Kitchen decorating ideas are ever-changing and evolving. New products and advancements in appliances, gadgets and faucets keep things fresh and exciting. It is therefore essential to keep your kitchen up to par with the changing times.
Kitchens are typically the most utilized room of any home. They are often multi-functional, being part family room, dining room, snack area, breakfast bar and cooking station. They are the "go-to" spot for hanging out with friends, guests and visitors. Because of their wide appeal and use, this is one room where you should consider "pulling out the stops" and having some fun.
I have a love for all types of kitchen styles. Whether modern or traditional, if they are designed and decorated well, they will garner mass appeal. The options for customizing your kitchen are practically endless as there are so many areas of consideration. Hardware and cabinetry, sinks and faucets, countertops and backsplashes, lighting and flooring; all of your decisions in these areas can truly define a style that is "your own". Let's not forget the appliances. They can quickly transform a dated kitchen to one that speaks of modern appeal. Now let's put some of those kitchen decorating ideas to work.
The kitchen above added some modern appeal by creating a sleek backsplash out of aluminum flashing and defining the cooktop with some black ceramic tile. Matching hardware helped finish off the look. These low-cost kitchen decorating ideas were completed in one day.
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Perhaps you have heard of the "kitchen triangle". This is an ideal model to base your kitchen design around. The triangle is your workspace from sink-to-stove-to-refrigerator. It is how you move between these areas as you work and prep your food. Ideally, you want a comfortable span between these "stations". Experts suggest a distance of 4 to 9 feet between each station is best. You want to minimize too much walking back and forth. Your transition from station to station should require a few easy unobstructed steps. Keep these ideas in mind during the design or redesign stages of your kitchen.
Remember, there is no rule that states your kitchen will not function well if you lack the "triangle". Plenty of storage space (cabinets) and plenty of work area (countertops) are typically more important to the current and future homeowner.
If you have the space, consider the addition of an island/breakfast bar. It will provide casual seating as well as an additional prep area for cooking. Kitchen islands can really become functional by employing built-in cooktops, prep sinks, dishwashers and even refrigerated drawers and wine coolers.
A Kitchen Transformation
Dairyland Drive Property
A rather "busy" look initially greeted me in this kitchen. Poor flooring, fruit motif wall tiles and a unique mix of plum and teal paint begged for a makeover.
The two-tone cabinet scheme was kicked up a notch by choosing bolder colors for greater impact and by reversing some of the border and insert colors of the cabinet fronts.
Repainting cabinets is a great kitchen decorating idea to consider when working with a limited budget.
A neutral yet complimentary floor of burgundy African slate helped tone-down the overall look rather than competing for attention.
The old flooring, which spanned the entire kitchen, was divided to define two separate areas. Tile was used in the main kitchen workspace and parquet wood flooring in the casual dining area. The wood flooring flows into an adjacent family-room.
Note: Using tile the same size as the parquet wood "squares" provided neat visual cohesion through the use of repeated shapes. Both the tile and parquet are lined-up to transition perfectly in a grid pattern.
Bold colors of Aztec Red and African Night (a flat charcoal-black color) on the walls accentuated the height and angles of the ceiling while developing a more modern feel in the space. The "red" throughout the kitchen was a minimally used color tone pulled from the slate flooring to create cohesion.
This kitchen lacked much appeal at first glance but a gem was lurking beneath as more and more kitchen decorating ideas came to surface. Cosmetic changes transformed this space with ease. New paint colors, flooring, sink and faucet, and lighting and appliances made a big difference.
As the color-story developed, so did the kitchen decorating ideas. My first inspirations were
rich coffeehouse colors. I soon began seeing my chosen colors show up in French-themed
artwork and therefore decided to go that route.
My own personal nod to modern black and white artwork also complemented the decor of this room nicely.
Other than appliances, the greatest expense in this space was the flooring. The tile cost around $400.00 in materials while the parquet around $250.00. With the lighting, sink, additional plumbing, appliances, paint and flooring, the kitchen comes in around $4,000.00. Not too bad when you consider the bulk of the expense went to a new refrigerator and dishwasher.
I splurged on a Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer® as it was the perfect fit for the available counter space.
Want to create this look in your kitchen?
Follow these kitchen decorating ideas to achieve it.
Add some subtle visual interest by combining various paint finishes. The black and white on the walls and ceiling are flat, the red on the walls and cabinets are semi-gloss and the black trimwork on the cabinetry and chair rail are gloss black. The gloss adds another reflective surface to "mirror that" of the shiny chrome and polished aluminum surfaces.
Perhaps the following will give you some
kitchen decorating ideas.
Furnace Road Property
A former country kitchen with dark colors and a low ceiling goes more mainstream. A fresh airy paint color livens up the space while a new vaulted ceiling in white-washed wood continues the grand openness.
