Published On: Tue, Jul 21st, 2015

Styling Tips for Your Kitchen

kitchenThe kitchen is an area that’s become increasingly important in our homes. Not only is it a place to prepare meals, but it’s also a place where families congregate. In many homes kitchens also serve as an informal dining area.

There’s no doubt that the presentation of a kitchen can set the tone for the rest of the property, and especially at sale time, kitchens are one of the areas where buyers pay plenty of attention. When a kitchen is on-trend, it can add immense value to a property – for example, open plan living is hugely popular and this is reflected in house designs from builders such as Coral Homes.

Fortunately, you don’t need to completely renovate your home. Even ordinary kitchens can be given a new lease on life with some quick changes. Even better, these styling tips won’t break the bank.

Free Up Counter Space
A cluttered counter can make an otherwise tidy kitchen feel smaller and messy. Where possible, store all counter appliances in cupboards unless in use as well as everything else that’s doesn’t need to be left on the countertop. Consider a tray for unifying smaller items including sugar containers and tea and coffee pots, all in the one place. Leaving a few carefully selected items on counters such as potted herbs will help add a natural feel to the room, with cookbooks working well when out on display. Remember the rule of odds when displaying items, grouping items in odd numbers of 1, 3 or 5.

Go Neutral
It might seem difficult to implement a neutral colour scheme if there’s a specific one already in place – but there are cheats. New coloured cupboard doors can often be refitted without installing completely new cabinetry. Be careful using patterns in the kitchen as they can quickly date and may not be everyone’s taste. The benefit of neutral tones will help the space feel cleaner, brighter and more spacious and allow your accessories to do the talking. As a general rule, use only one or two major colours in benches, cupboards and flooring, and possible one additional accent colour. It may also be worth ripping out old tiled splashbacks and going for a grout free neutral coloured glass or acrylic surface, which will also be easier to clean.

Add Height Balance
To add visual interest to the space and draw the eye upwards, consider adding items or décor that add height to the room. Wall mounted shelving works well for displaying spices, herbs, or decorative crockery. Tall wine racks can also tie in well in a kitchen setting, and wall mounted hooks for hanging pots and pans can bring a rustic country feel to the space. Consider placing decorative bowls and jugs on top of over counter cabinets, and never underestimate the space on top of kitchen1the fridge for adding height to the room.

Pick a Theme
When it comes designing and styling kitchens, having a theme that is maintained across the space will bring a cohesive feel to the space. Consider your own style preferences and choose colours, surfaces and accessories that characterise a certain theme. This may be a country farmhouse kitchen with plenty of timber, flowers, herbs and fruit on display, or it may be a more vintage kitchen with old paint tins, faded recycled timber and speckled paint bar stools. Others may prefer a minimalistic ‘white and bright’ theme, sticking to fresh clean tones. Contrasting blacks and whites, as well as using navy blue can bring a French bistro feel and an executive feel to a kitchen.

After implementing these styling tips, keeping the space clean and tidy will be one of the most important ways you can keep the kitchen styled for the best visual impact.

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