7 coastal kitchen ideas, and not a shell in sight

Photography by Lisa Cohen/Bauer Media

You can see the signs of a loved one coastal house in the kitchen: a bread drawer filled with slices of sourdough, cupboards overflowing with colored glasses, fruit piled high on the work surface. This space needs to be worked on so we can play just as hard in the water without feeling hungry. And since we spend a lot of time here preparing snacks for guests, it’s important to always feel connected to the outdoors. This is what upcoming coastal cuisines do so well. No cheesy nautical decor (no “The best memories are made at the beach” sign here), these seven spaces capture the feeling of being on vacation.

Coastal Cuisine of the Jersey Shore

seagrass and oak cabinets

Photography by Amy Batog and Jessica Canovas

woven pendants on the dining table

Photography by Amy Batog and Jessica Canovas

For this U shape New Jersey Cuisine, OAK design project chose polished white oak cabinets — a handful of them feature seagrass inserts that remind you the ocean isn’t far away. In the breakfast area, a glass wall allows the sun to filter through the small space while serving as an acoustic barrier and backrest for the built-in bench.

Old-fashioned coastal cuisine

farmhouse island with black and white kitchen floors

Photography by Nicole Franzen

Open storage isn’t just a trend today: people have been storing their plates and cups out in the open for centuries. Honor this house in Charleston, South CarolinaDrawing on 1830s roots, designers at Basic Projects made room for an expansive plate rack and mug clips that hang against a Delft-inspired backsplash. Floating shelves across the room serve a more decorative purpose: they support leaning seascape art.

Coastal cuisine designed for a sea captain

navy blue kitchen with rebate

Photography by Kara Mercer

At the launch of this project, the designer Keri Petersen » asked a very specific question, prompted by the portrait of a sailor: “What if we designed a house for this sea captain? It was an ideal starting point, given that the Seattle home is located near Puget Sound. With both his real and imagined client in mind, Petersen chose Benjamin Moore’s brooding character. Washington Blueunlacquered brass hardware, vertical shiplap, and leathered granite countertops that resemble rough seas.

The baby blue coastal kitchen

dusty kitchen

Photograph by Thomas Richter

striped dining room bench

Photograph by Thomas Richter

Invisible view editor-in-chief Jill Singer’s Dusty Blue Kitchen (painted in color Foggy) was not inspired by water but rather by that of the founders of Ganni The Copenhagen House. Its creators White arrow I saw something nostalgic in the hue, so they kept the retro vibe with sliding top doors and a cabana-striped dining bench cushion.

Clever coastal cuisine

dining table next to a shaded concrete wall

Courtesy of Kip & Co.

The pride and joy of the Australian designer Alex McCabe’s Beach House is the kitchen island made from poured colored concrete, layered to have an ombre effect. But actually, we think it looks like liquid sand art.

Coastal cuisine worthy of Wes Anderson

pink and green coastal kitchen

Photography by Hannah Puechmarin

Local fishermen consider Emma Read and Sarah Hall’s beachside cabin in Adelaide, Australia, a landmark for local sailors. For what? It’s pink (outside and inside)! The sisters complemented the warm palette with seafoam green flooring and candy cane striped pillows.

Rustic coastal cuisine

rustic kitchen with white subway tiles

Photography by Chris Court

The only white room Sibella CourtIt is moody seaside house it’s cooking, but that doesn’t mean it lacks drama. The founder of The Company Inc. designed the extended neck drawer pulls in collaboration with his blacksmith. Other blackened steel finds, like utensil racks, help spice up the sleek subway tile backsplash.

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