7 Kitchen Styling Tips - Make Decorating Your Kitchen Fun

Kitchen countertops styled with cutting board and floating shelves

So much time is spent in the kitchen, and it is typically one of the most highly used rooms in a home.  Although it doesn’t have to be, styling your kitchen can be an overwhelming task. There are so many decorating ideas out there from what is seen on tv to what can be found in stores. These 7 tips should help give you some direction and make the process of decorating and styling your kitchen less intimidating.


Keep Décor Minimal

Kitchen countertop with vase

While it might be easy to purchase every decorative vase, plant, or knick-knack you see, try to keep décor relatively minimal. This will keep your kitchen from looking too cluttered. 

To get a cozy feel to your kitchen space, you don’t need to over-decorate. Keep a few of your favorite decorative pieces and maybe a couple of your most used small appliances out, and that should be plenty.

Make the Space Functional

Do you use your toaster and blender daily? If so, make sure to keep those items in a place that is easily accessible. If your kitchen is roomy and has plenty of counter space, consider leaving these small appliances out on the counter. If you find yourself constantly rearranging and moving items in your kitchen to get to what you need to use daily, it is probably time to consider making that item easier to get to.

Making the kitchen functional doesn’t mean you need to take away from the aesthetic. Do you have several large utensils you always use? Find a nice container (maybe with a pop of color) to store these in. Or maybe you have a nice monogrammed cutting board you use as décor. Being displayed on the countertop makes the cutting board super easy to grab when you need to chop up some food for a meal.

Walnut cutting board with home sweet home engraving

From a container with frequently used utensils to a personalized cutting board to a gorgeous bowl filled with your favorite fruits and vegetables, functionality and style can be tied together.

Stick to a Budget

Make sure to stay within a comfortable budget when decorating and styling your kitchen. Sit down with your family or roommates and figure out what your budget is. Once this is established, it is easier to start planning and styling based off of how much you want to spend. 

There are so many online and brick and mortar stores that carry reasonably priced items now. Whether you are in the market for a new kitchen appliance or a small piece of artwork, there will be something for every price point. 


Mix and Match

A kitchen space can have many different materials and styles in it. Do you want to change the countertops but your budget doesn’t allow for it? Consider just changing the island. A good and easy way to do this would be to replace the existing island countertop with butcher block or even a quartz that compliments the countertop in the rest of the kitchen. It doesn’t all have to be the same material to look put together.

Another fun way to mix and match is smaller decorative items such as different types of cutting boards, vases, or decorative containers. Layering different sizes, styles, and types of wooden cutting boards is such a fun way to make a kitchen space feel cozy. This can also be done with vases or decorative containers by grouping them together with varying size, materials, and colors.

Pops of Color

Nowadays, it is pretty common to have a very neutral colored kitchen. You will often see white kitchens with tan or cream colored accents. If you want to bring some color into your kitchen try adding small pops of color. This can be done easily by adding accent rugs, decorative hand towels, colorful vases, or art work to your kitchen space. 


Macrame hanging plants

Adding greenery to your kitchen is a great way to add color and still have a subtle, neutral feel in that space. If you have a green thumb, buy some live plants and place them in hanging baskets or on floating shelves. If you’d rather decorate using faux plants, there are so many options out there from cute succulents to vases with sprigs of greenery such as eucalyptus. 

Another idea, if you have the space, is to add a small tree or plant (real or faux) in the corner of the kitchen. Put the tree in a your favorite decorative planter to give it a more finished look. 

Replace Hardware and Lighting

New lighting in a kitchen will make a huge difference in the overall look of the space. A new light fixture ranges in price, but there is something out there for every budget! Also, buying different light bulbs such as Edison bulbs your light fixtures is an easy way to make a change.

Another simple way to make a change to the kitchen is to replace all of the hardware. Are you tired of the hardware you have from when your house was built? Drawer pulls and cabinet handles are so easy to find at any hardware store or online, and they come in a variety of metals and colors. 

Regardless of budget or style preference, these 7 kitchen styling tips will help you decorating decision making. 

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