Beachy Vibes & Coastal Kitchen Designs for 2023

Taking yourself on a beach house vacation can sometimes be a cheat code to amp up your mental health. Interiors with an open, beachy feel and coastal design style decor are just what the doctor ordered. Interior designers who specialize in coastal spaces told us about the most important colors, design features, and styling tips to keep in mind when designing your coastal kitchen. Pro tip: Your house doesn’t need to be on a beach for it to be decorated like one.

The goal of coastal kitchen designs is to create a serene and casual space where you can enjoy the calming vibes of the beach. By incorporating elements that evoke the sea and utilizing a light color palette, natural materials, and nautical accents, you can transform your kitchen into a coastal oasis that invites relaxation and embodies the coastal lifestyle.

Coastal Design Types

Achieving a coastal look in your kitchen is all about creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere that evokes the feeling of being by a body of water. Well, what kind of coastal water are we talking about here?

  • Cottage Chic – Think Cape Cod or SoCal with a pinch of rustic farmhouse
  • Tropical – Think Key West and Barbados
  • Nautical Sailor – It’s hard not to think about a good-looking Navy Sailor
  • Mediterranean – Think Italy and Greece

Cottage Chic

A style with simple and understated design elements, and a focus on natural materials such as wood and wicker. Inside, cottage chic decor features beadboard walls and ceilings, comfortable furnishings, and vintage and antique accessories.

coastal cape code kitchen

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coastal kitchen designs

Tropical Beach

I can hear it now… Mambo #5 is playing, and I need a little bit of ‘Rita. Margaritas, Mai Tais or Mojitos will never taste as good as when you are in a tropical kitchen. Vivid colors and exotic elements will bring your kitchen straight to the oceanfront! That is the best part about opting to design your kitchen with a tropical beach theme, the color schemes give you plenty of options.

tropical beach kitchen

Design Inspiration

Mixing corals, turquoise blues, yellows, and too many bright colors can turn your tropical oasis into a gaudy nightmare. These colors are quite inconsistent across all of the decor brands. Pro tip: Whichever main paint color you go with, keep a paint swatch with you anytime you are shopping for kitchen goodies. 

Nautical Sailor

nautical design inspiration

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 Coastal Mediterranean

Whether you are feeling more ‘Spanish Riviera’, ‘Greek Goddess’, or ‘Italiano Contemporary’ the details are intricate and contemporary. A Tuscan feel, without looking like a cheesy restaurant, is the look we are going for here. 

beach kitchen inspiration

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Final Thoughts

You don’t have to get super literal to create a beach or coastal kitchen look.  That doesn’t have to mean seashell or anchor designs everywhere, but if you want to get a bit more on the nose, you can totally do that too! I think there is nothing wrong with a perfectly placed coral display!

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