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Visual Treat: 20 Captivating Kitchens with an Ocean View

We often talk about living rooms, bedrooms and even spa-inspired modern bathrooms with stunning ocean views. But why should those working in the kitchen be deprived of a captivating view that keeps them enthralled as they serve up tasty delights? With the modern kitchen quickly becoming the ‘social hub’ where friends and family interact after a long, hard day, it makes perfect sense to give your kitchen the best possible view. And today we take a look at 20 mesmerizing kitchens with an ocean view that leaves you spellbound!

Narrow contemporary kitchen with ocean view Visual Treat: 20 Captivating Kitchens with an Ocean View
Narrow contemporary kitchen with ocean view [Design: Studio Schicketanz]

With designers veering towards the open plan living area, it is now easier than ever before to ensure that the ergonomic kitchen gets a view that matches one offered by the living space or dining area. Sometimes stunning and understated on other occasions, here is a roundup of the very best on offer –

Heart of the Modern Home

As we alluded to earlier, the modern kitchen is much more than a place to just cook and is increasingly becoming a part of the larger living space visual that blurs the line between each particular area. Add to this the balcony, deck or patio outside that extends this space outdoors, and it is barely a surprise that kitchens these days become the focal point of the stylish, trendy interior. Large sliding glass doors, bi-fold doors, sweeping windows and at times an open, pavilion-style design ensure that the distant coastline or the sparkling beach just outside is visually a part of the interior.

Home design that blurs the line between the interior and the view outside [Design: Northbay Stone Works]
Home design that blurs the line between the interior and the view outside [Design: Northbay Stone Works]
Modern kitchen overlooking the ocean as it flows into the timber deck outside [Design: Julian-Guthrie]
Modern kitchen overlooking the ocean as it flows into the timber deck outside [Design: Julian-Guthrie]
Kitchen that opens up to the deck with ocean view becomes the heart of the social zone [Design: Horst Architects]
Kitchen that opens up to the deck with ocean view becomes the heart of the social zone [Design: Horst Architects]
Open plan living and kitchen with modern tropical style [Design: Isabelle Robyns]
Open plan living and kitchen with modern tropical style [Design: Isabelle Robyns]
Spacious kitchen of luxury Sydney house with ocean views [Design: Rolf Ockert Architects and Designers]
Spacious kitchen of luxury Sydney house with ocean views [Design: Rolf Ockert Architects and Designers]
Steely charm of the kitchen complements the rugged coastline on view [Design: Fougeron Architecture / Photography: Joe Fletcher]
Steely charm of the kitchen complements the rugged coastline on view [Design: Fougeron Architecture / Photography: Joe Fletcher]

Waves in the Distance

A kitchen with an ocean view need not be just relegated to homes that sit right next to the beach, as those in the distance can also make the most of their location with some smart design. A home sitting on an elevated lot and offering a bird’s eye view of the coastline in the distance allows you to shape a kitchen that enables you to savor the scenery without letting it dominate the ambiance of the room.

Place the kitchen on a higher level for the best possible views [Design: Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects]
Place the kitchen on a higher level for the best possible views [Design: Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects]
A view of the lovely kitchen during daytime
A view of the lovely kitchen during daytime
Mediterranean kitchen with ocean view clad in Reclaimed Biblical Limestone [Design: Neolithic Design Stone and Tile]
Mediterranean kitchen with ocean view clad in Reclaimed Biblical Limestone [Design: Neolithic Design Stone and Tile]
Minimal kitchen in white with a view of the distant coastline [Design: Site Specific Designs]
Minimal kitchen in white with a view of the distant coastline [Design: Site Specific Designs]
Step-wise placement of spaces allows one to take in the best views from every room [Design: Aboda Design Group]
Step-wise placement of spaces allows one to take in the best views from every room [Design: Aboda Design Group]
Minimal kitchen of Cape Town home with a stunning view of the distant Indian Ocean [Design: Gavin Maddock Design Studio]
Minimal kitchen of Cape Town home with a stunning view of the distant Indian Ocean [Design: Gavin Maddock Design Studio]

Breezy Beach Style

Any room with an ocean view seems like the perfect setting to try out cheerful beach style. Universally popular, always on trend and easy to achieve, beach style turns that kitchen with a fascinating view into an extension of the charming outdoors. Modern beach style relies on top-notch ventilation, plenty of white and a hint blue brought in by décor and accessories. A beach-style kitchen with a spacious central island and a casual dining space next to it is the perfect way to give your home a cool, central family zone.

Ocean outside becomes a visual part of the beach style kitchen [Design: Polsky Perlstein Architects]
Ocean outside becomes a visual part of the beach style kitchen [Design: Polsky Perlstein Architects]
Contemporary kitchen that captures the breezy charm of life in San Francisco
Contemporary kitchen that captures the breezy charm of life in San Francisco
Expansive beach style kitchen with ocean view [Design: James Glover Residential & Interior Design]
Expansive beach style kitchen with ocean view [Design: James Glover Residential & Interior Design]
Beach style kitchen and dining with pops of bright color [Design: Eric Gedney]
Beach style kitchen and dining with pops of bright color [Design: Eric Gedney]

Frame Those Views!

Even though the current trend points to expansive kitchens with large, glass doors and frameless windows that completely open it up to the ocean view on offer, you can always go down the classic route as well. Tried and tested, this is a classic for a reason, and by simply using windows above the kitchen counter, the workstation or even the sink, you can make your life in the kitchen a lot more fun and vivacious.

Frame those ocean views to perfection with a window above the kitchen counter [Design: Charissa Snijders Architect]
Frame those ocean views to perfection with a window above the kitchen counter [Design: Charissa Snijders Architect]
Invite the ocean indoors with a world of windows! [Design: Skale Building Design]
Invite the ocean indoors with a world of windows! [Design: Skale Building Design]
Take a more traditional and timeless approach to framing the ocean view [From: Leanna Rathkelly Photography]
Take a more traditional and timeless approach to framing the ocean view [From: Leanna Rathkelly Photography]
Traditional kitchen with ocean view and an island with breakfast counter [Design: Windover Construction]
Traditional kitchen with ocean view and an island with breakfast counter [Design: Windover Construction]

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