Tile by Style: Coastal Kitchens That Play It Cool
Over 40% of Americans live in a coastal area. And even if you don’t, it’s easy to recognize the charm of a coastal inspired interior. Humans have always been drawn to the coast for its beauty and bounty, so it's no surprise we’ve come to take so much direction from the ocean when it comes to decorating our homes. From traditional to tropical, there’s many ways of capturing the seaside spirit.
A coastal chic kitchen gives your home a sense of place, whether you live by the water or simply long to. We’ve collected some of the most inspiring coastal kitchens to help you design a seaworthy space.
What is Coastal Style?
You know the calm, relaxing feeling of a beach vacation? That’s exactly what a coastal design style is intended to evoke. Light natural neutrals and cool blues and greens reflect the palette of where land meets the sea. Wood accents mimic driftwood, ship decking, and piers reaching into the bay while braided rope, anchors, buoys, and sailcloth capture the symbols of maritime life.
Coastal style is as diverse as the coastlines of America, ranging from colonial New England, surfy Southern California, subtropical South Florida, Polynesian Pacific Island, and nautical Pacific Northwest.
Woven textures like sisal, jute, burlap, and linen all help to bring organic dimension, and indoor flora brings in the natural elements of the area. Pick an evergreen for northern seas and a hibiscus, bird of paradise, or ficus for more temperate climates. Color schemes change with latitude too, with dark greens and navys suited for colder regions and azure blues and bold coral and sunset colors where it’s warm.
Read on to see how you can take your kitchen decor on vacation year-round!
Rhapsody in Blue
Your kitchen doesn’t have to be dressed floor to ceiling in blue to give it a coastal vibe. We’d even argue that just the slightest touches of blue can be enough to get the seaside style you’re looking for. Recessed shelving behind your stovetop or sink is the perfect spot for a statement backsplash. Sprinkle in a mosaic of blues and a colorful border for a rippling effect that’s sure to turn heads.
Bold Blue Velvet Chaine Homme backsplash tile, matching blue cabinets, and modern pendant lights that remind us of seashells, Noz Design nails this modern coastal kitchen with a classic blue and white motif.
Coastal color doesn't have to come from your tile. Feature a sunny neutral backsplash against blue cabinetry and window dressings for a well-balanced nautical theme.
For a coastal look that feels a touch more contemporary, try a sleek glass backsplash. It’s also a great way to play off organic textures that might be found in cabinetry or decor.
Want to add a little shape to you your backsplash? Try a playful shape to bring out the fun side of coastal style.
Our wave tile is a natural fit for beach-themed kitchens, to give a rhythmic look to an ocean-colored backsplash.
Rippling Paseo Tile in a deep water Aegean Sea sets the tone for chef and blogger Kaity Farrell's bohemian Nantucket kitchen.
If you’re looking for a coastal look that feels a little more classic, a herringbone pattern in white can lend a timeless look to your space that feels both refreshing and refined. We love how it adds a crisp contrast to this kitchen’s deep blue cabinetry.
This picture-perfect poolhouse kitchen features a two-tone blue backsplash and matching hexagon tile floor for an undeniably aquatic motif and well-appointed artwork to finish the space.
Driftwood Triangle Tiles pair with white shiplap walls to give this kitchen a modern maritime look.
Have an urge to dress things up? A decorative tile backsplash is an easy way to bring seaside-inspired flavor to your kitchen decor. A traditional blue and white theme gets a refined detail with a handpainted Malta tile backsplash.
Glossy Glazed Thin Brick in bright Olympic matched with forest green and wood grain cabinets capture a coastal look that's distinctly Pacific Northwest. The rugged brick matches the rugged coast with a color palette of pine forests flowing to the sea.
A Cabo vacation is one part leisure, one part luxury. This coastal condominium kitchen captures both with a bright and airy install that's perfect for entertaining. The herringbone brick backsplash is just one of the highlights of this stunning space.
Bold colors, exposed wood beams, and citrus accents set the tone for this California kitchen with an edgy Escher backsplash that steals the show.
A Waikiki tile backsplash sets a tropical tone in this sunny contemporary kitchen that was Coastal Living's 2016 Showroom Kitchen.
Known as the middle coast, Lake Michigan is a perfect setting for coastal kitchen accents as well as accessory spaces like this nifty dry bar at photographer Gray Malin’s lakeside beach house.
Ready to christen your new nautical-themed kitchen? Get started with our Fare Isle Signature Sample Pack featuring Kaity Farrell's coastal color palette inspired by her Nantucket Island home.