Adding Some Flair to Your Kitchen Countertops
A beautiful kitchen with completely bare countertops looks cold and uninviting. Every kitchen should have some decorative (and often functional) pieces on the countertop to create a lived-in look. Of course, too much flair, and you won't have room to go about your kitchen work, so don't go overboard. Depending on the size of your kitchen, about 6 - 10 decorative pieces is appropriate. Here are six simple ideas for adding some flair to your kitchen:
Wooden utensils create a homier, warm look to your kitchen as opposed to metal ones. Consider putting some of them (spoons, ladle, turner, etc.) in a beautiful holder of your choosing (ceramic pitchers look really nice). Place the holder close to your stovetop, where the utensils would be used.
Yes, the mixer on the countertop is still just as popular as it was in the 1950s. Although these days, many mixers are really art pieces in themselves. The fun colors they're offered in can give your kitchen a little pop of color. Even if you don't use your mixer all that often, it's an appliance that deserves to be shown off, not hidden away in a cabinet.
Bring something from nature into the kitchen to add texture to the room. You can do a small spider plant, a bowl of pinecones or acorns, or a terrarium. If you want something useful, consider putting a row of potted herbs near a window. Rosemary, basil, dill, mint, and parsley all do well grown inside.
A beautiful tray makes for great decor, particularly where there is dead space on an island. A tray can hold a variety of things--candles, a glass jar of fruit, fresh-cut flowers, cooking oils, etc. What's convenient about a tray is that when you need to move all the decorative stuff out of the way, all you have to do is pick up the tray.
If you tend to use cookbooks a lot (or want to create the illusion that you do), a simple wooden cookbook stand can sit on your counter. Place your favorite cookbook on it and turn the pages to your favorite recipe or one that you hope to try sometime.
If you have a special kitchen antique item you'd like to show off, put it on your countertop! Think vintage cake stands, jars, teakettles, or an old counter scale, etc. This will add some character to your kitchen and serves as a conversation piece.
Your kitchen is more than just the food center of your home. Just like any other room in your house, it's a chance to feature decor items that add texture, color, and story to the room.
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