6 Recipes for Coastal Kitchen Design
Bring that beach-vacation feeling home with these style ingredients.
It doesn’t matter if you live by the beach, in the city or in the countryside; elements of a beach lifestyle can be brought home with one of these recipes for success.
Coastal Kitchen 1: Gresley Abas Architects, original photo on Houzz
1. Industrial Coastal
●Cool, polished concrete floors with a chunky aggregate
●A good dose of casual modern style with plywood cabinetry
●Closed cabinets combined with open shelving to balance the weight of the wood
Method: Start with your choice of wood cabinetry and concrete flooring, then mix in black metal elements to add edge. Serve a colorful geometric backsplash on the side.
Description for your interior designer: Clean lines, open, minimalist.
Coastal Kitchen 2: Join Constructions, original photo on Houzz
2. Modern Ocean Views
●Materials and finishes in a limited color palette
●Light wood tones to create a beachy vibe
●Workstations such as the sink and stove facing any views
●Built-in outdoor dining table. This is a clever way of creating virtually seamless lines, allowing the view to take center stage
Method: Take inspiration from nature. Go for a beach walk to draw in the colors of bleached driftwood and white sand. Implement these into your mixture with a dash of contrasting colors such as ironstone to ground the palette.
Description for your interior designer: Light wood, natural palette, straight lines.
Coastal Kitchen 3: Wideline Windows & Doors, original photo on Houzz
3. Coastal Calming Blues
●Soft blues, borrowed from the underside of a seashell or a duck egg
●Fresh whites and pastel grays that work well with calming blues
Method: Work in soft blues with midtone woods to add contrast. If you are hungry for impact, go for a soft blue cabinet color, or start small by painting a furniture piece, such as a hutch or kitchen stool, in this serene color. It’s better to underdo than overdo a soft blue tone. Keep the tone to one or two selected areas.
Description for your interior designer: Soft, elegant, breezy, cool.
Coastal Kitchen 4: Live by the Sea Photography, original photo on Houzz
4. Fresh White
●Lots of white
●Cabinetry in the same color as the surrounding walls to unify the kitchen with the rest of the house
●Cabinets that run up to the ceiling, to enhance the sense of spaciousness
Method: Mix a little warmth into a fresh all-white palette with wood. From there, add your favorite colors as garnishes.
Description for your interior designer: Clean, white, fresh, calming.
Coastal Kitchen 5: Richard Whitbread, original photo on Houzz
5. Classic Coastal
●Marble countertops, a timeless classic for a coastal home
●A white-and-black color palette, for a foolproof interior that will never date
●Greenery to soften the contrasting neutrals. A key plant for classical coastal kitchens is Monstera deliciosa
●Classic midcentury furniture pieces to add charm
Method: Throw in some fun patterns to break up blocks of black and white, while keeping within a monochromatic color scheme.
Description for your interior designer: Understated, uncluttered, timeless, light.
Kitchen 6: Carole Tretheway Design, original photo on Houzz
6. Laid-Back Beach
●Pared-back style with lots of fresh white
●Wooden accents. Pendant lights are a must.
Method: All white doesn’t have to be boring. Add texture through wall paneling and exposed rafters for interest.
Description for your interior designer: Minimalist, bright, clean, casual.