What do you think of when you hear the term home décor? My first thoughts go to pillows, rugs, my collection of sentimental items on the bookcase, or my favorite photo on my bedside table. What I don’t always think of is décor in the kitchen! Until we completed our kitchen renovation last year, I didn’t realize how necessary it was to add a little flair in that space. As a self-proclaimed lover of clean countertops, this doesn’t mean a lot stuff on our butcher block island, rather, it’s our favorite tea towels by the coffee maker, the lighting over our sink, the hardware on our cabinets and, yes, the window treatments on our sliding patio doors!
Whether you’re in the midst of a kitchen renovation or you’re simply looking to spruce yours up, here are a few things you can do right now to make some big impact on the heart of the home.
- Switch up—or add—cabinet hardware. We installed a mix of cabinet colors by choosing white around the perimeter and black for the island. There was a small moment before we chose our hardware that I panicked. “It looks so sterile!” I told Scott. We eventually landed on shiny brass and oil-rubbed-bronze hardware, and just like that, our kitchen had soul. Don’t underestimate the power of cabinet hardware!
2. Utilize task lighting. Lighting above your island, above your sink, and recessed into the ceiling can set the mood for any time of day. If, however, you don’t have the time or budget to run new electrical, budget friendly LED under-or-over cabinet kits are available at hardware stores. We love using only our under-cabinet lighting for dinner parties—it creates a softer mood in the evenings.
3. Window treatments work in the kitchen, too! If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a window or two in your kitchen, show that glass some love! Bali Natural Blinds adds a big dose of texture, whereas a Roman shade adds softness. Get creative with patterned fabric if you have wood or white cabinetry, or downplay vibrant colors elsewhere with soft linen shades.
4. Choose cheerful textiles. It’s funny, but I never paid much attention to hand or tea towels before our kitchen was completed. Now? The funkier, the better. That small swatch of fabric can inject a lot of fun into an otherwise utilitarian work space!
5. Don’t forget about the walls! I love any excuse to throw art on the walls in our home, and the kitchen is no exception. We have a variety of favorite prints, family photos, and quirky photography of hot dogs and doughnuts! By hanging artwork away from the stove or sink, we save ourselves from the worry of splashing water or cooking oil on them.
The biggest lesson we learned during our renovation is that kitchens are so, so personal. No matter what’s trending online, in magazines, or in your best friend’s house, go with your gut and choose items and finishes that make you happy. Your gut is always right.
For more kitchen ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out Bali Blinds on Pinterest! Bali Blinds has got you covered.