A home that serves up year-round vacation vibes? Count us in. A coastal-style kitchen offers relaxed yet refined style no matter where your home happens to be. If you’re a day’s drive (or more) from the beach, a coastal kitchen can capture the essence of your favorite destination. And in a beach or lakefront home, you can reflect the beauty of your outdoor surroundings through carefully considered materials and coastal décor.
There are a number of ways to pull off the coastal look, from East Coast classic to California casual and everything in between. Coastal kitchen elements that are always on trend include organic textures, fresh greenery, natural wood or white kitchen cabinets, brass accents, natural stone countertops, pops of blue, and a serene palette of neutrals. We’ve curated some of our favorite coastal kitchen ideas to help your next home project set sail.
California casual palette
We love the relaxed Cali vibes of this coastal kitchen moodboard, with blonde woods, rich greenery, soothing blues, and subtle texture. Summerhill countertops pair beautifully with a range of neutrals. These creamy white quartz countertops feature soft-gray veins and dramatic swirls, reminiscent of cloudy skies, shoreline pebbles, and white-sand beaches. See this design paired with blue cabinetry for a coastal farmhouse look in our round-up of favorite kitchen island ideas.
A nod to the nautical
This moodboard offers up a nautical flair, with stormy grays, rich navy prints, chevron patterns, and crisp linens. You can almost hear the crashing waves on a rocky coastline when you pair Seagrove countertops with this palette of neutral greens, grays, and blues. If you’re inspired by the Atlantic aesthetic of the Hamptons or Cape Cod, these pairings are a fresh way to capture that East Coast charm.
Sophisticated and soothing retreat
This versatile palette of soft, soothing shades is ideal for creating subtle coastal style. Galloway countertops are the perfect blend of sand and sea, with greige and taupe tones and a touch of sparkle. We love how they pair with a range of earth tones, perfect for a beachy cottage, cabin, or lake home. Add pops of light blue, knotted patterns, and woven fabrics to infuse further color and texture into your coastal kitchen space.
4 effortless coastal kitchens
Buttoned-up and beachy, this refined coastal kitchen from Bright.Bazaar pairs Torquay Matte countertops with two-tone cabinetry and brass accents. These white quartz countertops are an ideal marble alternative and provide classic contrast to the coastal blues and grays in this style blogger’s East Coast beach house. See this kitchen’s amazing before-and-after and find out why Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar is one of our favorites to follow. See more ideas for pairing navy cabinets with Cambria in our roundup of blue kitchen ideas.
This dreamy open kitchen epitomizes California cool with a striking Oakmoor kitchen island, mint green cabinets, warm woods, matte black pendants, and brass hardware. A waterfall edge for the kitchen island brings out every wave of the breathtaking quartz countertops. With white and sandy-beige tones and sweeping movement that emulates wood grain, Cambria Oakmoor is at home in any coastal kitchen.
A taste of the tropics
With sea-blue swirls and soothing sandy tones, Cambria Kelvingrove is perfect for bringing a coastal color palette to life. This Gulf Coast kitchen pairs Kelvingrove countertops with turquoise cabinets on the island and white kitchen cabinets as the perimeter. A glossy tile backsplash evokes the texture and sheen of sea shells for an added coastal touch. See more colorful Gulf Coast style in our spotlight on designer Vern Yip’s Florida beach home and get additional coastal ideas in our blue kitchen roundup.
Relaxed lake-house style
Ella countertops provide stunning marble movement in this crisp and clean lake house kitchen renovation. These white quartz countertops from Cambria are durable, stain resistant, and maintenance free, making them a superior choice to marble for cabins, cottages, and any coastal kitchen. Wood and white cabinets, sky-blue industrial pendants, glass subway tile, and nautical décor complete the look.
Find out which of these coastal spaces were among the most-liked Instagram pictures we shared. Discover more coastal kitchen ideas in Cambria Style magazine, including this modern farmhouse with a California twist and gorgeous Hamptons-inspired home, as well as on our Pinterest boards: Style Curator: Coastal and Coastal Living.
Looking for coastal bathroom ideas to complete your space? Check out our round-up on blue bathrooms for plenty of beachy retreat ideas.