Add a Coastal Touch to Your Kitchen

A coastal style kitchen may seem like an oxymoron. When most think of a beach, they think of high tides, sand and surf. It seems counterintuitive to pair a beach house kitchen with a table made out of wrought iron or wood, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a beautiful coastal kitchen recently updated to mirror the coastal style so well.

White washed cabinets and a touch of soft gray met with a fresh pot of white and faux sand papered faux paisley loafers and small white shag rugs. The distressed look really brings the outdoors in and gives the “seascape” effect. Coastal touches are present in both large and small ways throughout the kitchen. Large windows for instance, are covered by large coastal style cabinets while large cabinets are accompanied by low cabinet lighting, which is a perfect setting for a sunset view.

Beach chairs and sun loungers add to the comfortable feel of this coastal style kitchen. With beach chair cushions, the chairs become more relaxed and take on a nature-based tone rather than a formal design. Low stained glass vases and sea shells line the shelves and the bathroom counter tops in the nautical theme. Natural materials, such as rattan and wood, line the walls and floors in the coastal style kitchen while wood doors and shutters were added to the entry hall and kitchen.

High end furnishings are the emphasis of the coastal style kitchen while low, earth toned cabinets provide the storage needed to keep the kitchen clutter-free and neat. Long, sleek bar stools, island tables, and even a loft table or seating area add to the upscale feel. Lacking the bulk of other kitchens, the coastal style kitchen has a much smaller living room.

In the coastal style kitchen, island bars and benches placed around the island provide a comfortable seating option while cooking and serving. The island bar serves as an additional counter for food preparation while allowing extra storage space behind the island. In addition to the island bar, open plan living rooms have open floor plans with no wall space whatsoever. These living rooms can hold a variety of island furniture items such as beach tables, beach couches, and beach chairs.

Coastal kitchens may have many interior design touches, but there is one thing that must be kept in mind throughout the design process. Colour scheme must be consistent throughout the space. Even though rooms are small, homeowners still want their colour scheme to pop out and create a unique atmosphere. In kitchens where a large amount of kitchen work surfaces is seen, creating a colour scheme that matches all of the different colours used in the rest of the house is a good way to create uniformity. For instance, coordinating the colours of the tiles used in the kitchen with the colour scheme on the outside of the house will ensure that every home will have a similar appearance.

Another subtle detail that adds to the coastal style of interiors is the use of natural textures. Rough or distressed wooden finishes are a popular choice because they help create a rustic, country feel without using harsh chemicals. Sanded wood is also a popular choice for the walls. This type of timber has a unique grain that helps it to age beautifully and gives it a unique texture. Other natural textures include stone and brick. These natural materials add a unique touch to the coastal kitchens, but they are not as attention grabbing as rough woods or sanded wooden finishes.

Glass pendant lights are a great detail to integrate into your coastal touch kitchen design. Pendant lights can be used on counter tops or hung from the ceiling to light the island bar. You can find different styles of glass pendants from art Deco to modern and will fit well with the coastal theme. The best part about glass pendant lights is that you can change the shade just by flipping the switch. To finish off your coastal touch kitchen design, adding a couple of beach chairs or sun loungers would be a great accent to the room. You can also make use of mats underneath the chairs to prevent them from getting damaged when it gets too hot or cold.