12 Beach House Kitchens

Coastal kitchens deserve their share of flavorful twists―from pastel pink appliances to splashy light fixtures. We give these cooking spaces five stars for originality and presentation.

Bamboo shades, creamy walls, limestone kitchen countertops and sandy wooden cabinets create a soft earthy feel to this beach kitchen.

Colleen Duffley

Natural Wonder

Choose neutrals for a palette that never goes out of style. Wood tones help balance the industrial appearance of stainless appliances and lend warmth to a room.

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Take inspiration from the sandy shores when selecting countertops. The earthy tones of concrete and limestone make them a perfect backdrop for bolder details.

A longboard surfboard gets a second lift as a kitchen island table top in this environmentally friendly kitchen.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Think Green

Design for the future without sacrificing style. Formaldehyde-free cabinetry and doors, low-VOC paints, Energy Star–rated appliances, and an island crafted from recycled wine vats ensure that this kitchen is as easy on the environment as it is on the eyes.

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Spice up the kitchen with a beach icon. This surfboard-style island is functional, funky, and definitively coastal.

In this beach kitchen, avocado green cupboards with frosted glass fronts have decorative letters etched into the top sections. Black countertops compliment green shades in the kitchen.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Easy as ABC

Letters etched into frosted-glass cabinet doors make rummaging easy for those who don’t know their way around the kitchen―just look behind door C for the cookies. Or make up your own labeling system and have fun with numbers or beach shapes.

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Bring some flash to the kitchen with a stainless steel backsplash. Available in sheets or as tiles, it perfectly complements commercial-grade appliances.

Pink refridgerator, stove and mixer complete this pastel kitchen with white walls and a light blue painted china cabinet.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Sweet Indulgence

Give your kitchen a look as delicious as your favorite dessert with a cheerful pastel palette. Custom-painted appliances stand out against a glossy white floor, while two-tone cabinetry introduces another style twist. Highlight the lower cabinet doors and drawers with light blue paint; let everything else be white.

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Go bold with colorful appliances and cabinet faces. Pastel hues make a statement without overwhelming the space.

Creamy vanilla kitchen cupboards with sea green kitchen accents (towel, lamp, kitchen chairs)

Tria Giovan

Colorful Highlights

Maintain a cohesive look by repeating an accent color in varying shades throughout your kitchen. Sea-green details―whether on painted floors, small appliances, light fixtures, or dishware―infuse the room with understated coastal flavor.

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Striped, polka-dot, or plaid, a painted floor pattern adds spunk to a plain-vanilla kitchen. If a checkerboard is your favorite design, try extra-large diamonds painted on the diagonal.

Reclaimed wood lines the walls of this kitchen with white cupboards and a red (and white) striped sink skirt

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Warm Walls

Simple and classic, wood walls and crisp white cabinetry never go out of style. Working with new construction? Get the look with reclaimed wood. It adds the character of age and reduces environmental impact. For an informal touch, hang café skirts in place of lower cabinet doors.

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Café skirts soften a rustic look. Choose a classic coastal pattern or colors for seaside style.

Cheerful acqua walls with a row of windows above the sink area with light yellow painted cabinets

Roger Davies

Savvy Details

In tight spaces, make smart use of wall space with slim plate racks instead of overhead cabinets. Opt for track lighting in lieu of bulky mounted fixtures, and leave small windows uncovered to let in light.

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Install pendants over the sink for fashionable task lighting.

large butcher block island in this kitchen doubles as a multifunctional work space as storage is built beneath it

Jean Allsopp

Live Large

Make the most of your kitchen’s square footage. Replace upper cabinetry with open shelving to keep the look airy, and coat the walls in white. (It’s the easiest way to make any room seem bigger.) Create a multifunctional work space: An island with a butcher-block top can be used as a prep area or a buffet table.

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Cover walls and lower cabinetry with louvered-shutter facing. It lends architectural interest and a strong dose of breezy island style.

marble kitchen countertops with white, beaded-board cabinets blend in with a vintage, retro oven

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Retro Chic

Give your kitchen an extra helping of cottage charm. Beaded board, marble countertops, and vintage appliances set the tone for a fresh, inviting space.

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Opt for a monochromatic palette, paired with glass-front cabinets, to make even the smallest kitchen feel more spacious.

wallpaper reminiscent of a blue and white checkered tablecloth lines the walls of this light, white kitchen

Tria Giovan

Classic Twist

Take the traditional blue-and-white scheme to a whole new level. A coastal motif stenciled onto painted wood floors adds a playful touch, while wallpaper reminiscent of a checkered tablecloth draws the eye upward to showcase an enviable cookware collection.

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Add height to your space by extending cabinetry all the way to the ceiling. Keep a step stool handy for top shelves.

a wide, built-in day bed serves as a window seat for the pets to relax while it adds extra seating in the kitchen for large family gatherings

Jean Allsopp

Take a Seat

Today’s kitchen often serves as a home’s primary gathering spot, so plan accordingly. Give family and guests (and pups!) a place to hang out with plenty of bar stools and a cozy built-in daybed. This wide window seat also adds smart storage to the space.

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To keep a neutral kitchen from going drab, add eye-catching framed art, substantial furniture, and colorful accessories.

Kitchen with acqua frosted glass cabinets and bright, patterned, hanging lampshades set against light tan counters and cabinets

Colleen Duffley

Pattern Panache

Instead of choosing veined countertops or busy wallpaper, try pattern in an unexpected place. Two oversize drum shades in a crewel-like print do wonders to spice up an otherwise neutral kitchen.

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Get the best of both worlds with frosted-glass cabinet faces. They have the less-bulky look of transparent glass with just enough opaqueness to hide anything you don’t want on display.

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