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Kitchen Decorating: From Accent Walls to Open Shelving

Decorating a kitchen A clean, organized kitchen can make you feel good but a well-decorated kitchen can make you feel great.  Cooking is one way of exploring your creativity.  You can try out new things and combine ingredients to...

Decorating a kitchen
Decorating a kitchen

A clean, organized kitchen can make you feel good but a well-decorated kitchen can make you feel great.  Cooking is one way of exploring your creativity.  You can try out new things and combine ingredients to come up with something delicious.  However, you can also be creative while you’re decorating your kitchen.  This is helpful because different forms of creativity feed off of each other.  So if you’re cooking in a well-decorated kitchen, it can actually help to get your creative juices flowing.  Here is some advice on decorating a kitchen:

  1. Paint.  If you own your home, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t paint each room the color you like.  No need to go with boring white or ivory in all your rooms.  Most people do tend to go with a pastel color though.  You could try light blue, light green or even light yellow if you dare!  Sometimes, you can paint one wall of the room a darker color.  For example, if all your kitchen walls are light blue, you can paint one dark blue.  This creates a pop of color that brightens up the space.  Just make sure that you choose your colors with care because you’re going to have to live with them later on.

    Accent Wall
    Accent Wall

  2. Cabinets/Shelves.  Most traditional kitchens have cabinets to put away pots and pans but nowadays, it’s trendy to just have open shelving on which everything can be seen.  Of course, this means that you have to take pains to keep everything really clean all the time.  But the results can be quite spectacular, such as this kitchen seen in Apartment Therapy (look at point 3 in the article).  Everything is easily visible and accessible in this type of arrangement.
  3. Artwork.  Yes, you can and should have artwork in your kitchen.  In general, all your cabinets will be placed on one or two walls of your kitchen, which should leave you with some wall space that you can decorate with artwork.  There’s no need to be very serious about what you hang on these walls.  You can go with fun posters, Impressionist artwork or just funny sayings you may have picked up here and there.  One great idea is to create an accent wall with 6 or 7 totally different frames arranged in a synergistic way that brings the wall together.  Check out this arrangement of frames on Huffington Post to get an idea of how to create an accent wall.
  4. Lighting.  It definitely helps to have a bit of natural light in your kitchen because it just makes you feel good to be cooking in that kind of space.  So if you have any windows, don’t cover them up with blinds or heavy curtains.  At the most, you can use light curtains that will cut out the glare but still let the light in.  A few plant pots on the window sill will also help to create a homely atmosphere.
  5. Adjoining Rooms.  If possible, you can create one continuous space that contains both,  your kitchen as well as your dining area.  You can even have a kitchen which flows into your living room.  The advantage of this type of arrangement is that it gives a greater illusion of space.  Both, your kitchen and your dining/living rooms, will look bigger.  Plus, it always makes a kitchen look more homey when you have a dining table and chairs in it.  Add a vase of flowers on your dining table top and it becomes the kind of space where you’ll want to linger all day, working, reading or helping your kids with homework.

Contact us for more great tips on decorating your kitchen.