Getting started
Getting started

Where did the coastal theme come from and what influenced you?

Coastal is a timeless British look, we are after all, an island nation. Whilst it has a strong identity it doesn’t have to be too literal in its interpretation.

The surrounding landscapes of the lush green headlands looking over the deep blue sea heavily influenced the colours, textures and feelings used in this design.

The characterful architecture had lots of inherent materials and features to work with such as timber cladding, timber beams and a natural slate floor which all inspired me to choose the kitchen material palette.

Tell us about the colours and materials used in your design

We have explored two expressions of this look. The first design uses Broadoak doors, both in the natural tones of Rye and painted in Dakar. Rye and painted Dakar Broadoak cupboard doors evokes feelings of driftwood floating in the sea, with the distressed nature of the timber worksurface looking like it’s come from extreme weather conditions. Earthy tones of the timber and painted colour reflect the surrounding headland landscape.

The honesty of the industrial matt black cup handles mixed with the D handle all adds individuality the kitchen. The Strata Granite, Carbon Grey Flamed worksurface ties in perfectly with the tone and texture of the slate floor to maintain the colour palette and to reinforce the natural elements of the scheme.

In contrast to the Rye oak kitchen, the design using Mornington shaker in both Slate and Partridge Grey doors holds on to the blue tones of the coastal look, but in a refreshing way so that the theme is not too predictable. Deep slate cabinets contrast with the Strata Quartz Rainstorm worksurface to introduce a feeling of ‘shell’ like quality, whilst the black satin T-bar and cup handle resemble nautical elements from a boat to add a subtle hint towards the location without overkill.

Colour and design
Key areas of the room

What are the key features of this kitchen?

There are some key elements included in this design that evoke a more charming feeling to complement the setting. A freestanding dresser, Belfast sink, dinky Aga range and timber plate rack all add to the design by working together in adding a feeling of personalisation and individuality.

The freestanding Broadoak dresser painted in colour Dakar breaks the formality and fitted nature for the kitchen design whilst still adding function and decorative storage which is key to this look

Why do you use such a variety of materials and colours in the room?

Mixing and matching materials is a great way to personalise the space and end up with a truly unique home. It can work in a small space by keeping a harmonious palette and it doesn’t always have to break the bank either.

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How practical is the design for everyday living?

Simplicity is key in a small space, along with versatility. Function is one of the main drivers in this layout, with symmetry being sacrificed.

Large pan drawers to one side of the AGA off set the pull-out bin and LeMans corner storage units. We’ve made use of every inch of space with a handy 150mm wide wall unit pull-out.

The freestanding dresser adds visual impact from a furniture and display point of view, but also the practically of an additional workspace should you need it when catering for larger family gatherings.

Do you have any tips for people wanting to create a coastal look in their kitchen?

A coastal theme doesn’t always have to come directly from obvious icons such as hanging shells, dolphins and sand castles. Inspiration can be taken from all parts of the coastal environment.

Think of the rolling sea, the industrial nature of boats and lighthouses, the surrounding headlands and dunes with their interesting textures and hues.

It doesn’t have to all be serious either, inject some seaside cheek with open storage for a place to display family pictures and personal cherished items.

Graeme Smith