Kitchen Renovations

Room Recipe: A beautiful coastal kitchen

Beachside bliss is within reach in this coastal kitchen thanks to a calm palette
Derek Swalwell/Laminex

Calm, collected and perfectly curated, this casually chic Queensland kitchen takes its cues from the coast to create a beautiful – and functional – cook zone for its homeowners.

The “barefoot luxury” of the modern beach home works perfectly with Australia’s coastal lifestyle. Sacha Leagh-Murray, General Manager Marketing, Laminex shares a foolproof recipe for creating coastal chic.

“Playing with a colour palette that reflects the landscape of the sea will help you construct the perfect beach-side paradise.”

Sacha Leagh- Murray, General Manager Marketing, Laminex

With inspiration like this, cooking-up the perfect laid-back coastal kitchen has never been so easy. Here’s our Room Recipe to show why it works.


Classic cabinetry: Laminex Colourtech painted doors in Polar White Satin finish with a shaker profile

Benchtops: Essastone in Crystallite Gloss finish

Tiles: For similar, try the Fish Scale gloss white tiles from Exotiles

Pendant: For similar, try the ‘Cross Bamboo’ Shade from Zanui

Bar stools: The ‘Quin’ indoor-outdoor barstool is a good match

Beach house kitchen renovation
(Credit: Derek Swalwell/Laminex)

“Always include light sandy neutrals, crisp cool whites and don’t be afraid to accessorise with accents of blue and green.”


  1. Start with a sandy-hued floor that is both functional and casually elegant.
  2. Create a base with cabinetry using raw wooden tones such as Laminex’s Whitewashed Oak, which can help set a seaside tone.

  3. Begin to mix in fresh contrast by introducing crisp whites on surfaces such as cabinet draws and doors. Polar White from Laminex can provide the perfect cooler contrast against warmer toned woodgrains. This cabinetry was designed by Greystone Constructions.

  4. Add the finishing touch with a luxurious subtle patterned bench top. Durable and family-friendly a finish such as this one from Essastoneis perfect for entertaining after a day at the beach. A gloss finish will evoke a sense of coastal classiness.

  5. Include timber touches and elegant wicker pieces that bring in warmth and texture.
  6. Open the windows and let the fresh breezes in!

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