So, you have made a considerable investment in a summer beach home for your family. It’s time to decorate it to enjoy the fruits of your labor when you spend holiday weekends or a week of relaxation in solitude.
One of the spaces you may need to spend extra time styling is your kitchen. Here, you’ll spend a lot of time creating mouth-watering and memorable meals for your loved ones. You can also have intimate conversations with your partner over coffee or a toast with the sun streaming on your bay windows.
Many coastal homes take inspiration from the design aesthetic of the rural and historical region of the Hamptons. This group of towns in the eastern end of Long Island, New York, has long been popular with celebrities and affluent people as a getaway where people spend lovely summers on spacious estates and frolicking along the white sand beaches and enjoying the salty ocean breeze.
If you plan to design or remodel your coastal home’s kitchen, you might want to try a Hamptons style kitchen, so you’ll feel the vibe of the Barefoot Contessa as you whip up a shrimp scampi and mix a whiskey sour for lunch. Here’s a list of ideas to help get you started with your kitchen remodeling:
1. Rattan Furniture
Rattan has been a trend for quite some time now. Its popularity has never wavered and attracts many designers and home decorators because of its versatility, classic appeal, and sophistication. A rattan counter chair with a soft nautical-style cushion paired with a navy blue or cream island with an elegant granite countertop will be a fresh and cozy take on a coastal home kitchen.
2. Open And Floating Shelves
Open shelves will not hide your backsplash design and provide a relaxed and symmetrical, somewhat rustic feel in your kitchen. In addition, adding open shelves will not dominate your walls. A few solid wood planks in blue, sea green, or sandy colors may be placed for decorative and functional purposes.
The planks may be held with gold brass support hardware or be hung from the ceiling. The open and floating shelves may be decorated with vintage kitchen accessories and a pot of pretty succulents for a simple but elegant beachy vibe.
3. Beach-Inspired Backsplash Tile Design
Your kitchen’s backsplash tile will somehow dictate the flow of your design. Though it won’t be the focal point of your kitchen, your subsequent design decisions will emanate from there. Moreover, there are many sea- and ocean-inspired backsplash tiles you may choose from. You can stick with classic lines, or you can be a little playful if you want and try these options:
- Gray scallop tiles
- White fish scale tiles
- Polished white marble accented with soft gray tiles
- Bold blue tiles
- Multi-colored mosaic tiles- ideally a combination of teal, gray, green, and sand-colored tiles
- White and blue mosaic tiles
- Seafoam green tile
- Bold turquoise tile
- Gray herring pattern tiles
Ocean-inspired tiles are a must for a coastal kitchen. They will make your cabinet color and design pop if you choose appropriately.
4. Glass Pendant Lights Wrapped In Rope
An accent piece you can never do without; rope-wrapped glass pendant lights will light up your kitchen island and is truly an epitome of coastal chic. When lit, these glass pendant lights wrapped in rope create a light, breezy look that will complement your other nautical accent pieces without being overwhelming. It’s reminiscent of fisherfolks in the olden days. The rope provides a texture to all the gloss and smoothness of the surfaces of your coastal kitchen.
5. Blue Kitchen Island
Your kitchen island is the focal point of the entire room, and here is where a lot of socialization and conversations occur over food. Besides that, when you hear the word blue, it’s a choice of the following:
- Soft gray-blue
- Navy blue
- Providence blue
Blue is a classic color that complements a lot of design accents. Predominantly, it will give your kitchen a coastal, fresh feel. Your cabinets may also inherit your kitchen island’s color for a more cohesive look. Or you may opt for a two-toned color to play it up a little.
The ambiance of your kitchen depends on your choice of shade. For instance, blue with an undertone of gray will make the kitchen look clean and streamlined, while powder blue gives a dose of sophistication and elegance, especially if matched with shiny hardware for handles and brackets.
6. White Bistro Counter Chairs
Your elegant kitchen island would look more luxurious with the addition of European-inspired white bistro counter chairs. These counter stools add charm and personality to the space, especially if you have the seats upholstered with coastal-inspired soft cushions, quite reminiscent of Martha Stewarts’ kitchen in her East Hamptons home.
A charming coastal home will not be complete without a functional kitchen. Additionally, a stylishly designed kitchen inspires a cook to do better. There’s something about the aesthetic of your surroundings that will make you inclined to create exceptional and sumptuous dishes. Everyone in the family will look forward to creating beautiful memories every holiday in your coastal home inspired by the Hamptons.