10 Kitchen Styling Tips from a Designer

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s important to make sure it’s not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Are you tired of your kitchen feeling cluttered and uninspired? Do you want to create a space that’s not only functional but also beautiful? I’m here to help! I’m sharing my design experience and knowledge with you today because I have compiled 10 kitchen styling tips that will elevate your space. From decluttering and organizing to adding decorative accents, we will cover everything you need to know to transform your kitchen into a beautiful and functional space. So, please grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s dive in!

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1. Choose Classic Colors for Timeless Appeal

When selecting colours for your kitchen, it’s important to choose classic colours that will stand the test of time. Neutral colours like white, cream, and gray are always a safe bet and provide a clean and timeless look. If you want to add a pop of colour, consider using accessories like dishes or artwork.

2. Incorporate Timeless Lighting for a Stylish Look

Lighting is an essential element in any kitchen. To add personality to your space, choose functional and stylish lighting. Classic lighting choices like pendant lights or chandeliers are always a safe bet.

Stuck on how to perfeclty add lighting to your kitchen? Learn the designer secrets and tips here.

3. Keep your Kitchen Styling Simple

A clutter-free kitchen looks better and is easier to work in. Store small appliances and utensils in cabinets and drawers, and keep countertops as clear as possible.

4. Add Texture with a Backsplash

A backsplash is a great way to add texture and interest to your kitchen. Use subway tile or natural stone for a classic look that will never go out of style.

Want to learn more about our kitchen reno? Read more here.

5. Incorporate Wood and Natural Elements for Warmth and Texture

Wood accents add warmth and texture to a kitchen and are timeless choices. Consider adding wood accents through cabinetry, flooring, or a wooden cutting board or a plant on your windowsill. Natural elements will create a calming and peaceful atmosphere in your space.

6. Keep the Countertops Simple for a Clean Look

When it comes to countertops, the best idea is to keep them simple and classic. Granite or marble countertops are timeless choices that never go out of style.

7. Mix Metals for Interest

Mixing metals is a great way to add interest and texture to your kitchen. Mix stainless steel appliances with brass or copper hardware for a timeless look.

8. Add Personality to your Kitchen Styling with Accessories

Accessories are a great way to add personality and interest to your kitchen. Add a timeless touch and add colourful dishes, artwork, or a unique rug.

9. Keep Countertops Clutter-Free

Cluttered countertops can make your kitchen feel chaotic and overwhelming. In a kitchen, space is valuable, therefore you should keep decorative items practical. Therefore, finding stylish everyday items that act as décor but functional pieces you use while cooking/entertaining is a great idea. Consider storing small appliances like toasters and blenders in cabinets to free up counter space.

10. Display Artwork for Visual Interest

Displaying artwork in your kitchen is a great way to add personality and colour to your space. Consider hanging a large piece of artwork above your dining table or displaying a collection of smaller pieces on an open shelf. Artwork will create a focal point in your space and add visual interest.

PRO TIP: Want to display art on tiled areas like I did in my kitchen? Use 3M Command hooks and strips! They are easy to remove and don’t damage the tiles.

Breakfast book in kitchen with styled table and shiplap wall

If you want to refresh your kitchen into a stunning and practical area you’ll love spending time in it might be easier than you might have assumed. These kitchen styling tips can help you achieve your aim without exceeding your budget. Whether budget-conscious or willing to invest, these suggestions can help boost your kitchen’s style and functionality. Don’t settle for a dull and uninspiring kitchen when you can create a great space you’ll adore.

FAQs

How can I make my kitchen more attractive?

Follow these simple steps to get your kitchen styling to the next level. First, declutter and organize the area. Then, incorporate pops of colour and interesting textures, invest in quality lighting, and display personal items that reflect your style and personality. Additionally, timeless design elements such as durable materials and colour schemes can significantly enhance the appeal and elegance of your kitchen.

What makes a kitchen look classy?

When it comes to kitchen styling, achieving a classy look means focusing on clean lines and incorporating premium materials. A harmonious colour palette and thoughtful details like strategic lighting and organized storage can elevate your high-end kitchen design’s overall polished and refined ambiance.

How do you dress a modern kitchen?

Enhance your kitchen styling with a contemporary touch by prioritizing minimalist design, premium materials, and a cohesive colour scheme. Maximize the functionality with smart storage solutions while elevating the modern vibe with sophisticated decor elements like sleek stainless steel appliances or trendy bar stools. Achieve a refined and elegant ambiance that transforms your kitchen into a masterpiece.

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12 Comments

  1. Sandra Trotter
    May 24, 2022 /

    What are your counter tops made of, please.

  2. Emma Courtney
    Author
    May 31, 2022 /

    They are quartz!

  3. shelley buhler
    August 18, 2022 /

    Do you have a video of how you built your range hood cover?

  4. Emma Courtney
    Author
    August 22, 2022 /

    No, not available to the public unfortunately. It includes electrical and I don’t want to give advice since I am not an electrician!

  5. Laura
    August 24, 2022 /

    Can you share what paint colour your cabinets are?

  6. Emma Courtney
    Author
    September 19, 2022 /

    Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore

  7. Thomas Huegel
    October 23, 2022 /

    What company did you use for your cabinets? They look great!

  8. Emma Courtney
    Author
    October 24, 2022 /

    AllStyle Retrofit and IKEA

  9. Beth H
    February 16, 2023 /

    curious about the vent hood. was it SS and you painted it? did you order it in that color? I love it. I really dislike the chimney style vent hoods, but I love how you did yours to match the cabinets. Just wondered how you did it!

  10. Emma Courtney
    Author
    February 20, 2023 /

    I kept the range hood we had from the old kitchen. It was stainless steel. Then I framed it out and covered it. I don’t share the tutorial due to there being some electrical/code involved but I found Pinterest really helpful to see how others framed their out! It’s also important to ensure that it is high enough above the range when you take into consideration the material you’re covering it with! I used a really good primer and then painted it with a pearl finish sheen which is as close as I could get to the finish of my cabinet doors.

  11. February 27, 2023 /

    What color are your cabinet knobs?

  12. Emma Courtney
    Author
    March 13, 2023 /

    They are unlacquered brass!

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