Coastal Kitchen Ideas + Our Kitchen Details

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Today, I am happy to share some coastal kitchen ideas and all the details on our kitchen. I have shared this room hundreds of times but somehow I have never put together an official list of all the details!  If you are building or renovating, I hope I can inspire you here! Direct links to everything we used in our kitchen is at the bottom of the post.

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Coastal Kitchen Ideas

a big coastal kitchen

island and brass pendants

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kitchen island

White Cabinets:

All of the cabinets were made by 1st Choice cabinetry out of Raleigh, NC. The cabinets are Norcraft, maple wood and soft close. The doors are framed full overlay.

I get asked a lot about the color of the cabinets (see paint colors of my home), but the cabinetry is actually the standard white they came with. I think they are most similar to BM White Dove, just a slight off white.

kitchen runner rug

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Coastal Kitchen Island:

I didn’t want a sink or a stove on the island– I wanted this entire countertop to be a space purely to gather around and eat together. The dimensions are 4.3 x 9.7.

For the first year our island was white- we had water damage in our home last winter and while repainting the cabinets I thought why not add some color in here! I did consider navy, of course. But in the end I went with a lighter color. The island is now Sherwin Williams Krypton. It’s a gray with strong blue undertones.

Read all about SW Krypton in our Kitchen here!

If you want some understated beachy vibes in your space, bring some understated color into your coastal kitchen cabinets. Nothing too in your face- something with neutral undertones!

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My exact chairs are from Amazon!


The counters are quartz, which is a material partially man made and natural stone. If you are picking out countertops, you should consider that quartz doesn’t scratch and there is no maintenance (no sealing!) and no staining, even on our pure white. We clean up with regular soap and water.

We did plain white Cosmos quartz perimeter, and the island is Cambria Brittanica. Love the movement in the Brittanica! For an extra pop we put a 3” mitered edge on the island. It’s not 3” all the way through- they make it so it fits just around the edge- picture a shoe box top. I love this detail that makes a big difference. You know what they say about details…

close up of quartz countertops - great coastal kitchen ideas


For other coastal kitchen ideas, you can always bring in blues with your tile! I considered some beautiful blue tile I fell in love with at a tile store for a long time. It would have cost a lot more money, and in the end it was just such a commitment to the color. I was worried I might tire of the so much color though. In the end I went with classic subway tile.

The tile is beveled 3×6 subway tile. If you can swing it bring tile up to the ceiling and around all the smaller areas (one of my favorite moments in here is the tile around our desk area that hits the ceiling). It wasn’t TOO much of a stretch once all said and done, and the impact is big.

blue coastal kitchen islandcoastal kitchen ideas like this quartz countertops with brass pendants

Coastal Kitchen Island Lighting that Pops:

Our aged brass pendant lights were a big splurge for us, but worth it in every way.

If you are looking for coastal kitchen island lighting, go big! Bring in something that will pop- a new metal perhaps, or a cool shape. Don’t leave kitchen island lighting as an after thought.

One of my favorite moments was when these lights first went up. I stopped by the house one day (okay I stopped by every day) but this particular afternoon our builder happened to be in here checking on the work. He was super excited. When I walked into the kitchen the lights had just been installed – it was such a game changer! 

Over our breakfast nook we have this pretty white pendant. It’s a little bit coastal and a little bit feminine- it goes well with the other ideas I had for our coastal kitchen.

coastal kitchen ideas like shiplap and nook

Hardware / Details:

The faucet is the Moen StO Motion sense touchless faucet. I love the clean look.

Our appliances are all Kitchen Aid, we have been happy with them. Not thrilled happy, but happy enough that we would buy them again. The refrigerator is not counter depth because there is space behind it for it to sit farther back.

The hardware is Amerock’s Westerly pull in a satin nickel.

Undermount lighting- all I am going to say on this is do it. We put puck lights in the top cabinets with glass fronts.

Put your electrical outlets in inconspicuous places please, oh please! Don’t pay all that money for gorgeous tile and then have electrical outlets stuck into your tile all over the place. Especially if the colors clash.

We didn’t “hide” ours (more money, ugh)- so we put them sideways to blend in with the horizontal tiles, so it’s not too terrible. We considered hiding them more (along with the actual light switches) by moving them up half a foot – directly under the cabinets – but the cost of this change wasn’t worth it for our budget.

I sketched out the stove vent hood for our cabinet maker to design. The goal was a classic feel. A design that went with the cabinetry couldn’t compete with the large “look at me” pendant lights directly in front of the hood. I looked at kitchens I had liked on Houzz and saw a lot of similarities between them. I drew something up fairly basic on paper for our cabinet maker.

kitchen desk in a coastal kitchen design

kitchen desk and coastal kitchen ideas

Kitchen Desk:

I wrote about our kitchen desk nook here! Trends seem to be going away from kitchen desks, but for us this is Mom’s most used space in our house! Sometimes I swing in this woven chair from the dining room, you know I love the coastal vibe. 😉

stools and kitchen pendant light in a coastal kitchen design

And I have to say, the hype of these stools are real. They really are as great as everyone says with clean up! (Read my detailed review of them here).

What I Would Do Differently:

The privilege of getting to design my kitchen to my liking is an not lost on me. That being said, when people are looking for advice they ask what I would do differently. So I am not complaining, but rather something to note if you are in the process of renovating/building.

  • I wish we had enlarged our breakfast nook by just a few feet to fit a bigger table. It’s just right for our family of 6. But when my parents eat dinner with us or anyone else, we squish in or go to the dining room. It would be nice to have that extra space in the nook to fit a bigger table for just a few more peeps!
  • I also would have added spaces for two more stools on the sides of the island where drawers are now. This kitchen is plentiful with storage so I don’t think we would miss those drawers. We are big on family dinners- we rarely don’t sit down with our kids at dinner time. But we also eat a lot of casual quick dinners during the week (especially when the kids have sports / activities). It would be nice to have space for the 6 of us to all sit together on the island as a family- instead of just our 4 kids sitting while we stand! That is no good for dinner- even a quick dinner. 
  • Perhaps I would have taken a bigger risk on the hardware? I like what I chose, but it was certainly “safe”, and didn’t add anything spectacular to the design. I like the style, I just think it’s a little vanilla.

You can read about the organization of our kitchen desk, pantry and mudroom here.

Coastal Kitchen Design Sources

Our exact dining chairs are from Amazon, here

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