6 Kitchen Design Ideas To Keep In Mind If You Live In A Coastal City

Are you thinking of getting your kitchen remodeled and you live in a coastal city? You have come to the right place to look for inspiration!

Coastal kitchens are also called mellow beach kitchens or summer kitchens. Designing a coastal kitchen is more than just painting your cabinets blue and or walls white and it’s a rather tricky process. There are so many ways to do it and it is really important to look at possible options before you finalize your design.

Here are a few tips you can keep in mind to get yourself a perfect coastal kitchen:

1. Open Shelving With Beachy Colors

Coastal kitchens are characterized by beachy vibes and feeling light and airy. The best way to add some space to the kitchen is to replace some cabinets with open shelves.

Open shelves are not only great for organizing things but also provide a really light and airy feel to the kitchen.

A lot of people keep their shelves to their natural wooden textures but it doesn’t hurt to add a bit of color and have some drama going on in the kitchen! You can paint your shelves with beachy colors like blue or pastel! This will give a classic coastal touch to your space!

2. Modern Minimalistic Style

Another thing that characterizes a coastal kitchen is its simplicity.

Adding too much will kill the vibe of a mellow beachy kitchen. According to one of my favorite kitchen remodelers in New Haven County CT, the best way to keep things simple yet modern is minimalistic style with accent colors that aren’t too flashy and add just the right amount of texture to your kitchen.

You can add some blue/grey cabinets to your kitchen or a pretty light-themed backsplash to get things going.

Keeping the overall theme bright and airy will help set the tone for a coastal style kitchen and make the kitchen look elegant and modern while still being simple. Adding some rattan pendant lights also looks amazing in coastal style kitchens.

3. Beach Folding Furniture

Anyone who has been to a beach knows about the famous folding beach chairs.

Nothing says coastal more than coastal furniture. You can add some beach folding chairs to your island and get a beautiful nostalgic feel from your kitchen.

This is a really innovative way of adding a beachy touch to your style and will definitely make your kitchen stand out! You can pair the chairs with an island or just with a coffee table. It looks beautiful either way! 

You can also add some bistro chairs to your island or table and get a beautiful look for your kitchen! 

4. Subtle and Soothing Lighting

Lighting inside a coastal style kitchen is usually kept subtle and not too overpowering.

Lighting can play an important part in making or breaking the look of any kitchen. It is advised to use plenty of natural light in the kitchen, because what’s the point of a coastal theme if there’s no sunlight?! Keep a window or two in the kitchen or you can also add a skylight!

Skylights are trendy and modern and will definitely look great in a coastal kitchen.

You can highlight your key areas with some task lighting to make things easier when there isn’t enough natural light, or use accent lighting to make the subtle hues throughout the kitchen more prominent and eye-catching!

5. Paint Colors

Paint is perhaps the most important part of a coastal style kitchen.

Coastal kitchens are characterized by subtle hues that are inviting, warm, and appetizing. Although navy blue and grey are two really popular colors for this purpose, you can also use sea green, light beige, or subtle pink for this purpose and make your style stand out.

White and cream colors are popular bases and you can pair them with any subtle hue of your choice to get that perfect coastal kitchen! 

6. Contemporary Cabinets

When it comes to choosing cabinets, modern and contemporary styles are often the go-to option for coastal design.

You can use laminate or sleek hardwood cabinet structure or even the traditional cherry wood or maple. There is no defined rule to what your cabinets are supposed to look like but using this material will definitely make it look more beautiful and attractive.

You can paint them in any subtle hue, the most popular being navy blue. Or use any other color of your choice!

You can add some style to your coastal kitchen by some seaside themed decor like curtains or placemats that have a beachy style or sea life patterns.

Using actual seashells is also a great idea to decorate the space. Beach style kitchens are also often laced with artwork.

While artwork works for all kitchens, it always adds some extra aesthetic to the coastal styles. So when you start planning your kitchen remodel, you can use our tips to get that perfect coastal style kitchen you have always wanted!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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