Bring the relaxed, laid-back feel of the beach into your cooking space with these ideas for coastal kitchen designs.
If surf, sand and sunny days sound like music to your ears, then the coastal-inspired kitchen might be the perfect design style for your cooking space. Coastal kitchen designs rely on ocean-blue accessories, crisp white cabinets, and beach-themed patterns and artwork with a nautical flavor.
Light anigre-wood cabinets contrast with stainless steel in this modern, coastal kitchen. The curved drawer fronts reference the waves just beyond the windows. Design by architect McKee Patterson, AIA; photography by Chichi Ubina
If you are lucky enough to have unobstructed views of the beach, you can keep the colors neutral and let Mother Nature speak for herself. TMS Architects designed a kitchen floor plan that doesn't compete with the views.
Designer Mollyanne Sherman gave this coastal kitchen an eco-friendly design with bamboo cabinets and Paperstone counter tops. Walls in a deep-sea turquoise evoke an ocean ambiance. Photography by Treve Johnson
While light wood cabinets are certainly an option in the coastal kitchen design, white cabinetry tends to be more common for this breezy kitchen style. Choose glass-front doors to reflect natural light, and accent the cabinets with a mixed blue mosaic backsplash.
A kitchen island or peninsula made from weathered reclaimed wood is also a fitting piece for a coastal kitchen, as is a glass bubble chandelier that mimics the water that is often not far from view in a classic beachfront home. Incorporate other natural elements like wicker baskets, bamboo pub-style seating and plenty of white accents, like a pure white marble countertop.
Accessories in a coastal kitchen are often made from understated blue, pale yellow, white and green, including blue glassware, fresh green plants, and pale yellow dish towels or place settings.
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