Whether you're redoing the kitchen in a cottage or a house on a waterfront property — or perhaps if you're just a boat lover — you may like the idea of giving the space a nautical theme. Appropriate artwork and dominant colors of blue and white will definitely support this concept, but you can also look at individual elements on your remodeling to-do list and consider ways to support the nautical concept. If you're replacing your kitchen cabinets, there are a handful of ways that you can give them a nautical look without necessarily being over the top. Here are three ideas to pursue.
White cabinets can definitely work to support a nautical theme, and while this might be your first inclination, there's another option to pursue. Wooden cabinets with a high-gloss finish can pay tribute to the wooden deck of a boat. Teak is a common wood for boat decks, and if it's not cost effective to finish your cabinets with this wood, there are a number of different options that can appear similar to teak. If you own a boat, you may even wish to stain your cabinet doors so that they're a similar hue to your boat deck.
A fun way to customize a new kitchen is to install unique knobs on the cabinets. There are many retailers, including those with online businesses, that sell themed cabinet knobs, so you shouldn't have trouble finding options that will support your nautical look. For example, if you're a sailboat enthusiast, you may be able to find cabinet knobs shaped like tiny sailboats. There are other nautical-themed knobs that you can consider, too, such as those shaped like life rings, anchors, ship's wheels, and even mermaids.
Having glass windows in some of your kitchen cabinet doors can be advantageous for not only allowing you to see what is inside, but also giving your kitchen a lighter appearance. Instead of standard windows, consider those that are small and circular, and mounted directly in the middle of each of the cabinet doors. These windows can represent portholes found in ships, and can admirably boost the nautical theme of your new kitchen. You may even wish to make a circle out of nautical rope and place it around each of the porthole-style windows. Talk to your kitchen contractor to see if he or she has done other nautical-style kitchens from which you can draw additional inspiration.