Your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle, the rest of your house – and your personality! It’s not difficult to design and decorate a kitchen that complements your personal style and your home. Whether it’s installing major fixtures or adding some stylish sculptures, make your kitchen your own with updated decorations that showcase your aesthetic.
There are so many creative ways that you can add personality to your kitchen, even if you’re on a budget. Let’s look at some unique kitchen decorating tips.
Lighting is essential for creating mood and effects in your kitchen. A bright, well-lit area looks ready for action, while softer lighting helps to creating a calming environment. Statement lighting is the perfect way to provide an instant visual impact. Pedant lights are a great way to add an artistic element with additional practical benefits. Check out these examples that have lifted and modernised the look of the kitchen.
If you’d like some more flexible options, floor lamps can still make an impressive statement. Make sure you store them out of the way, and use them to highlight some of your other design pieces. A modern option with a difference is to place floor lights under the counters of your kitchen to light it up with a soft glow.
Showcase your style with carefully selected art pieces that complement your kitchen and turn it into your own personal gallery! Small sculptural pieces can be displayed on shelves, countertops, or cabinets. Get creative – your artisan markets will have plenty of locally-sourced options, or perhaps you can show off trinkets collected on travels. Keep practical considerations in mind. You don’t want your bench space cluttered with objects that you aren’t using.
Keeping your bench free and utilising lots of blank space, art pieces on the walls add visual interest and personality to your kitchen. Choose some artistic photographs for a modern feel, either black and white or with a bright splash of colour. Family photos create a cosy, homey feel that makes your kitchen feel welcoming and uniquely yours.
Green, fresh, and vibrant – plant life is perfect for adding personality to your kitchen. Tall plants on the ground keep your bench space free, or install a shelf to house smaller options. For a splash of green that also adds extra options to your menu, small window gardens can house herbs that are on hand to bring your recipes to the next level.
If you’re not naturally a green thumb, you’ll need to put in a bit of extra research to determine which plants will work for the conditions in your kitchen. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, you’ll need to get hardier plants that don’t mind a bit of shade. Hot, streaming midday sun is great for a bright kitchen, but might cook your herbs before you get the chance to cook them yourself!
Everyone loves a good bench vignette! Choose some beautiful items to brighten up a corner or section of your countertop or shelf, and display them in a way that reflects your style. Extra points if the items are useful, so you can keep them close to hand. Oil, dried herbs, wooden chopping boards – there are plenty of items in your kitchen that you can display in a beautiful way. Have a look at this guide on how to style your benchtop display.
Tools on Show
If you have already expressed your personal style with unique kitchen tools like crockery or utensils, don’t hide them away! Find a shelf, cabinet, or other display area where you can incorporate them into your kitchen design. The same goes for pots and pans, and even appliances. Sets of fancy cookware are very display-worthy, with hooks on the wall or cupboards. Choose bright colours that match your theme, dazzle with metallic finishes, or head to the op shop for artfully mismatched prints.
Use Your Walls
The kitchen bench is first and foremost a workspace, so it’s best to do the bulk of your decorating up where it won’t cause clutter. Your walls and splashboard are perfect, as large surface areas that can easily lend themselves to some decorating magic. We’ve talked about hanging art and photos, but you also might want to consider a mirror. Opening up the room, reflecting your other decorations, and giving the added impression of space, it’s a great way to use your wall.
For quick change, you can’t go past a lick of paint. Don’t forget that can go for your tiles as well, although you’ll have to invest in some specialised paint. For other kitchens, wallpaper is coming back into style as a great way to introduce a colour, print, or even texture. Or turn your wall into a statement with chalkboard paint, creating a large space your family can write messages, draw pictures, and display quotes.
Kitchen furniture doesn’t have to be utilitarian. It’s a great way to add functionality and also express your style. If you’re on a budget, check out second-hand options and see what’s available – you might be surprised! Get sleek metallic shelves that match your modern style, a wooden display cabinet for a touch of nostalgia and extra storage, or funky bar stools that liven up your area.
You want your extra furniture to fit your space, as well as providing a way for you to showcase your style. Think about your dining table, shelving (floating shelves give you display options without taking up floor or bench space), bar stools, and more – it’s a great way to maximise your space and showcase your personal style.
Start With the Best
The best way to have a kitchen that reflects your style is to craft the basics with your home in mind. We create kitchens that are designed to be high quality, affordable, and fit your space to perfection. Then, try some of these unique kitchen decorating tips to make the room truly yours. Speak to us today about a kitchen that matches your personality, your home, and your budget!