Often referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen is a room in which recipes are recounted, memories are made, and bellies are filled. And as well as being a practical space, it also acts as somewhere to gather for many families and is at the center of day-to-day life.
While it may not be an obvious place to house trinkets, treasures, stylish furnishings, or artwork, there are an abundance of ways to style your kitchen so it looks its best. From investing in good-looking storage to ensuring your prettiest tableware is on display, we’ve spoken to the style team at homeware store Temple & Webster to curate a list of tops tips for creating a beautiful kitchen.
1. Invest in stylish storage.
Kitchens are, without a doubt, a place for merry mess-making. Whether you’re preparing a simple salad or an elaborate three-course dinner, it’s all too easy to leave surfaces littered with everything from crockery to kitchen staples. Investing in stylish storage is a great way to help keep your kitchen clutter free. If you have dry goods like tea, coffee, oil or sugar on display, decant them into matching containers for a consistent feel.
"Open shelves are a popular design solution in kitchens and laundries, but they can add to a cluttered feeling if the items on the shelves are piled up in a messy, mismatched way," Jess Bellef, head of styling at Temple & Webster explains. "If you want to streamline the look of things on open shelves, group like shapes with like shapes, and display items of similar color."
2. Buy a statement rug.
While rugs are often thought of as a staple of both living and sleeping spaces, adding one to a kitchen is sure to brighten the space. A statement rug can really lift your kitchen space. Just ensure it’s easy to wash out those inevitable food messes. We recommend using an outdoor rug, as they're made for heavier uses and can withstand a lot of wear.
3. Don't forget to hang artwork.
Inject some life into your kitchen by displaying stylish artwork on the walls. Hanging a painting or photo is a brilliant way to spruce up your space. Choose anything from a simple print to a funky framed tea towel — just be sure to hang art away from stovetops and sinks to avoid doing any damage.
4. Recycle the things you already own.
Consider utilizing things you already have when it comes to updating your kitchen decor by using something as simple as a cookbook as a stylish accessory. Whether on a countertop or open shelving, displaying beautifully covered cookbooks can be a simple and effective way of refreshing your kitchen space and a convenient way of keeping recipes on hand.
5. Store your unused appliances to free up space.
Kitchens can house a myriad of treasures, from rustic chopping boards to hand-made ceramics. Maintain a stylish front by making sure only the crème de la crème of kitchenware is on display.
"Keep benches as clutter-free as possible by storing away appliances that you don't often use and giving pride of place to pieces you love," Bellef suggests. "Sadly, I don't have time to use my espresso machine during my busy week, so it stays in the cupboard until Saturday morning when I can take my time making a decent coffee. Less clutter on kitchen benches means less stress and more room to prepare meals."
6. Splurge on long-lasting pieces.
Investing in a few key pieces of crockery or a beautiful dinner set is a brilliant way to add some sparkle to your kitchen. Your best dinner plates and dessert bowls shouldn’t be reserved just for special occasions. Choose a set you’ll enjoy using and looking at every day. If your kitchen design is classic or country, cookware with a vintage feel would be a great addition; if your style is cleaner and more minimalistic, a sleek, timeless dinner set in white or statement black is ideal.
This post was written by Homes to Love editors. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.