West Indies Kitchen

Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements that are iconic to these islands.

Woven cane and rattan furnishings were airy and light in this humid, tropical environment. Gauzy fabrics, sun-baked colors, and louvered shutters were hallmarks. Heavy woods, like Mahogany, held up well in the tropics, and rich dark finishes were common. Islanders used tropical motifs in their furniture carvings – palm fronds, pineapples, and other island flora.

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West Indies Beauty
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Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements that are iconic to these islands. Woven cane and rattan furnishings...More
“west indies” — btimrud
West Indies Beauty
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Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements that are iconic to these islands. Woven cane and rattan furnishings...More
“Backsplash” — cojo1987
West Indies
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A corbel shaped like a palm frond was selected for the mantel hood. Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements t...More
“dura sup” — kimberly63
West Indies Beauty
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An "X" wine rack in the island offers convenient wine storage and an appropriate detail for a "West Indies" design. Shown with the Montego styled doors, in Lyptus with Heavy Heirloom “C” finish. Shown with the Montego styled doors, in Lyptus with Heavy Heirloom “C” finish. (XBD) Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, ...More
“Wine rzck” — gigi aharoni
West Indies Cabinetry Detail
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An intricate carved molding accents the molding stack to create this unique and custom molding design. Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are s...More
“Crown molding for our house” — bradfordlhewitt
West Indies Beauty
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Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements that are iconic to these islands. Woven cane and rattan furnishings...More
“BWI cabinets with rattan inserts” — susanwhitneysmith
West Indies Beauty - Beautiful Storage
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Beautiful Storage - The end of an island is a great place to tuck a spice rack in a shallow cabinet (ISLTPA-DR or ISLTPA-OS). Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influence...More
“Spice storage in the end of the island. Storing spices away from the heat of the cooking areas is a” — Lori Wiles Design
West Indies
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Rattan inserts for cabinet doors add texture and interest. In the tropical climates of the West Indies, louvered shutters and woven rattan cabinet doors promote air flow and can be used as an accent. Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as ...More
“like the doors maybe in the basement or the main level bathroom” — debhouk
West Indies Beauty
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Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, there are several indigenous design elements that are iconic to these islands. Woven cane and rattan furnishings...More
“Cabinets” — sjg26
West Indies Beauty - Beautiful Storage
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Beautiful Storage - A short stack of drawers is a convenient accessory next to a cooktop (PIL-I or TOWR-E). Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known as the West Indies. Despite the variety of architectural and design influences from Europe, ther...More
“backdrop” — carlo2106
West Indies
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A bamboo-styled carved post from Dura Supreme is featured on the end caps of this tropical kitchen island. Louver cabinet doors are a familiar, tropical design element. In the tropical climates of the West Indies, louvered shutters and woven rattan cabinet doors promote air flow and can be used as an accent. Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic...More
“med color cabinets w tropical flair” — tamila01
West Indies
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Louver cabinet doors are a familiar, tropical design element. In the tropical climates of the West Indies, louvered shutters and woven rattan cabinet doors promote air flow and can be used as an accent. Columbus’s quest to discover a western trade route to the exotic spice ports in the East Indies, led to the discovery of tropical islands in the Caribbean that became known ...More
“fav” — Arvin Ortile
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