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Take notes: 7 great ways to style your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and particularly in today’s more open-plan houses, it’s one that often takes centre stage. With just a few neat styling tricks, you can take your kitchen from fine to fabulous! So today I’m sharing my top stylist tricks on great ways to style your kitchen.

Whether you love home decor or you’re a minimalist at heart, keep scrolling for easy ways you can elevate your kitchen.

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1. Layered arrangement

One of our favourite ‘go to’ styling tricks in the kitchen is to create a layered arrangement resting against a wall or your splashback. For example, a cutting board or two, salt and pepper grinders, and smaller décor pieces such as canisters or small pinch bowls instantly add style your kitchen.

My top tip to getting this right is to think about ‘contrast’ — mix shapes (such as a round and rectangular cutting board), size, and materials.

Kitchen vignette
Kitchen vignette we styled in a recent kitchen project | See the full before and after

2. Fresh flowers

I’m a sucker for fresh flowers and in my opinion, one of the best places to display these is on your kitchen bench — you’ll see and appreciate them more in this high traffic area than anywhere else in the home.

If you find it hard to justify the cost of fresh flowers, you could opt for a bouquet that incorporates native flowers that will last up to twice as long as other cut flowers, and we also have tips here on how to extend the life of your flowers. Also, if you’re time poor and find it difficult to get to a florist, there are flower delivery services that will deliver stunning bouquets to your doorstep.

Of course, you can always pull out the secateurs and forage stems from the garden which can look just as stunning — and it’s free! Magnolia, eucalyptus or olive branches are my faves, but almost anything looks fab once you put it in a vase.

Olive branches in kitchen

3. Sink styling

Most of us will have dish soap or hand soap next to the kitchen sink — why not turn this area of the kitchen into a stylish arrangement with a few easy steps?

How to create a kitchen sink vignette:

  • start with a base of some kind, such as a tray or trivet
  • look for soap products in beautiful packaging or place them in ceramic soap pumps
  • add interest with an indoor plant and/or candle
  • introduce texture with an item such as a scrubbing brush with natural bristles.
Kitchen sink vignette

4. Bookshelf or wall shelf

Nowadays it’s increasingly common for people to have open wall shelves or a small bookshelf incorporated in their kitchen design.

You can find all our shelf styling tips here and some ideas of home decor you could use are recipe books, beautiful ceramic pieces such as oil bottles or sugar bowls, art print, cake stand, teapot, salt and pepper grinders, or other items that relate to the kitchen.

5. Canister with utensils

A functional and stylish idea to style your kitchen is to place a canister or jug of utensils next to the stove.

To keep this looking fab, stick to uniform utensils, such as only timber and stainless steel (rather than also bringing in coloured plastic utensils).

This canister could be a standalone piece or incorporated into the larger layered arrangement mentioned above.

Style your kitchen

6. Fresh produce

Wherever possible, I always suggest adding ‘life’ to rooms. Fresh fruit or vegetables in a beautiful fruit bowl creates a stunning focal point on kitchen islands.

You can place the bowl next to your vase of fresh flowers or create two separate arrangements in the space.

7. Tea towel draped over the sink or stove

The final touch is to drape a tea towel over your sink or stove. It’s an effortless trick that will bring texture and that ‘lived in’ feel to your kitchen.

Tea towel draped over kitchen sink is one of the great ways to style your kitchen

Do you have other tips to style your kitchen you’d like to share? Post them in the comments below!

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This article was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated with new images and information

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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