Modern Kitchen Ideas

Room Recipe: Contemporary coastal kitchen

A modern coastal kitchen is about tapping into serene colours and textures which reference the natural surrounds

Inspired by the trees which envelop his property and the sandy hues of nearby beaches, homeowner Saul overhauled his once dated kitchen, into a stylish functional hub with a tranquil palette of finishes. Here’s our Room Recipe to show why this room works and how to get the look.

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Cabinetry: Spinifex doors teamed with Raw Birchply, Laminex

Benchtops: Essastone’s Marmo Bianco.

Door hardware from Doors Plus. 

Tiles: For similar try Cowra Matt subway tiles, Tile Cloud

Appliances: Bosch Series 8 Built-in Oven, Compact Microwave oven and warming drawer. Bosch Series 4 Frost Free, Side-by Side.

Pendant: Brass look Foto pendant, Ikea.

Tapware: Spin Brushed Brass Round Gooseneck Sink Mixer, Highgrove Bathrooms.

Flooring: Premium Oak in Blanc, Carpet Court.

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“Muted organic greens are having a real moment in Australian interior design, with architects and designers seeking to create calming spaces that act as antidotes to the fast-paced modern life that surrounds us” – Sacha Leagh-Murray, general manager of marketing, Laminex.


  1. Rather than a neutral base, colour block with cabinetry for a contemporary coastal look. “Refreshing green tones such as Spinifex (pictured) can help recreate a natural earthiness in our homes inspired by the Australian landscape,” explains Sacha Leagh-Murray, general manager of marketing, Laminex.

  2. Combine contrast. “Playing with contrasting shades can help enhance a sense of space by creating light, shade and definition and can draw attention to the most desirable aspects of your kitchen,” adds Sacha.

  3. Set the scene for entertaining with a large island bench topped in a durable finish. Sacha recommends options like Essastone which encapsulate the functionality of engineered stone and add a touch of opulence.

  4. Create a relaxed feel with timber flooring which flows into adjoining spaces.

  5. Group appliances to create an easy access work zone close to the island bench.

  6. Add a slight sheen with brass accessories like drawer handles, tapware and lighting to enhance the luxe factor.
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(Credit: Home Beautiful)

Get the look (from left):

Kali serving tray in Mist,$39.99, Aura Home.

Foto Pendant lamp in Brass-colour, $39.99, Ikea.

Hand-Woven Cross Cord Bar Stool, $599, Harpers Project.

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