Coastal Kitchens – Beach House Coastal Kitchen Design

When you think of beach house kitchens, what comes to mind? For many people, beach house coastal kitchen designs are open and airy, light and inviting. Boasting colors of neutrals like white, cream, and gray in addition to cool blues, coastal kitchens bring to mind the ocean and the beach with their water-tone colors. If you’re looking for a way to create a beach-inspired kitchen in your home, this post is for you! In the article below, there are 11 gorgeous ideas for creating airy coastal kitchens that will inspire you to design your very own oasis by the sea!

When it comes to beach house kitchens, one of the most important things to consider is the color palette. As mentioned above, coastal colors are typically light and airy with a hint of blue. This color scheme not only creates a relaxing atmosphere but also makes the space feel larger and more open. If you’re not sure which colors to use, we recommend starting with a white or light gray base and adding in accent colors of blue and green.

Let’s take a look at some ideas for creating a beautiful coastal kitchen!

11 Coastal Kitchens and Ideas for Getting the Look

White Coastal Kitchens

via MMI Design

What makes a coastal kitchen? In addition to light colors, beachy kitchens often incorporate natural materials like light-toned wood and glass. This transitional beach house kitchen by MMI Design features white cabinets, a marble backsplash, and a contrasting blue kitchen island. The result is a beautiful and inviting space that feels like it’s right on the beach!

White cabinetry is a modern coastal kitchen staple. White kitchen cabinets are light and bright giving the space that open, beachy feel. They make the perfect base for a white coastal kitchen. Paired with marble countertops and blue or green accents, white cabinets can really make your beach house kitchen pop!

Beachy Backsplash

Coastal Kitchen with beachy backsplash and hardwood floors.
via Carson Speer

Mimic the ocean colors with a seaglass-looking backsplash. Glass tile backsplash in water tones look beach inspired and beautiful in beach house kitchens. The coastal kitchen above has a beautiful ceramic tile backsplash in the colors of sea glass which creates the most serene kitchen space that reminds you of being seaside. You can get a similar look by using glass tiles in blues, greens, and whites.

Blue Painted Kitchen Island

White and blue beach kitchen. Coastal kitchen with pendant lighting
via White Sands Design

A large kitchen island is great for a beach house because you create a dining area in the kitchen. One idea for designing a modern coastal kitchen is to add a splash of color to a kitchen island. A blue kitchen island in a white kitchen is a perfect mix of colors for a beach house kitchen. It creates a beautiful contrast and breaks up all of the white. You can use a softer blue for a more coastal farmhouse kitchen space and a rich, navy blue for modern coastal kitchens. In the kitchen above, designed by White Sands Design, the rich blue is offset beautifully by the light wood floors and white kitchen cabinets.

Woven Pendant Lighting

Coastal Kitchen with white and blue cabinets and bar seating.
via Deco Designs

Common staples in coastal kitchens are woven textures. Woven pendant lighting is one of my favorite ways to add a little coastal style to a kitchen. You can find gorgeous pendant light fixtures at all price points so it won’t be difficult to find the perfect lighting for your beach house kitchen. Two or three woven pendants above your island is a nice way to add textured coastal decor to your seaside kitchen. 

Beach House Striped Sisal Rugs

coastal kitchen decorating blue and white kitchen
via Chango & Co

Another beach kitchen idea is to add more woven textures with sisal or seagrass rugs and runners. These rugs are neutral in color and add a beachy texture to any kitchen. Sisal fiber rugs are perfect for beach house kitchens because they can handle a lot of foot traffic and wear and tear. They are so great because you can just shake out the sand and they are like new again!

Neutral Paint Colors

Beach House Pendant lights.  Coastal Decorating ideas.
via Jessica Sara Morris

If you want to create a coastal kitchen that feels beachy but modern, consider white walls or other light-neutral paint colors on the walls. This will help brighten the space and make it feel more open. You can accessorize your kitchen with beach decor and wood accents.

Natural Wood Beams

modern white kitchen with wood accents. Coastal kitchen  decorating with wood
via Christina Kim Interior Design

If you want to add a touch of coastal farmhouse style or a more rustic coastal vibe to your beach kitchen, consider adding natural wood beams to the ceiling. This is a great way to add some architectural interest and charm and gives an old rustic beach house kitchen vibes to your space.

Scalloped or Fish Scale Backsplash

For a beach house kitchen with a little more personality, try using a fish scale or scallop backsplash. This type of backsplash can be found in glass tile or ceramic and adds a fun pop of pattern to your space. This is also an opportunity to inject some color into your space. Fishscale backsplash tiles are the perfect beachy backsplash for coastal kitchens.

Woven Seat Counter Stools

Blue and white beach house coastal kitchen design
via Donna Guyler

Something about islands and counter stools screams coastal kitchen to me. Beach house coastal kitchen design calls for bistro-style counter stools. They are perfect for beach kitchens because they are durable and easy to clean. The woven texture adds a coastal feel. Other options for coastal kitchen barstools are anything with a woven seat or rattan material. 

Blue Kitchen Cabinets  

blue and white beach kitchen with seating area
via Bright Bazaar

If white coastal kitchens are classic then blue cabinets in a beach house kitchen are whimsical! If white coastal kitchens aren’t your favorite beach house kitchen design, consider painting your cabinets in a light blue hue or turquoise if you’re feeling adventurous. Blue-painted cabinets are one of the more modern coastal kitchen ideas. It has a more custom feel and is a unique way to design a beach kitchen.

Coastal Kitchens Shiplap Walls 

beach house pendant lights. COastal kitchen decorating ideas.
via Jill Howard

Shiplap walls are one of the most popular beach house kitchen ideas. Whether it’s for a coastal farmhouse kitchen or a modern coastal kitchen, shiplap walls work well in seaside coastal kitchen design. They add character, texture, and charm and can be done in a variety of ways. You can DIY shiplap walls or use reclaimed wood for a more rustic beach kitchen vibe. You can even add shiplap as a backsplash in your kitchen. It’s a great way to add texture to the beach house kitchen.

Open Shelving Coastal Kitchens

If you want to add a beachy feel to your kitchen, consider using open shelving. Open shelving is perfect for beach house kitchens because it allows you to display all of your beautiful beachy dishes and glassware. It also makes your kitchen feel more open and airy which is perfect for coastal kitchens. With open shelving, consider painting the shelves a neutral color or a soft blue like the photo above.

These are just a few beach house kitchen ideas to get you started! coastal kitchens are all about mixing and matching different design elements to create a space that is unique to you. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to add your own unique spin on coastal kitchen decor!

Adding any of these design elements to your beachy kitchen will help create the perfect coastal oasis in your home!

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