If you feel like having a nautical-themed kitchen-diner, this can be really easy to achieve. You don’t have to rip out your existing kitchen – you can re-use what you’ve got and get busy with some tins of paint to transform it.
Great coastal or seafaring colours are tones of blue, cream and white. If you have wooden cupboards, you could paint the doors a fresh new colour. Choose a gloss or eggshell finish so that the cupboards will be easy to wipe clean. Even if you think you cook quite healthily, it’s amazing how much oil can be deposited on the surfaces and walls in a kitchen, and if the paintwork doesn’t wipe clean, it will quickly look scruffy.
Don’t put the old handles onto doors and drawers – instead trawl through your local ironmongers and DIY stores and see if you can find some appropriately themed handles. Look out for sea shell shapes or perhaps ones that show the points of a compass or anchors.
Wooden panelling adds a coastal tone to a room, so you could consider doing this on one or two of the walls in the kitchen. Paint the panels a light pastel tone to add a sunny, seaside feel. Again use an eggshell finish, so they can be wiped clean easily.
If you have a dining table in the kitchen, a good choice for an appropriately nautical theme is a light colour wood like beech. It’s easy enough to pick up a cheap dining table new, just look online at retailers like Harveys Furniture store, or you could go to a few bric-a-brac shops and keep an eye out for a genuine old pine table. Make it look even more authentic by scrubbing it with a light bleach solution to really take the colour out of the wood.
To finish the look for your kitchen-diner, invest in some new crockery and glassware, and some fresh new linen tablecloths and napkins.