Even if you live far from the sea, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a coastal themed home. To achieve a modern maritime style, interior designers are mixing pieces of beautifully weathered materials into the home’s décor while keeping a muted; faded colour palette representing the shoreline.
Inspired by the Hamptons; a summer destination for affluent New Yorkers, coastal can be a very sophisticated look for your kitchen and bedroom. The design lends itself to both modern and traditional styles using tongue and groove panelling; rustic wood shelves; lantern style lighting and ceramic picked up from vintage shops to create a calm yet cosy retreat.
At Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms, our beautiful Classic Shaker cabinets are an ideal choice for those looking to achieve the coastal look. With traditional styling, distinctive handles and a calming colour palette, the cabinets’ distinct features add another dimension to your kitchen. It’s easy to think of blue and white as classic nautical shades. But, pale greens; taupes and muted pinks create a softer, elegant coastal-style interior. This look is still achievable if you prefer modern gloss doors. Instead of dresser tops and plate racks - traditional elements of Shaker kitchens, you can accessorise with open shelving, plain brick style tiles for the backsplash and sleek wooden flooring.
When it comes to flooring for coastal themed kitchens, the best style of flooring is definitely wood. You may think wooden flooring comes with a pretty heavy price tag. However, this does not have to be real wood. At our Essex kitchen showroom, we have a range of wood-effect flooring by Karndean, from rustic distressed to rich dark textured planks.
Your kitchen design is not complete without considering the material for your worktops. For a nautical look, wooden and stone worktops are both ideal, depending on your choice of cabinets. Speaking to our team of in-house interior designers, they suggest if you have decided to have wooden cabinets then a plain or veined stone worktop would be better suited. However, if you prefer the painted Shaker style door then a wood or stone worktop would complement best.
Add a splash of colour with accessories in reds, yellows, oranges and blues. To give your kitchen a truly rustic, seaside cottage feel, we recommend a display of deliberately mismatched ceramics on open shelving. Lighting should also be kept simple with a chrome or brass lantern ceiling light. A great addition to this look is a rope chandelier to give a subtle, nautical feel. The coast has an enduring appeal and, as an island nation where the sea is never more than a couple of hours away, it holds a special place in our hearts. So it’s hardly surprising that we want to continue this feel into our homes.
If you would like to know more on how Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms can help you achieve the coastal look in your home, contact our friendly team today on 01621 893491.