Whether or not you are fortunate enough to live near the ocean, creating a charming coastal kitchen is well within reach. From white kitchen cabinets to shiplap, let these waves of inspiration crash over you, as we show you how to effortlessly get the look you are dreaming of with subtle, summery hues, and a delightful dash of decorating know-how.
#1 Set Sail With A Serene Color Palette
From the paint on your walls, to the linens on your kitchen table, fill your kitchen with serene, soothing colors inspired by the beach. Pale neutrals are always in season, and fit the coastal theme beautifully. A coastal color palette includes sandy beige, sea glass green, sky blue, aquamarine, coral pink, and soft shades of sunny yellow. Sprinkle in some light gray, Navy blue, and crisp white for a touch of Nautical influence.
#2 Keep On The Sunny Side With Decor
White kitchen cabinets are open and airy, and are the ideal choice for a coastal kitchen. But with the right décor, even dark finishes can fit the theme, especially when paired with glass front doors, and lighter kitchen islands. Brighten things up with tasteful beach house décor, weathered wood furniture, and natural elements, such as sea grass chairs, natural fiber table runners, woven baskets, glass jars filled with seashells or sea glass, driftwood, and framed vintage seaside postcards. Adorn windows with bamboo Roman shades, linen drapes, or Plantation shutters, and let the sunshine in.
#3 Let Lighting Be A Beacon
Like a lighthouse shines it’s light for navigation, let the lighting in your kitchen be a beacon that calls attention to your coastal theme. Install pendant lights above kitchen islands or kitchen tables, in textured glass, brushed nickel, polished chrome, or oil rubbed bronze. Choose cabinet hardware to match, or throw caution to the wind with mixed metals, and both knobs and pulls in a simple, complimentary style. If you have an open concept kitchen, continue the coastal lighting look on lamps and fans in the great room.
#4 Get Ship Shape With Shiplap And Wood Floors
Tile is an excellent flooring option that is easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles suited to a coastal home. However, the most popular choice for flooring in coastal kitchens is wood with a natural, light brown or gray finish. And the wood doesn’t have to stop there. Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper, shiplap is making a splash in home décor. This simple, DIY wall treatment incorporates overlapping boards, and can add coastal character to your kitchen.
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