Kitchen decorating starts with the cabinets you pick, the counter tops, flooring and more. Some homeowners picked these out when building their house or remodeling the kitchen. Most of us bought homes where these decisions were already made, and the kitchen works, so you live with what you've got.
What if you decided that each year in the fall, you would start decorating your home for the holidays by adding (or changing) just one feature in your kitchen? One year you might get a new refrigerator, another year upgrade to a tile floor and some years you might not want to spend as much. The ideas offer ways to decorate and update your kitchen at the same time.
Kitchen Decorating with Baskets
There are lots of reasons to decorate with baskets, starting with the fact that they're inexpensive. Baskets are wonderful for kitchen decorating. They're neutral in color so they compliment almost any decorating theme. Baskets add lots of texture to a room,giving more depth to your overall kitchen decorating scheme.
Another benefit of using baskets for kitchen decorating is added storage. You can use baskets in upper wall cabinets or shelves, to store things out of sight with easy access. Baskets can also be tucked into base cabinets that are open (below) or behind doors to make it easy to remove things.
Kitchen Decorating with Tile
Most people when you talk about tile in the kitchen, assume you're talking about the floor as things get spilled in the kitchen and tile is easy to clean. Tile is great for backsplashes too, so when food splatters it's easy to clean and less risk of stains than painted walls or worse, wallpaper.
Start with goals and picking materials that meet your goals and satisfy your personality at the same time. Here we show some of the many choices you have — natural tile over the stove or shiny tin tiles over the sink, retro and gaining new popularity. My favorite if you know you're staying in your house for many years, is to add art like this flowering tile from ColorBakery.com.
Kitchen Decorating with Color Where?
There are many easy ways to add color to your kitchen. Like any other room in your home, a coat of paint (you actually need 2 coats for good coverage) can transform the personality of a room quickly. If you grow tired of the color in a few years, pick new colors — yes, you can mix and match colors in lots of creative ways (learn more about kitchen decorating with color).
To be honest, it was a bit challenging to find great examples of kitchen decorating with color. My expectation was I'd find accent walls (or the entire room) in bold (red below) and more subdued colors (green below). What I found was mostly neutral kitchen colors, with texture coming from cabinets, counter tops,and backsplashes in again, neutral colors.
It's true that painting kitchens and bathrooms are more challenging because there are many features you need to cut around. At the same time, painting is a skill that homeowners who like to do-it-yourself, should get good at, including buying a good set of paint brushes. Alternatively and if you like to sew, you can also add color with window treatments or furnishings like the blue seat cushion below.
Holiday Decorating Ideas
In case you'd rather focus your decorating energy on other rooms, we've got lots of articles you can pick from. We're also interesting in your kitchen decorating ideas, to share with others.
- Adding Holiday Cheer to Your Front Door
- Welcoming Holiday Guests to Your Home
- Decorating Tips for the Living Room
- Decorating Kitchens for Baking & Entertaining
- Holiday Decorating with a Decorator
- Holiday Decorating and Tablescapes
- Kitchen Decorating for the Holidays … you're here now!