How many times have you found yourself entertaining at home, only to be surrounded by your guests in the kitchen? They never sit on the sofa and eat the appetizers you put out on the coffee table, do they?! That’s because in many cases, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And you’re the heart of the party when you invite guests to your place. Doesn’t it make sense that they’d want to be where you are? Which bring us to our next point… space.
That’s right–the kitchen is a place where you do a substantial amount of work in the meal preparation department. You need room to chop, dice and puree. Filling your countertops with decorative clutter just won’t do, especially if you currently live in a place with a small kitchen (much like the writer of this article). Knowing what to store in cabinets, what to leave out and how to enhance your space with is key, especially if you are dealing with a compact kitchen. Today we feature a range of decorating ideas for kitchens of all sizes, from large layouts to tiny galley spaces. Let the images below give you some delicious ideas… Enjoy!
Stick to the Necessities
We start with the basics, exemplified by the kitchen below from Kristi Will Home + Design. What do we see here? Bottled water, a vase of flowers, fruit, spices and cooking equipment. Yes, many a modern kitchen sticks to the essentials, displaying only what is necessary, yet playing up the design-worthy elements of these necessities. For example, a clear bowl of lemons is an eye-catching statement. Plus, the produce is ready to grab right when you need it!
Another fun way to keep it basic is to display useful items in stylish containers, such as the cobalt blue receptacles below. Note how they match the pendant lighting that hangs overhead, perfectly contrasting the hi-gloss cabinets of this sleek kitchen. [from Handwerk Interiors]
Why keep it simple? Because it frees up counter space and results in a clean, uncluttered look, as shown in this next featured kitchen. A bowl of red apples is the perfect focal point in a room filled with neutrals, glass and stainless steel. [from Seed Interiors via Houzz]
Clean-lined kitchen with cobalt accents
Next we see a close-up of a kitchen designed by Vanessa De Vargas. Note how soothing clean counter space can be, especially when accented with colorful fresh produce. In fact, the clean look of the room becomes a crucial part of the design, don’t you thin?! [from Jeri Koegel Photography]
Contemporary kitchen with clear counters
Just because you display essentials doesn’t mean your countertops have to be clear. In fact, this may not be realistic in some kitchens, especially if counter space is scarce. In the kitchen below, we see a range of items at the ready, from ingredients to pots. The look may not be as minimalist, but nothing beats having everything you need within arm’s reach. [from KitchenLab Design]
Bowls of fruit on display in a modern kitchen
Accessible equipment in an organized kitchen