Ready to learn how to style your kitchen like a designer? It’s time for Interior Styling 101. I’m going to be teaching you how to style a welcoming, sophisticated, and layered kitchen. Kitchens are one of my all-time favorite rooms to style, and there are a few designer tricks that I’m going to be sharing to help you achieve a magazine-worthy look in your kitchen styling. Now let’s jump right in to get your kitchen ready for spring.
We’ll be using our four design principles of Interest, Scale, Repetition, and Movement and teaching you how to apply those four principles when you style your space. I want to first break this kitchen down into styling segments. We will be focusing on styling the range wall, floating shelves, perimeter countertops, and island.
The first thing I like to do before styling is to clear everything away and start with a blank slate. This helps our eye to be a bit more decisive as we are styling and adding elements back in. After clearing, group the decorative and functional pieces together that you’ll be using to style the space. I like using cutting boards, vintage ceramics, stone platters, art, herb plants, and fresh flowers for styling. Glass cups, dinnerware, cooking essentials, pretty hand towels, and a few other cool antique and vintage accessories complete the look.
For styling… Let’s start with the range wall first; let’s discuss the large area behind the range. We have our modern pot filler on a very traditional creamy subway tile.
This is a great moment to add some depth with a vintage wooden cutting board and layer that with another stone cutting board. I like how those two layered together ground this wall and are a jumping-off point for the materials I’m going to mix into the room.
I’m going to use my cute little LeCruset teapot in front. We drink tea every day, so this little cutie stays out at all times, and I actually love how it adds some cottage charm to this part of the kitchen.
Now let’s move on to the area that I like to style with oil and wooden cooking utensils. Having items like this at close reach is not only a functional addition to styling this part of the kitchen, but they are also beautiful when styled properly.
So I like to add in a little tray or, better yet, a lazy susan to group everything on, then I start with the tallest element in this grouping, and that’s my crock and all my wooden cooking spoons and rolling pin.
Now pro-tip… Stick with wooden cooking utensils for styling, and keep all the metal ones tucked away in a drawer. Just this one little step is going to elevate your styling, I promise.
After getting the height at the back, let’s add in other useful items that I like to have in quick reach of the range. First, I decanted oil and vinegar into a clear glass jar. This is another pro tip to elevate your styling… Decanting your liquids into pretty clear jars… makes such a difference. For salt and pepper, I like wooden ones because they tie into my antique cutting board and give us that repetition of material. I’ll add a marble butter jar my mom gave me and a little spoon holder to complete the look.
Now on to the rest of the countertop on this wall… Our range wall has windows, and because of that, I like to keep a few potted herb plants on the countertop under the window to add some greenery to the space.
It is also great because they are at arm’s reach when cooking… pretty and practical… the very best combo. On the other side of the range wall, I added an antique beaker stand. I found the unique piece at a market in High Point, North Carolina.
I love the height and interest it adds to the space. Plus, the patinaed black iron finish ties into other black elements I have in the room. It brings such fun, unexpected interest to the space. Now that we have the range wall all styled. Let’s move on to the next part of my kitchen: the open shelving wall.
Open shelves in kitchens are so popular now. But often, people have difficulty styling them in a sophisticated and thoughtful way. Let’s go through how to achieve beautifully styled open shelving.
First, I have several shelves in my kitchen. It’s quite a lot of display area. So I want to go back to those four design principles. Which are Interest, Scale, Repetition, and Movement. Let’s start with interest and scale. By using a mix of functional and decorative items in varying materials, I layer in different size pieces.
I added some cool vintage pottery pieces and art painted by a friend. These share a similar tone, so we get the repetition of color here.
I love a good pop of brass and black in all my designs, and those metal colors tie into the lighting and hardware in the space.
I layered in some of this fun vintage brass-lidded bowl, mortar, and pestle.
Also, l popped in a vintage barware set that brings together the brass and black colors. So does the cool antique kitchen scale. The shelf closest to the bottom is where I like to keep easy-access dishes and wine glasses. Displaying these items on open shelving is both pretty and practical.
We use these dishes every day and often have a glass of wine as we cook. Therefore, I love having these glasses in close reach. Now for this countertop area, I added some dimension with an olive wood cutting board.
Also, I always love tucking in a little lamp, if possible, in a kitchen. I think it adds so much cozy charm, and I highly recommend it if you have the space on your countertops. I placed a little funky ceramic vase with fresh flowers to complete the look. Plus, a towel, a few books, and a little handmade bowl.
Then on the other side, just an easy woven vase with a handful of flowers and a handmade ceramic colander with a few pretty pears to add a pop of color.
Fresh flowers and live herb plants add so much charm and texture to the kitchen, and they’re a little daily luxury I keep in my kitchen all the time. And there you have it, beautiful and functional designed open shelving.
Now the final area of the kitchen that we styled is the island. The island is the center point of your kitchen. It’s where we gather and socialize, so we love for this space to be inviting. Let’s think about the design principle of movement real quick.
Movement in your design brings your space to life and keeps you from having stagnant spaces.
I want to create movement for the eyes throughout the different kitchen areas, so let’s repeat some of the elements that we used in the other areas.
First, I like to layer a tray or cutting board to corral everything on top of it. A vintage cutting board is a great piece that ties into the other wooden elements in the room.
I then placed a bowl of pears to tie into the pears on the countertop and layered a hand towel as well to soften everything up. I added a little stone candle votive, ceramic ring holder, and dish soap dispenser to the back of the cutting board.
Then to top it off, I added some height with budding branches that I cut from our garden. I displayed them in this large pot and then added in some dried moss to complete the look, and viola… the island was complete.
As Always, Thank you for reading, and remember, good design is for everyone. So create a home that inspires you and fall in love with where you live, one room at a time.
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