Coastal Kitchens

Bring the relaxed, laid-back feel of the beach into your cooking space with these ideas for coastal kitchen designs.

Kitchen with a Pass-Thru Backsplash

Kitchen with a Pass-Thru Backsplash

This contemporary kitchen, adjacent to the family room with a pass-through backsplash, offers convenience with openness. The whiteness of the cabinets and tile floor are balanced by the black appliances, wood floor and gray furnishings.

Photo by: Yvan Dubé

Yvan Dubé

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

7 Coastal-Inspired Kitchens

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Bright and Beachy

Blues in various textures and patterns make a bold splash, and starfish votive holders carry the beach theme through. Design by Bruce Palmer; photography by John Jenkins

Seaside Essentials

Weathered rattan chairs and sea-glass-toned dishware are all part of the vacation-house vibe. Crisp white cabinetry against pale blue walls reminds us of light clouds on a summer day. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Sandy Hues

If you're not a fan of the blues, you can certainly decorate a beach house with seagrass and sandy tones, as designer Lisa Sherry did in this coastal kitchen. The capiz-shell chandelier adds a soft beachy vibe.

Coastal Cabinetry

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

Bring Home the Beach

Nothing says "beach house" quite like white wicker chairs and a large painting with shoreline color. Design by Regan Baker Design

Oceanfront Oasis

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.

Tropical Vibe

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.

Coastal-Style Kitchens

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