Coastal Luxe Style Guide

The Kitchen

Often thought of as the most important room in the home, the kitchen tends to be the place where families and guests congregate most. Being the central hub of the home, it is important that the style flows through the property accordingly.

Coastal luxe inspired kitchens have a distinctly recognisable look and in most cases are just as functional as they are stylish. As coastal style homes are frequently used for entertaining, it is essential for the host to be able to prepare delicious meals while simultaneously tending to the needs of their guests.

Read on for the best tips on how to turn your kitchen into an elegant yet practical space to host unforgettable parties or to simply prepare a beautiful meal for loved ones.

Open plan living

One of the fundamental features of coastal luxe style kitchens is the open plan design of the space. Commonly, coastal luxe inspired kitchens feature spacious floor plans with the addition of an island bench top which can be used as a breakfast bar. If you are renovating an existing home, you may be slightly limited as to what you can achieve, however it can be helpful to bear this in mind.

Custom design

The key elements of a coastal luxe kitchen design include: the use of white, stone bench tops, feature tiled splash backs, open shelves, and a butler’s pantry. This look is all about designing the kitchen correctly to allow all of the ‘day to day’ items to be tucked away in the butler’s pantry so your kitchen space always looks clean and clutter free. Design is the most important element to achieving this look.

Beautiful benchtops

When it comes to benchtops, there are a wide variety of materials that work well for coastal luxe style homes, however none are more popular or better suited than the classic marble counter top. For something more minimal, a simple white benchtop will do, or for something more rustic, try a timber benchtop with a rich grain.

Pendant lighting

Given the high ceilings of traditional coastal homes, pendant lighting
has become a staple for coastal luxe inspired kitchens with decorative low-hanging lights often placed above the island bench top.

No more chrome

Along with bathrooms, the coastal luxe look is all about adding your tapware as a featured element. Think black, white, brushed brass or even a tropical green. Traditionally when choosing tapware, all of the fixtures had to be the same colour throughout our home, but not anymore. Mix your tapware colours to suit your kitchen, bathroom, laundry and ensuite design.

Timber flooring

With so much white featuring in your coastal luxe inspired kitchen, it’s a great idea to add some contrast by installing some beautiful timber flooring. Not only do timber floors add warmth to the space, but they can also be continued into other living areas for a seamless, blended look.


Designed & styled by Simone Barter Design Studio

Photographed by Rikki Lancaster