8 ideas to bring the seaside into your kitchen

Our workshop is situated near the stunning Suffolk coast, which boasts an area of exceptional natural beauty. We feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by picturesque shingle beaches and charming coastal towns such as Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. In this blog post, we’ll share eight delightful ways to bring the tranquillity and charm of the seaside into your kitchen and create a coastal haven right in the comfort of your home.

1. Choose a coastal colour scheme

When choosing a coastal colour scheme, looking to nature for inspiration is best. Coastal colours can be cool or warm. Cool coastal colours include shades of pale blue, green, and white. Warm coastal colours range from sandy beiges and tans to corals and yellows. To create a calming coastal atmosphere, consider using a light blue shade reminiscent of the sea and the sky. It pairs well with pale blue and cream tones, giving you a harmonious nautical feel.

sky-blue island with a warm walnut worktop

2. Open Shelving

Install open shelves to display dinnerware, glassware, and decorative items in a coastal-themed display, creating an airy, uncluttered feel.

Floating shelves and tall cupboards
Open shelving

3. Beach-Inspired Backsplash

Add a beach-inspired backsplash to your kitchen for a calming and serene atmosphere. To achieve this look, choose glass tiles in shades of blue or green that reflect the beauty of the ocean. Alternatively, arrange tiles in the shape of a fish or other sea creature to create a unique piece of art.

Seaside themed backsplash
Range cooker with mantle shelf and glass tile splash-back
Glass tiled backsplash

4. Suffolk Art

Suffolk is home to many talented artists and photographers whose work is displayed in galleries and exhibitions in towns like Southwold and Aldeburgh. You can even create your own art by using photos you took during your memorable beach days. Whether you choose paintings, photographs, or prints, these can bring a sense of coastal elegance and tranquillity to your walls.

5. Accessories

Incorporate nautical-themed accessories like tea towels, oven mitts, and tablecloths featuring sailing ships, anchors, or seashells to capture the coastal spirit. Choose crockery with sailing designs or coastal-inspired patterns to enhance your table’s nautical theme. To complete the seaside look, select dishes, mugs, and bowls that feature seashells, starfish, or waves.

Weathered fishing sign

6. Seaside treasures

A great way to introduce a coastal atmosphere to your kitchen is to showcase items you have gathered during leisurely walks along the beach. These treasures, which may include smooth stones, shells, and weathered driftwood, not only add a touch of natural beauty but also serve as reminders of peaceful moments spent by the shore.

7. Windows

Use patterned or striped window blinds to allow natural light into the kitchen for a nautical feel.

Striped window blind

8. Tongue and groove panelling

Enhance your kitchen’s coastal aesthetic with tongue-and-groove panelling, which adds texture and depth reminiscent of seaside cottages. This classic coastal feature brings timeless charm and warmth to your space, evoking the cosy atmosphere of coastal retreats.

Tongue and Groove Panelling
Bright holiday cottage kitchen
Seaside art and accessories

By incorporating some of these elements, you can create a kitchen that exudes the charm of the seaside and reflects Suffolk’s coastal beauty. We hope you enjoy bringing the seaside into your kitchen!