Adding Style to Your Kitchen
We started off this month talking about the kitchen which is very fitting. These days you are probably spending even more time in your kitchen, cooking even more meals than usual. It’s more important than ever that this room is functioning at its best and brings you joy. In my last post we talked about decluttering and organization (read it here), which is how we make this space work efficiently. Now it’s time to talk about how to make your kitchen beautiful and stylish, which you deserve.
Because the kitchen has to be such a functional space, I like to invest in beautiful AND functional items for the kitchen. The things that you need and use daily can and should be beautiful to look at. It’s these small things that can make working in your kitchen a joy.
Start by assessing the things that you use often. I spoke in my last post about how we can overlook things. One thing I have been overlooking for a long time are my pot holders/oven mitts. I use them almost daily and they are old and worn. Why haven’t I replaced them? I don’t have a good answer to that question. Probably because I haven’t come across nice ones while shopping and I only ever think of it while I’m cooking and using it, not the most convenient time to go out and buy a new one or place an order. One thing I encourage you to do this month is take stock of the items in your kitchen, especially the things you use all the time. Is there anything you have been meaning to replace forever? Could you finally replace it with something not only functional, but also stylish?
I have just ordered the black floral oven mitt below. I have put together a few lovely products I’ve found that fall into the category of kitchen textiles -like oven mitts, hand towels and aprons. These useful items are a great way of adding beauty and style to your kitchen. Textiles also add warmth to a room full of hard surfaces.
The next category of useful things is storage. Whether we are storing food, cooking utensils or drying dishes, storage items can be both practical and stylish. We spend so much time working in the kitchen that we deserve lovely “tools” to work with.
One further way to add warmth, color and style to your kitchen is with a rug. I highly recommend using an indoor/outdoor rug in this high traffic/high spillage space. You may have heard me mention before that I have one in my kitchen and, despite it being spilled on many, many times, it still looks great. These extremely durable rugs are made out of syntheticss and they can be easily wiped clean (even hosed down if necessary!). They are also so affordable you could add a fun color for spring and summer and roll it up and swap it out when winter comes around again. The lemon rug below starts at €39.
We’re currently living in uncertain and worrying times and spending a lot more time at home. It helps to think of the positive things that might result, like spending more time with our families and slowing down from our busy lives. We might be motivated to think about our homes and how to make them work better for us.
I’ll be back again with A Year of Details in April with the theme of Spring Cleaning where we’ll be looking at the cleaning closet and the laundry room. Maybe I’ll give tips on how to organize all that toilet paper and hand soap 😉
Wishing you all good health!