How To Accessorise Your Kitchen

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by Eva Martinez
(London, UK)

It only makes sense that the most utilised room in your home should be the most comfortable and attractive, and it is for this reason that kitchen design magazines, websites and other publications are so popular these days.

Whatever style you choose for your kitchen, the accessories you choose will make all the difference. Accessorising involves choosing a design that’s attractive and affordable, and then adding the finishing touches to fit the theme. Here’s how to go about doing this…

Decide on the Theme

Before choosing your accessories, you need to decide on a theme. Popular styles include Asian themes, for those who want to recreate the look of a stylish Japanese restaurant, and other modern designs with sleek features and stainless steel appliances.

Other possible themes include more traditional country house and cottage styles, as well as Tuscan, Mexican and retro themes. Each has its own blend of textures, colours and finishes, and the accessories you choose should complement these.

The Basics

If you’re planning on putting the finishing touches to your kitchen, you should be thinking about lighting, wall decorations and countertop arrangements.

Lighting will help create atmosphere, but should also be functional – make sure you’ve got focused light where you need it to prepare and cook food. Wall decorations will add colour and character to your kitchen, and simple, elegant countertop arrangements will finish the look and make the space a pleasure to use.

Removal of unsightly clutter is crucial before adding kitchen accessories. Get rid of all those cloths, coin jars, keys and other items that are scattered around for convenience, and give your design space to breathe. These items can be replaced with fresh fruit in bowls, flowers, and other natural ornaments.

Once you have the style in mind, the lighting set, and the clutter under control, it’s time to start thinking about other accessories such as rugs, curtains and shelving. If you really want to make a statement, consider creating a feature wall using some well-chosen wallpaper.

Look at the Whole Kitchen

When deciding on kitchen accessories, you should start at the top and work to the bottom. At the top, you have your kitchen lighting and fans. At the bottom, you have your kitchen rugs. Rugs are easily overlooked, but they can really add that final touch that pulls everything together, especially if you’ve got other soft furnishings such as curtains.

Country style kitchens often have hardwood or earthy tiled flooring. You could add braided rugs with embroidered country-themed images, or something more neutral that simply softens the look of the room and helps create a sense of proportion. Kitchen rugs are often positioned in front of the sink or under the table, making them a functional and stylish addition.

In Mexican-style kitchens, which are defined by vibrantly colourful accessories, iron utensils, and earth tones that match the colours of the desert, you could either choose a rug that matches those tones, or go for something brightly coloured with traditional ethnic patterns or motifs. Many traditional rugs are hand-woven and made of durable wool, meaning the last a long time.

We hope you’ve found these tips useful, and that you feel inspired to give your kitchen the makeover it deserves!

Updated: February 12, 2014 — 10:50 pm

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