How to: style your kitchen

When it comes to styling the kitchen, there are a few guidelines I’ve come to follow…

1. Store appliances you rarely use in a cupboard and take them out only when you need them
2. Take a visual inventory of your kitchen and identify where there’s unnecessary clutter – maybe it’s a corner filled with paperwork and mail, boxes of cereal or bread on top of your fridge, excessive accessories on top of your cabinets, or mismatched jars and vessels? Do this every few weeks!
3. Clean out your cupboards and pantry (throw out old food & sell or donate unused dishes, etc.) to make room for the items you need to find storage for.
4. Keep it simple – leave out only the items you use on a regular basis; store spices, food, etc. in cupboards.
5. Change things up every once in a while to keep your kitchen looking fresh and updated.

I’ve rounded up some fabulous images along with design tips to give you some inspiration on styling your own kitchen. Enjoy!

{Accesorize the counter top or an empty corner with a bowl filled with fresh fruit, vase of fresh flowers, and /or an art print leaning up against the back splash for a decorative touch. Image source}
{If you have a large island, a big wooden or wicker tray is a great way to neatly display stacked dishes or accessories; a tall vase of fresh flowers in a bright color adds cheer. Image source}

{Keep a colorful pot or kettle on the stove for a decorative touch and neatly store cooking utensils in a simple container. Image source}

{For a long or large island, arrange colorful fruit in long vessel, like this natural wood tray. Image source}

{If you enjoy cooking with different oils, arrange them neatly on a tray, paired with your favorite cookbook displayed on a stand. Adding a plant helps complete the vignette. Image source: designed by Julie Thigpen}
{If you have any open shelving, neatly stack dishes and mugs – it looks great and is functional. Image source}
{Plate stands are a great way to stack extra dishes, especially if you have limited cabinet space. A small tray on the counter is perfect for neatly displaying pasta, jars, vessels, etc. Image source: designed by Julie Thigpen}

{Glass jars are a kitchen counter top’s best friend! Store pasta, rice, flour, etc. in a simple glass jar. It’s convenient and looks great. Image source}

{Again, plate stands and glass jars make great kitchen accessories. Image source}

{If you’re a wine drinker and/or love to entertain, create a small vignette with a tray (or wooden cheeseboard, like the one here), styled with bottles of wine, glasses and maybe a cheese dome or small jar of wine corks. Image source: designed by Julie Thigpen}
{This kitchen counter has large jars of pasta, along with a small collection of cookbooks, where they used a picture frame as one of the book ends. Image source}

{Rattan or wooden trays are fabulous for holding a collection of bottles – whether it be olive oil, alcohol, or ingredients for a coffee bar. A plant placed in the corner brings in a touch of greenery. And another great use for plate stands is to hold fresh fruit. Image source}
{Another great idea for styling a large kitchen island – this image shows a more decorative approach with a large glass jar, tall orchid, and smaller accessories to balance everything. Image source}
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