5 Approaches to Island-Inspired Design

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5 Approaches to Island-Inspired Design

The Archipelago Hawaii team strives to create sophisticated, yet relaxing, environments for our clients, ranging from expanded master suites to upgraded kitchens to whole home renovations. While our clients have their own unique needs and design aesthetics, they all share a love for island-inspired design. This month, we take a look back at some of our projects and highlight five distinct approaches to island-inspired luxury home design.

1.    Shorebreak: Contemporary Design
For the kitchen renovation of this beachfront Kailua home, we brought the outdoors in while staying true to contemporary design. Note that “contemporary design” is not interchangeable with “modern design”; while the latter refers to the 20th century movement, contemporary design refers to what’s currently in style.That means sleek but livable spaces that take advantage of natural light and open spaces. For the Shorebreak project, we used all-white cabinets and pendant lighting, both popular these days, and installed crown molding above the cabinets to infuse the warmth and robustness of traditional design. To put the island spin on this kitchen, we installed turquoise colored subway tile for the backsplash and selected a unique dining table with a stunning coral sculpture as its base.

Shorebreak: Contemporary Design

2.    The Bay House: A Sophisticated Island Getaway
The Bay House homeowners are just a mai tai away from paradise with a powder room reminiscent of a tropical Southeast Asian resort. We transformed a teak cabinet from Bali into a vanity and finished the look with a custom ceramic vessel sink, handcrafted by local artisan Albert Molina of Maui Ceramics.

The Bay House: A Sophisticated Island Getaway

3.    Waikiki Gold Coast: Vibrant and Beachy
Located at the foot of Diamond Head, just east of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, is the coveted Gold Coast, home to this vibrant, beach house-inspired vacation rental. Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue and Wythe Blue mimic the Pacific Ocean’s varying shades of turquoise, while wicker armchairs, rope baskets and a bamboo-framed coffee table provide natural texture. To add more visual interest to the Waikiki Gold Coast home and complete the look, we accessorized the sofa with plush throw pillows and anchored the bed with a vibrant area rug, all in a teal coral print.

Waikiki Gold Coast: Vibrant and Beachy

4.    Honolulu White: Hawaiian Plantation
The homeowners of Honolulu White requested a clean, crisp look for their kitchen that evokes a warm and inviting feeling. We drew inspiration from Hawaii’s sugar plantation era with a farmhouse sink and butchers block countertops. Finally, cabinet doors with traditional raised panels and trimmed windows accented with corner rosettes added a classic, craftsman-like finish.

Honolulu White: Hawaiian Plantation

5.    Beachy Craftsman Retreat: Craftsman/ Mission-Inspired Design
The dining room of our Beachy Craftsman Retreat has a timeless appeal inspired by Hawaii’s Missionary Period. With their handcrafted yet high quality signature look, Craftsman/Mission style interiors feature dark woods, neutral walls, bronze accents and minimal decor for an overall warm and inviting feeling.

The bronze chandelier visually anchors the space, centered above a dining set reminiscent of the late 19th-century Arts and Crafts design movement. The dining room’s bay window features sash windows and built-in bespoke cabinets in a crisp, white finish with a natural stained countertop and bronze drawer pulls.

Beachy Craftsman Retreat: Craftsman/ Mission-Inspired Design

Whether you’re looking for a warm, traditional style or an airy, contemporary look, our team of designers can create a space perfect for your island lifestyle.

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