Kitchen Decorating: Four Creative Ideas
In redoing your kitchen, sometimes a little bit of decoration and accessorizing can go a long way.
Here are four themed ideas to get you thinking creatively about your new kitchen.
Take stock of the items in your kitchen that you already love: your perfect coffeepot, painting from your sister, and lavender kitchen chair cushions.
No need to pack all these items away. Use them as a starting place and build your design around what you like!
Create your own personal journey to Italy! Begin with rich, warm Mediterranean colors like golden yellows, olive, burnt orange, copper, greens, etc. Rustic pieces, ceramics, and terra cotta pottery all add a Tuscan feel, and many Italian homes will display large pieces of dinnerware in an artistic way. Rustic, distressed, wooden, and terra cotta should all be key words for your Tuscan kitchen. You might also incorporate the following images in some way: wine, olives, herbs, garlic, bread, oils, citrus fruits, or grapevines. Think about adding a mural or mosaic piece for some artistic flair!
Modern Mom ~
Less is definitely more in a modern, minimalist kitchen. As far as color goes, keep it bright and glossy, or white/off white. Your "modern kitchen key words" are: sleek, streamlined, simple, and clutter free. You're also working to create clean lines and pay special attention to shape of items. You might also add some bright wall art, and consider using glass and stainless steel as part of your decorating vocabulary. Hide away as many appliances as you can - there should be very little resting on tables, countertops, or stoves.
Country Style ~
You might choose a simple kitchen patterned wallpaper to get things started, or stick with simple neutral shades/soft oranges and yellows. A few "must have" items for your country kitchen: hand stitched or antique looking pieces of fabric or appliances, a hanging utensil rack, great teakettle, homey placemats/napkins, a fresh flower vase on your kitchen table, aprons, and a quaint welcome sign. You might also add an old rocking chair or bench, hang a quilt on the wall, or invest in some lace curtains to add real country charm. Country Kitchen key words: wooden, antique, hand stitched, colonial, earthenware, home spun, historical.
1950s Retro ~
A few great color options here - you might invest in some retro wallpaper or try the combo of red and black, or pink and turquoise. You might invest in a retro toaster, radio, breadbox, vintage table cloth, clock, aluminum canisters, or vintage phone. The possibilities are endless! For your wall, you might frame some 1950s ads, or choose a retro picture in bright colors. Your 1950s kitchen key words are: retro, bold, classic, aluminum, plastic, checkered, bright, and lively. Really choose your focal points in this kitchen and store away all other items - draw attention to your bright colors and vintage items!
Take your time and shop around for the perfect item that speaks to you. Don't buy anything you don't love. Your kitchen transformation can be as simple as accessorizing, or might include a paint job, different table and chairs, or new cabinet fixtures. Create a budget, map out a plan, and enjoy your new kitchen!
Article contributed by Ann Martin ~
Ann is a freelance writer and artist who writes for a variety of entertaining and dinnerware sites, and enjoys making new discoveries for her own kitchen! Recent finds are Noritake Colorwave Blue and Noritake Colorwave Graphite, which add the perfect touch to her recently remodeled kitchen.