An Ocean-Inspired Kitchen Makeover
The casual, beachy feel of this kitchen complements the stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean outside. Although many elements were replaced, the homeowners drew inspiration for the kitchen's decor from the existing vaulted ceiling -- dressed in warm, rough-sawn, lime-washed wood. Dedicating a large amount of wall space to the expansive wraparound windows required a strategic approach to storage throughout the entire room.
Stylish Work Space
Separating the space into three workstations helped the homeowners corral clutter and establish efficiency. Expansive counter space and deep, narrow pullout cabinets flank the professional-style range. Traditional moldings atop the range hood and cabinetry and an X motif on the uppermost cabinets add an element of formality to the kitchen's otherwise cool, laid-back vibe.
Every inch of the kitchen's custom cabinetry offers creative storage solutions, including the island's corner pedestal. This bonus spot offers the perfect place to stow away cookbooks or recipe cards. The two-level island boasts plenty of other savvy storage solutions, as well as prep space and a place for guests to relax and chat with the chef.
Even the backsplash was designed to complement the panoramic ocean views. Iridescent quartz subway tiles paired with a limestone sea motif embrace colors from the ocean beyond. A ceramic starfish and sand dollar bring dimensional beauty to the backsplash nearest to the range.
Narrow pullout cabinets flanking the range feature multiple-height shelves perfect for storing cooking essentials. The pullouts ease the exhausting search for spices, oils, and vinegars that often get lost in a sea of clutter in ordinary cabinets.
Soft green granite countertops recall the colors of the sea to make a smooth visual transition from inside to the glorious ocean views beyond the expansive bank of windows. An arched bridge-style faucet brings a touch of beauty and glamour to the standard undermount sink.
A built-in coffeemaker eases the family's morning routine. The surrounding glass-front cabinets feature an X motif that helps to partially disguise their contents and adds a consistent design element. Nearby dishwasher drawers (not shown) offer a space-saving alternative to a standard dishwasher for this family of three.
Small drawers flanking the coffeemaker hold coffee, tea, and other supplies, making this workstation a handy one-stop beverage spot. Sleek chrome hardware and drawer pulls echo the brilliant stainless-steel finish of the kitchen's appliances and reflect light streaming in from the expansive bank of windows.
A storage-packed, built-in cabinet has the feel of furniture to mimic the shape of the island. Open shelves offer display space for beachy decor and help to break up the look of a solid wall of cabinetry. The lower cabinets were fashioned as full-extension drawers to allow easy access to their contents.