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Bring the Beach Home: A Guide to Creating a Coastal Kitchens

Are you dreaming of breezy summer days and white sand beaches? Do you wish for the sound of waves lapping against the shore instead of your alarm clock? While we can’t take you to a coastal paradise, we can bring a little bit of that beachy feeling right into your kitchen. With just a few simple tweaks here and there, you can transform any space into an oasis that brings all the charm of being at the beach right in–for no travel necessary!


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Let us show you how with our guide on creating cozy coastal kitchens. From color schemes to accessories, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to turn your everyday kitchen into something out-of-this-world special. Get ready; it’s time to make some magic!

Start with the Walls – Decorate with Coastal Wallpaper or Paint

Imagine stepping into a breezy, sunlit room filled with the soothing colors of the seaside and the faint scent of salt in the air, instantly transporting you to your favorite coastal destination. That’s the charm of a coastal kitchen, and the first step in creating this dreamy space is to start with the walls.


Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant hues of coastal wallpaper or the calming tones of coastal paint, your walls will lay the foundation for the perfect ocean-inspired escape right in your home. Bring on the waves of whimsy with intricate sea-life patterns, or make a splash with bold stripes reminiscent of a classic beach umbrella.



Alternatively, you can also achieve coastal serenity through soothing paint shades like a dusty blue or soft coral. Whichever direction you choose, each wall will serve as a canvas, gently caressing the memories of sandy toes and sun-kissed shores, eagerly awaiting the arrival of more coastal magic in your kitchen.

Choose the Right Flooring for a Beachy Vibe

A key element in achieving this tranquil aesthetic is selecting the perfect flooring. By carefully considering your options, you can create a durable and stylish foundation for your beach-inspired culinary retreat. Think about natural materials, like stone, that evoke memories of peaceful shorelines, or driftwood-style laminate that brings the charm of found treasures.


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Hardwood kitchen flooring adds a luxurious look to any interior.

Alternatively, you could opt for a crisp, white tile that reflects the sun’s rays just like the ocean’s surface. Don’t forget to consider practical aspects, such as ease of cleaning and resistance to water damage, which are essential in a coastal setting. Ultimately, the right flooring will be your first step in transforming your kitchen into a stunning, beach-inspired sanctuary where you can almost hear the waves lapping at the shore.

Update Your Cabinets for a Summery Feel

One crucial element for achieving that breezy, summery feel is updating your kitchen cabinets. By incorporating elements reminiscent of a beachside getaway, you can transform your kitchen into a peaceful oasis where you’ll love to cook and dine.


Two effective ways to achieve this are by selecting a color palette that embraces the coastal theme and opting for cabinet designs that emulate the essence of the shore. Think about bright white shaker cabinets, and perhaps even incorporate some natural wood finishes, like weathered driftwood.


Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker Kitchen Collection with Island, Wood Hood, and Wall Microwave Cabinet
Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker Kitchen Collection with Island, Wood Hood, and Wall Microwave Cabinet


As you continue your journey in creating a coastal paradise, pay attention to the smaller details, such as the cabinet handles, which can further enhance the aesthetics of your space. By channeling the beauty of the ocean and the tranquility of the beach, you can create a truly spectacular coastal-inspired kitchen that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed each and every day.

Incorporate Natural Elements in Your Kitchen Design

Another key ingredient is the inclusion of natural elements. Begin by choosing a cool color palette, perhaps inspired by the shades of the beach – soft sands, tranquil blues, and subtle greens. Opt for materials like reclaimed wood, natural stone countertops, and nautical-themed fabrics for furnishings and window treatments.


Accessorize with an array of seashells, driftwood, and other items you’ve collected during beach combing excursions. Consider incorporating live plants, such as succulents or air plants, to infuse a sense of life and energy into the space. By balancing these organic components, you’ll master the art of achieving a harmonious coastal-inspired kitchen – a serene place where you can almost hear the waves crash and taste the salty air as you sip your morning coffee.


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Add Some Seaside Accessories to Finish It Off

Apart from selecting ocean-inspired colors, textures and materials, it’s those little, thoughtful seaside accessories that can truly finish off the design and transport you to a breezy beachside haven. Picture adding nautical accents such as driftwood, seashells, or rope decorations to your shelves and countertops. Imagine incorporating ocean-themed artwork, vintage marine navigation equipment or ceramic sea creatures to your walls to complement your coastal concept.



Tips and Tricks for Making Your Coastal Kitchens Feel Like the Beach All Year Round

One way to make your coastal kitchen feel like the beach all year round is to incorporate natural elements into your design. Utilize materials such as wood, stone and shells for a classic beachy look. Incorporate texture with jute rugs or sisal mats, and consider incorporating rustic furniture pieces made from reclaimed materials.


Bring in elements of nature by adding plants to give your kitchen a natural, welcoming feel. Hang glass jars filled with beach sand and small pebbles on the wall for added texture, or use driftwood as a unique decorative piece – it can even be used as shelves!



Incorporate colors that mimic those of the ocean and sky – pale blues, sandy tans and bright whites – throughout your kitchen design. If you’re feeling adventurous, go bold with tropical patterns or stripes on curtains, tablecloths or towels.


To add an additional coastal touch to your kitchen, accessorize with sea-inspired items like starfish-shaped soap dishes or seashell canisters. For an extra special touch, put up vintage photographs of the shoreline around your kitchen area for a timeless look that will take you back every time you enter the room.

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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