‪‎Vacation never has to end. Bring the seaside to your kitchen by creating a light and breezy beach look with these simple ideas. 

Coastal Tile Backsplash by New Ravenna

INSPIRATION #1

‪‎Because of its relatively small area, your backsplash is one place in the kitchen you can budget for extravagantly gorgeous materials, like mosaic tile fro New Ravenna.  While you might want to keep your floors and counters more neutral if you're thinking of home resale value, your backsplash can be bold, colorful, and personal.  

Alternate Take: Mermaid Glass Tile from TileBar

How To: Lay and Grout Mosaic Tile

Cheap Take: DIY Backpainted Acrylic Backsplash

‪‎After making the backsplash the focal point of your kitchen redesign, select appliances and linens that compliment your backsplash colors.  You may have to think of home resale value when you're selecting your countertops or refinishing your cabinets, but your linens and countertop appliances should be all about what brings you joy when you're in the kitchen. 

Brisbane Seaglass Dining Chair Cushions

Inspiration #2

While you're cooking, make a comfortable spot for your family to study or for your guests to socialize by investing in Brisbane Seaglass cushions for your kitchen island stools or breakfast table chairs.  Barnett's dining chair cushions and stool covers feature thick latex foam pads for premium comfort. 

Alternate Take: Ticking Stripe Natural Dining Chair Cushions

How To: Measure Your Chairs for Cushions

Cheap Take: Hayden Turquoise Dining Chair Cushions

Once you're settled on your backsplash and accessory colors, pick counters and floors that will survive the passage of trends and won't compete with the focal points in your room. 

Emerald Coast Countertop by Vetrazzo

INSPIRATION #3

Featuring recycled glass from architectural sources, leftover oyster shells from South Carolina, and crushed marble offcasts from Georgia, this composite counter material from Vetrazzo is beautiful, sustainable, and locally sourced.

Alternate Take: Butcher Block Countertops

How To: Measure & Calculate Cost for Kitchen Countertops

Cheap Take: DIY Recycled Glass and & Concrete Countertops

Cabinets and Lighting Fixtures will come next in your design.  It may comes as a surprise, but wall color will be selected last! (Naturally, this is the order you select your design elements in, not the order you install everything!)  

Before we had plastic buoys, fishermen kept their nets and lines afloat with glass bulbs.  Originally used in Norway in the 19th century, this technology made its way around the world.  The examples we're most familiar with today have been collected by beachcombers along the West Coast, having been lost by Japanese fishermen many years ago.  The bulbs were crafted by glassblowers from recycled glass, much of which came from sake bottles.  Because the globes were produced in large quantities for utilitarian purposes, they often include imperfections and tiny bubbles, but collectors appreciate these as part of their hand-crafted character. 

Japanese Glass Fishing Floats Pendant Lights

INSPIRATION #4

Authentic floats come in similar colors to the seaglass that washes up on theeast Coast from discarded bottles, but reproductions are typically green, blue or aquamarine.

Alternate Take: Anchor Lantern Light Fixtures

How To: Installation Guide to Change Your Light Fixtures

Cheap Take: DIY Faux Japanese Fishing Floats Light Shades

Saltwash Powder

Achieve the look of years of seapray and sun weathering on your wall art or accent furniture with a Salt Wash paint treatment by Saltwash Powder.  This look is accomplished by mixing additives to chalk paint, latex paint, or acrylic paint, then painting on layers of beachy colors and lightly sanding. 

Alternate TakeRust & Brass Patina Finish

How To: Make Your Own Salt Wash Paint Mix

Lazy Take: Coastal Wall Art That Someone Else Salt Washed For You

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