Over the years I have had the pleasure of designing a number of different kitchens, for a variety of clients. For almost all of them, the kitchen has always been considered the heart of their home. From entertaining family and friends, to exercising culinary and baking skills, it’s no wonder the kitchen is a focus for many of us.
Each kitchen I have designed is unique to the client and their family. From considering how they use the space day-to-day, to injecting fun and creative finishes, our team understands the importance of designing the perfect kitchen.
One aspect of kitchen design that often gets overlooked is the styling! This is because the kitchen has been associated with being a fairly sterile and clean environment for many years, and it’s only recently that we have opened up to other ideas for accessorizing the kitchen. As a designer, I have always encouraged clients to accessorize their kitchens, but it’s not always seen as the obvious route.
So how can you style the kitchen in a minimal yet modern way?
In this article, we’re going to focus on Kitchen Counter Styling, focusing on creating an uncluttered look that will be helpful on a daily basis.
An Uncluttered Kitchen
There’s a lot of appeal for an uncluttered kitchen as it makes the space feel open, airy, and feels instantly more inviting. However not having anything at all on the countertops can quickly make a home feel not lived in!
The key to having an uncluttered kitchen is to ensure that any small appliances are stored away in cabinets, drawers, or the pantry. Once you have some clear countertop space, you can start to think about what you need on them, from mail organizers, catchalls, and everyday spices and oils.
You can display everyday items on your kitchen countertop in a stylish way, which we’ll look at next!
A vignette in interior design refers to a small styled arrangement. This could be a nightstand styling vignette, or a styled arrangement on a kitchen counter!
The key to styling your kitchen countertop like a pro is creating little vignettes. This could be a simple arrangement to the side of the countertop, and one on the island to break up the large expanse of space.
Kitchen Staples as Decor
The easiest way to style your kitchen countertops is to use everyday items – kitchen staples – in an aesthetically pleasing way. Try curating your everyday items into stylish vignettes!
This starts with a stylish set of cooking utensils and styling them in a fun jar. This could be placed on a tray, or stand alone on the countertop alongside a fruit bowl, candle, or other decorative item.
Style your cutting boards by leaning them up against the backsplash. These create the perfect backdrop for adding canisters in front.
Another idea is to use a bottled hand soap and lotion set, add a scrubbing brush and display them in a neutral caddie next to the sink.
Next to your range or cooktop, think about which spices and oils you regularly use. Can these be displayed on a tray or in aesthetically pleasing bottles or dispensers? Having these items next to the range or cooktop makes cooking and food preparation much easier as it’s all within arms reach!
Aim to keep your countertops clean and clear of clutter, and use minimal decorative pieces to make a statement on the island.
You could display an intriguing sculpture, large vase or planter with real or faux florals, or create a vignette for the island. Using a statement object like a sculpture or vase helps to add a focal point to an otherwise empty and sterile feeling space.
If sculptures aren’t your thing, source an oversized faux branch or floral arrangement to make a statement of the added greenery.