Love coastal kitchens? We have a new source of inspiration for you. Nope, it's not Instagram, not Pinterest, not your friend's enviable houses, it's holiday sites. Yep, when you are booking your next staycation (or even if you aren't planning a holiday) have a scroll through all the gorgeous properties and just get inspired.
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We have recently discovered Luxury Coastal. Obviously, it's filled with lovely properties by the sea you can book, but it's also just a wonderful place to get some interior tips. We thought we would put all our drooling and scrolling time to good use and round up the loveliest coastal kitchens we have found to get you inspired. And the best bit is, you can book to stay in these dreamy homes too!
Done? We have a whole gallery of beach house interiors for you to peruse too if you want more coastal inspo.
1. Create a DIY panelled island
We love how coastal kitchens mix in loads of different natural materials – usually wood – it creates such a laid back relaxed vibe. In a kitchen, there are so many ways to bring in wooden elements from larger jobs like the floors and worktops just small things you can do instantly like adding rustic wooden shelves or accessories.
We love this DIY idea of covering an island in wooden planks – you can pick up really nice pieces of planned wood in hardware stores super cheap too. Then depending on the design on your island it could just be a case of carefully nailing them on.
If you want to book this cottage and check it our for yourself, it's called The Old School House in Cornwall and sleeps three.
2. Paint your kitchen cupboards a lovely sea blue
Oooh how gorgeous is this blue kitchen? Obviously so perfect for its coastal location in St. Ives, and love that pop of orange from the bar stools as a contrast. You can recreate this look yourself in your current kitchen by painting your kitchen cabinets. It's actually a really easy DIY job that you can do in a weekend to add a lovely beach look to your kitchen.
This dreamy cottage is called Wella, definitely worth checking out the rest of the property, so cool and artistic. It sleeps four.
3. Mix up the layout in a small coastal kitchen
Again, love the light wood that's been mixed into this small kitchen and again, something you could really easily add into your current space. If you have a U-shaped kitchen or even an L-shaped kitchen and have the room you could add on a very simple wooden bar – almost like an island but not in the centre of the kitchen, ideal for adding extra surface space and a place to perch.
This lovely open plan property is called The Bolt – it's in Somerset and sleeps two.
4. Want a quick beachy update? Accessorise!
If you are after that instant hit of coastal feels in your kitchen (plus this most inexpensive option) add some cute accessories. A nice print or a wallhanging, canisters and pretty storage will do the trick too. Maisons Du Monde has a whole coastal trend going on at the moment that would be perfect.
Fancy staying in this cute cottage? It's in the lovely St. Ives in Cornwall and sleeps five (ps. check out the bedrooms too for some gorgeous ideas).
5. Go for a more subtle beachy look
A beachy kitchen doesn't always have to be sky blue with lots of stripes and beach memorabilia, you can go for a more subtle take on the look. We love this darker grey-blue for the kitchen cabinets and that dreamy dark wood herringbone floor. There's still some stripes in there with the blind and the accessories are still very boho and beachy, it's just a bit more... sophisticated.
This gorgeous stay is in Devon and it's called Beam Ends, you need to go and take a tour of the rest of the house – it's like a boutique hotel from top to bottom.