Especially when you’ve got the right accessories to give you great beach kitchen style!

Crashing waves, invigorating sunshine and the feeling of white sand between your toes. Beach living is something we can all aspire to – regardless of how far away from the coast we live. Getting the feeling at home doesn’t take too much effort either. Beach kitchens are a great way to bring the spirit of gracious and laid back living into your home.

Like all kitchen styles, coastal kitchens begin with a few basics: an open floor plan, lots of natural light and a place to hang out. Big windows should be free of treatments, or covered in sheer muslin allow warm breezes inside. To create places to chill out, consider adding a kitchen island circled by woven chairs, or a breakfast nook with banquette seating.

Once you have the basic structure sorted out, beach kitchens benefit from the right beach kitchen accessories and accents. To ensure your space is more sophisticated than seafood restaurant, eschew the fishing nets and starfish knick-knacks in favour of refined and practical elements.

Elements like the colour blue, in all of its forms. © nakedkitchens

Elements like the colour blue, in all of its forms. © nakedkitchens

Elements like the colour blue, in all of its forms. From the moody grey-green hues of Brittany, to the transparent turquoises of Fiji, there is no shortage of blues to choose from. To get the most out of the colour, either use it as an accent to a white space, or welcome it fully by drenching your kitchen in the colour from floor to ceiling.

Beadboard cabinetry is another way beach kitchens stay natural, but polished. Cool and classic, the tactile nature of beadboard cabinetry is the ideal storage solution for casual coastal kitchens. For the Cape Cod look, paint them white and keep things natural by installing hardware made of light and unpolished stone.

Finally, consider including a smattering of cool beach kitchen accessories. That is how beach kitchens separate themselves from the rest. To make palm fronds tasteful, cover your end dining chairs in a bold white and green palm print. Committing to a turquoise colour scheme for your small appliances brings the surf inside. Hurricane lamps, filled with sand and thick white candles, or hanging from the ceiling as pendant lights, add a nautical edge. Driftwood, in all of its stunning and naturally occurring formations, brings an organic feeling to coastal kitchens.

Consider including a smattering of cool beach kitchen accessories. That is how beach kitchens separate themselves from the rest. © Donald Murphy

Consider including a smattering of cool beach kitchen accessories. That is how beach kitchens separate themselves from the rest. © Donald Murphy

Add one element, or them all. Are you feeling the good vibrations yet?