9 Breezy Island Kitchens
Smaller but Smarter
Clever design tricks make even a narrow galley kitchen seem surprisingly roomy. Homeowner Trish Becker wisely installed smaller-than-standard appliances into her renovated Harbour Island, Bahamas, cottage (see the whole home here) to save countertop space in the busiest room of the house. The cypress walls and cabinetry are painted bright white, and the simple open shelves are furnished simply for an airy feel. Antique nautical maps, model sailboats, and seagrass accents (an easy runner and a wrapped vase), give the room a laidback island feel.
After completely gutting a malnourished kitchen in Key West (tour the entire cottage here), designer Johnathon Hoenscheidt introduced crisp white cabinets, Carrara marble, and stainless steel appliances to better accommodate the needs of homeowner, who is a professional chef. The backsplash glass tiles reflect the cool blue shades of the pool that’s only steps away from the breezy kitchen.
Pretty in Pink
Petite pine cabinets outfitted with panels made from roofing tin get an exuberant facelift with a coat of pink paint in this Jamaican kitchen (tour the whole house here). “P is for pots and pans; G is for garbage," homeowner and hotelier Sally Henzell says, and laughs. "There's one with B for brooms, but there aren't any brooms in it!" Above the tiny stove, a shuttered window opens to a view of the sea. A cheeky “off duty” sign and bright fruit carvings add whimsy to the space.
In this Harbour Island, Bahamas, home (see the rest of it here), Nassau-based designer Amanda Lindroth created a kitchen that is a vision in white, wood, and statement-making wallpaper. "Mahogany countertops give the kitchen age, and fit in better than the sleekness of stone. I also try to work in a few fun elements to add character, like the palm wallpaper and wicker elephants, to balance the sheen of the appliances." Glass pendant lights, reminiscent of vintage bottles, flank the sink.
Go Au Naturel
With sea views from a mountaintop villa in St. Barts, a Danish couple honed in on the simplicity of West Indies style with statement-making whicker pendants and black-mahogany cabinets contrasting against the crisp white interior. Tip: adding glass cabinet fronts and painting the interior white makes the perfect showcase for collectables.
Back to Basics
Simple concrete floors and countertops look rustic yet refined against the brilliant white walls and locally sourced cabinets. Homeowner Sophie Eyssautier added regional flare to her Jamaican dine-in kitchen with a vintage sign sporting local Red Stripe beer typography. (We’ll drink to that find!)
As a nod to traditional Jamaican style, designer Meg Braff installed ocean blue and palm green mosaic tiles on the kitchen backsplash to spice up the popular space. As for local—and inexpensive!—art work, Meg looked no further than the foliage rooted on the property, which she matted in streamlined frames over the sink.
Antique maps of Vieques Island anchor this minimalist kitchen on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico (tour the whole home here). The designer and homeowner Ray Booth opted for simple open shelving, thick concrete countertops, and sleek stainless steel appliances. The floors throughout the home are made of concrete that’s been poured and stuccoed. The couple punctuated the home with textiles, rugs, and artwork that bring out the greens and blues of the palms and sea.
Rich turquoise walls bring glad tidings into designer Barry Dixon’s St. Barts kitchen thanks to their ocean-like hue that go swimmingly with the cobalt stove and teak cabinets. For a touch of island texture, Barry commissioned teak cabinets topped with 3-inch-thick countertops made from crushed local volcanic rock. The striped Roman shade adds just the right amount of French Country flair.