Welcome to the latest installment of Project Design. Today we are sharing tips to style up your kitchen. Just like styling your coffee table or your bookshelves, styling your kitchen counters is a bit of an art. Keep in mind what types of things look good out. Keep it simple, and keep it natural. Less is more. Leave some empty areas and allow for some negative space. Use vertical objects to break strong horizontals lines. Be clean and neat.
This kitchen is from a recent project of mine. This kitchen is being submitted to a magazine so I am limited to posting tight shots so I don’t get in trouble from the editing police! Here are my tips for helping you create a beautifully styled kitchen.
Tip #1 Use Trays to Corral Kitchen Essentials
Tip #2 Add Organic details such as flowers, plants, or herbs
Tip #3 Limit cold surface items on a cold surface
This kitchen has quartzite countertops (the best) so they come off warmer than marble or another stone surface. However I like to use a lot of wood, rattan & seagrass . Here I used a seagrass tray (see below for sources), a wood cutting board, and a rope sphere for warmth. The pot, bunny and bowl are the only “cold” surface items. If you load up your counter with pottery, dishes, and metal. It will look cold.
Tip #4 Add Something Vintage
Here we added a vintage breadboard and vintage wicker covered bottles.
Tip #5 Add Pretty Dishtowels
Tip #6 Avoid Clutter
Keep it clean and uncluttered so it looks like you actually use your counters.
This kitchen has a lot of work space and a huge pantry. The owners are able to corral all of their appliances in the large pantry (a luxury yes). I don’t have that luxury in my kitchen but I am able to stash my toaster and my main coffee maker.
Tip #7 Use your cutting boards
(Lean them against your backsplash or decorate with fruit)
Tip #8 Use fruit for a pop of color
I wish I could show you more of this kitchen. If it gets turned down I will do a post on it later.
If you are interested in any of the accessories used in the photos You can shop the post below. The rope sphere can be found at Target here. The kouboo trays can be found on Amazon here and here. I use these all over the house. The Buddha head is on sale at World Market here.
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We have four other fabulous designers with four different takes on kitchen styling. Click on the links below to get more helpful tips.
All of the above photos were taken by the talented Megan Alldis. You can check out her work at Megan Alldis.