Ready to refresh your kitchen decor? Kate here, and the new year has me thinking about how I can infuse my interior with the things I love most. This winter, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed preparing delicious meals and snacks in the kitchen. Perhaps it’s because the warmth of the oven takes the chill out of the air. And when you’re stuck at home during icy weather, there’s nothing like the smell of hot coffee, savory soup or roasted olives to take a “night in” to the next level.
Today’s post celebrates all things foodie! I don’t know about you, but I’m motivated to cook more and eat out less when my kitchen is filled with reminders of culinary delights. Surround yourself with the tools and ingredients of the trade, and you’ll be a chef in no time. Here are some stunning spaces that give new meaning to the word “foodie”…
The Foodie Look
Rather than being filled to the brim, the foodie kitchen is a clean space. Because you can’t cook when surrounded by clutter! No wonder so many of today’s top kitchens prioritize tidy design over layers of “stuff”. And an occasional Kraftwerk poster doesn’t hurt… [from Roundhouse]
Foodie kitchens may also have those special touches that evoke the feel of a fine restaurant or an airy bistro. Cue the large windows and modern pendant lighting! [from Rufty Homes]
Another popular foodie kitchen feature? Marble countertops! If you’re a fan of cooking blogs, you’re well aware that many a foodie photo shoot is styled against the backdrop of marble. [from Pinney Designs]
The kitchen of Athena Calderone’s Amagansett, NY home is filled with earthy, rustic details. Don’t you love the open shelving in wood? Consider open shelves in your space to create a display area for necessities such as glassware and dishes. [from Eye Swoon]
Of course, Ms. Calderone’s Brooklyn kitchen is equally alluring, adding a dash of unexpected magic with the help of mixed materials. Gold and silver tones create a sensational contrast, while marble adds interest and wood grounds the space. [from Eye Swoon]
The foodie kitchen doesn’t have to be a large kitchen. Cleverly maximizing your space can go a long way in adding style and functionality to even the smallest of rooms. [from Crate & Barrel]
Let’s take a closer look at some foodie design ideas! I’m talking about those special touches we can all add to our culinary spaces, regardless of the size or layout. The kitchen close-up below reveals a nook decked out in butcher block floating shelves and a striated marble backsplash, but foodie items such as cookbooks and enticing ingredients can deck out any kitchen. [from Michael Goodsmith Design via Houzz]
There’s nothing like fresh greenery and produce to inspire beautiful meals. Below we see a kitchen designed by Katja van der Loo. Sure, you may not have veggies on the cutting board at all times, but nothing’s stopping you from displaying a bowl of fruit. I’m partial to lemons! [from Pickell Architecture, photo by Katrina Mojzesz]
Need I say more about the power of fresh produce and striking greenery?… [from Lonny]
I love getting design inspiration from Lonny–the images are so real, and you can tell that while the spaces are beautifully styled, they are full of authenticity. Below we see the ultimate foodie kitchen, complete with an abundance of produce and herbs, as well as plenty of dishes and glassware at the ready. Easy access is key!
Speaking of easy access, the kitchen below makes food preparation easy, thanks to an assortment of glass canisters that display oft-used ingredients. [from Lonny]
There is power in the tools of the trade! Popular foodie kitchen details (that also happen to be quite functional) include the tea kettle, the pepper grinder, and the mortar and pestle. [from Clifton Leung Design Workshop]
Do you sometimes put your cutting boards on display? If they’re as lovely as the ones below (from West Elm), they can add a level of artistry to your kitchen:
If you regularly read my posts, chances are you know I’m a big fan of DIY and lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess. I’m also a fan of ABM blogger Elsie’s kitchen–she takes the knife magnet to a new level by displaying a colorful array of culinary tools, reminding us that foodies love to have their supplies within arms’ reach!
Speaking of colorful culinary tools, note the radiant blue Le Creuset enamel cookware in the white kitchen below! Color can stimulate the appetite and inspire great creativity. I have no doubt that wonderful dishes are prepared at that royal blue kitchen island! [from Farmers]
In fact, if you happen to have cookware that’s as stylish as it is functional, putting it on display is a great way to add a pop of color while freeing up cabinet space for other items. Below we see Revolution Porcelain Cookware from West Elm:
The foodie kitchen is an organized kitchen. And yes, sometimes that organization extends to the pantry and the inside of the fridge. When the containers are this vibrant and useful, it’s hard not to keep things tidy. Can you believe this set of 12 storage bowls with yellow lids from Crate & Barrel is only $19.95?
Don’t forget to enjoy the food! An ideal feature of the foodie kitchen is a beautifully appointed eating nook. You have to step back and savor each bite from time to time! [from Lonny]
While writing today’s post, I had to take a break because I was overcome with the desire to prepare a cheese plate and cook a delicious pasta dinner, complete with fresh herbs. The images above brought out the chef in me! May they do the same for you too!