I love eating and I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, as well as having people around. One of the biggest challenges, when I first moved in the city apartment with MrA, was to style a very old kitchen and later on to decorate a new, modern space that looked almost "clinical" without any accessories.
In both cases, my aim was to create an efficient, organized, but yet stylish kitchen. I was looking for space-saving storage solutions, so that I could have enough countertop space for food preparation, but at the same time to display utility items that would add a bit more personality and warmth to our kitchen, without creating a visual clutter.
Here are some ideas on how to create a stylish culinary stage that reflects your personality:
Turn clutter into décor
Branded packaged goods on countertops can create a visual clutter. Glass jars with sleek handwritten labels for dry goods (cereal, sugar, coffee, pasta etc), as well as pretty dispensers for oil, vinegar and soap bring a sense of stylish uniformity to the kitchen. Everyday kitchen items, like knives and colorful mugs, can double act as wall décor, while it's easy to grab.
Smaller appliances (kettle, microwave, coffee machine etc) that often take up precious countertop space can find home in space-saving utility carts. Similarly, open shelving stocked with bright dishware and stovetops with stainless steel or copper cookware is utility doubling as décor.
Bringing in green does wonders for any windowsill or kitchen countertop. Pots with fresh herbs for cooking are ideal for kitchens with daylight, whereas succulents and cacti last forever and thrive indoors. Similarly, colorful fresh fruits and veggies in stylish bowls help to perk up the space.
Brighten things up
While we love a clean white kitchen, a pop of color breaks up the crisp palette and brings out the warmth of the space. It's amazing what an impact can make swapping out cupboard knobs or a few colorful pots, pans, mixing bowls, tea towels and kitchen art prints against a neutral-toned backdrop of woods and whites.
Take inspiration from others
Stay curious and take inspiration from other people’s spaces, but do not attempt to replicate them. Accessorizing helps to create spaces that reflect your personality. The best places for hunting down inspiration are Pinterest and blogs.