A better view of the vault's height. Large decorative windows allow the room to take advantage of natural light. A vintage Tiffany lamp is transplanted from a previously renovated home. The light green of the shade fits perfectly with the chosen green accent paint color.
A collection of vintage McCoy pottery atop the cabinets is the perfect accompaniment to this kitchen's lively color. Vintage wooden utensils, implements and butcher-blocks are dotted throughout the space, telling a cohesive story.
Earthy hues found in the custom-tiled countertops and backsplash compliment the green color while creating warmth.
A granite composite sink accentuates the espresso colors found in the countertop tiles. A brushed-nickel faucet ties in nicely with the chosen lighting and appliance finishes.
Hickory Hill Property
Floor tiles inspired some kitchen decorating ideas for a trendy color palette. The homeowner pulled an exhilarating eggplant purple from the tile to use for trimwork and accents in this space. A warm white helped downplay the accent's boldness.
The smoky grays and taupes in the tile tied nicely with the stainless appliances, while the eggplant provided contrast to shiny finishes. The reddish-orange finish of the cabinetry compliments the purple accent color.
A nice view of the breakfast nook. A large focal piece of art echoes the shiny finishes used throughout the room, while a round table repeats the shape of the art and the nook itself.
The homeowner decided to get creative with the tile flooring by creating an inset border to define a spot for the table. This feature is further enhanced by using a glass top table, allowing for uninhibited viewing.
Another idea is full butcher-block countertops. This is one of my favorites. It costs less than granite, quartz and Corian® but still provides that solid-surface appeal. It also goes with everything. Tile countertops allow for plenty of customization and a personal touch if that is your desire. Tiled countertops are relatively cheap and give a kitchen a bit more character than laminates. Laminates, however, should not be discounted. New colors and finishes allow them to offer much more appeal. Finishes that replicate the look of granite and stone provide huge cost savings over the real thing. New laminate really makes a difference in the look of your kitchen so consider adding it when working with a tight budget. Many of the colors available could "spark" some of your own kitchen decorating ideas.
This countertop color inspires some
instant kitchen decorating ideas.
Imagine combining this fresh Cilantro-colored countertop with all-white cabinetry and wood flooring. It would also look super with dark espresso cabinetry and white tile or slate flooring. Either white or stainless appliances would work well. Accentuate the countertops with pops of green or white with your accessory choices.
Go green with many of the eco-friendly countertop options made of recycled products. Recycled glass is a popular choice.
For a more indepth review of available options,
refer to these kitchen countertop ideas.
If you want your backsplash to "steal the show", consider going very minimal and stark with your kitchen's wall and countertop colors.Subway tile is a timeless look that never seems to go out of style. Glass tile is a popular trend, adding shimmer and opulence to your kitchen. Small, mosaic tiles are still popular but may develop a dated look sooner than some of the aforementioned tile choices. Some easier options are painted wainscoting and tin ceiling tiles. Another cheap way to add a modern edge is through the use of aluminum roof flashing, mentioned earlier on this page. Self-stick metal tiles are also an option for sprucing up a space that already has existing tiles.
Also consider economical sheets of laminate; the same as that used for countertops. You can adhere it directly to the wall and finish it with strips of decorative moulding.For a rustic look, consider stone facing. The same type used for fireplace surrounds. Stainless steel as a backsplash is a kitchen decorating idea to consider if you want an industrial look.
SINKS: Think sinks don't make a statement, think again. Sinks can be
works of art depending on your budget. You can get copper-hammered sinks to your specification or one-piece units that are cast directly into your countertop.
Stainless steel sinks are ever popular choices. I prefer going with large rectangular models these days over the two-basin split style. Look for granite or quartz composite sinks. These sinks have very durable finishes and come in numerous neutral color tones to coordinate nicely with your chosen countertops. Don't forget your undermount and overmount sink options. Overmount sinks work well with tile and laminate countertops. Choose undermount for granite, quartz and other solid surface composite countertops.
Stainless steel film is a budget-friendly kitchen decorating idea that solves the problem of mismatched appliances.New appliances are more energy-efficient than dated ones. With rising electric costs, consider upgrading to those with ENERGY STAR ratings. Innovative designs and features keep the consumer wanting "the next best thing."
Although many kitchen themes may seem a bit passe, there are still a few that garner continued appeal and use.
If you don't want to go so literal with a theme, consider a design motif such as a pineapple. This vintage symbol of friendship and hospitality is a classic kitchen decorating idea. Use it subtly as an upper wall stencil or wallpaper border. Look for unique drawer pulls and knobs that showcase its design. Find some vintage folkart prints to further introduce the motif into your room.
Use this idea for similar motif ideas you may have. Look at kitchen hardware to develop more ideas for your kitchen. You can build an entire look around a single piece of hardware.
All of these design and kitchen decorating ideas should have your mind buzzing. Inspiration is everywhere, so start looking and begin updating that kitchen.