal
Designer Anissa Swanzy paired white cabinets with a green farmhouse sink for a clean, crisp look that personifies ocean waves. White subway tiles and Carrera marble enhance the clean look, which is offset by a black kitchen island.
Minimalist Beach Design
An all-white color palette and sleek furniture are normally a nod to modern design, but the addition of fresh flowers and minimalist furnishings gives this space more of a simple beach look. The crisp color palette continues into the kitchen for a unified look. Design by Andreas Charalambous
Wicker baskets are a staple storage solution in coastal design. To further enhance the beach look, designer Anisa Darnell incorporated white open shelving, glass pendant lighting, and capiz and gold accents. Photography by Sarah Dorio
Beach-Style Table Setting
Rattan charger plates and an ocean-blue color palette implement reminders from the beach. This table setting by RMS user littlemissdoitall features a white hydrangea centerpiece and other simple elements for an easygoing feel.
Refreshing and Bright
The lemon color of the Roman shade represents sunshine and the sand, bringing an inspiring beach feel to this kitchen design by RMS user Biolau. A butcher-block countertop makes the space feel comfortable and earthy, while a light-blue backsplash is calming.