Paint cabinetry a cool, sea-foam green for a look that’s as tantalizing as the waves outside. The soft ocean hue pops against bright-white walls. Replace drywall with vertical boards to underscore beach cottage appeal. Don’t forget what lies above. This punched-tin ceiling offers a change of pace with an unexpected material overhead.
Simple and understated, this look never goes out of style. Don’t go overboard―the warm tones and tactile appeal of natural wood make a big impact, especially in a tight space. In new construction, salvaged or reclaimed wood brings a sense of history and reduces the environmental impact. Finish off the look and hide utilitarian objects with a skirted curtain.
A no-frills design approach allows bold color to take center stage in this kitchen. Contemporary pendant lighting and sleek drawer pulls keep the look streamlined. Brushed-glass cabinet doors disguise what’s stored inside but etched letters serve a purpose. “I don’t know my way around the kitchen, so if I’m looking for pancake syrup, my wife Paige can say, ‘Look in cabinet C,’” says owner and architect Tim McNamara.
A blue-and-white scheme is a classic coastal look. But designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta turned tradition on its head in this refreshing kitchen. A coastal theme stenciled onto painted wood floors adds a playful touch, while wallpaper reminiscent of a picnic tablecloth personalizes the ceiling.
California-based designer Hilde Leiaghat gave this kitchen an extra helping of cottage charm. Beaded board, marble countertops, and retro appliances set the tone for a fresh, inviting space. “White makes an interesting backdrop for vintage appliances or accessories of any color,” Hilde says. The monochromatic palette paired with glass shelving makes even the smallest kitchen feel more spacious.
Architect turned shoe designer Tinker Hatfield designed this spunky space with an emphasis on the environment. Get this: The island is a handmade surfboard crafted from recycled wine vats! Exposed shelving provides a place to display glassware and maintains an open, airy feel. Formaldehyde-free cabinetry and doors, low-VOC paints, and Energy Star–rated kitchen appliances ensure that this kitchen is just as easy on the environment as it is on the eyes. “Good architecture doesn’t try to just copy the past, but contributes to the future,” Tinker says.