Now you’ve got the kitchen of your dreams, it’s time for the fun part – decorating!
- If you have open shelving or glass-fronted cabinets, this is the spot to display your matching plates or glasses (not cans of beans or jars of mayonnaise). Display matching sets and colourful pieces here for neat and tidy shelves that become art in the kitchen.
- The tools you need for the job should always be close at hand. Your cutlery near the table, knives near the cutting board (and well out of reach if you have children), pots and pans near the stove – preferably nested to save space.
- If you have the luxury of extra counter space, try stacking up a few of your favourite cookbooks and putting a decorative item on top.
- Try creating zones in the kitchen. Open shelving near the stove can hold stacks of dishware ready for plating when dinner is ready. Glasses in the cupboard near the fridge and a coffee maker on the counter underneath becomes the “beverage” zone.
- A small kitchen appears even smaller with a lot of clutter on the countertops. If you like to have your oil and vinegar and salt and pepper shakers at arms reach, try putting them on a small decorative tray so they stay contained. And store those rarely used appliances out of sight… when was the last time you used that bread-maker anyway?
- A marble countertop is lovely in a kitchen but it’s not very earth-friendly. If you want to incorporate it into your design, opt for a backsplash made from off-cuts of marble and choose an eco-friendly countertop of quartz composite or recycled glass instead.
- Kitchen cabinetry can account for 30% of a kitchen renovation so if your cabinets are in good shape, it’s worth keeping them. If you paint them yourself, you’ll see your brush strokes and they’ll likely chip over time so having them professionally sprayed in lacquer to provide a durable and even finish is more sustainable and worth the investment.