Making room for both aesthetics and purpose on your kitchen countertops is one of those sticky wickets. Appliances you use every day (hello espresso machine!) usually take up prized space over decorative objects. But that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on stylish things guaranteed to brighten up your cooking space with pops of color, natural textures, and even extra function. There are plenty of ways you can strike a balance between pretty and practical. The following ideas share how to make your kitchen more drool-worthy with beautifully-styled countertops.
1. Elevate Your Countertop Decor
Quite literally elevate your countertop decor by bringing it higher onto open shelving. It is a great idea, especially for small kitchens, say the experts at Park and Oak Interior Design. Open shelving creates a similar effect to beautiful countertop decor but gives more opportunities to utilize counter space.
2. Consider Purposeful Kitchen Pieces
Park & Oak Interior Design creates a livable look by creating decor out of purposeful kitchen pieces. By investing in beautiful pots, cutting boards, and other kitchen tools, items like these can provide a dual purpose of adding beauty and functionality.
3. Brighten Up a Kitchen With Touches of Greenery
Adding touches of greenery can make all of the difference in a kitchen. Interior design firm Park and Oak plays with texture, height, and color, in this cooking space by strategically placing unique stems and plants.
4. Create a Sophisticated Kitchen With Sculptural Accents
Keri Feeney of Alicia Weaver Design says her staples for decorating kitchen countertops are large bowls of produce and fresh flowers in decorative vases. In this kitchen for instance, she added sculptural items to her display. The result is a sophisticated cooking space that beautifully blends with the main living area in this open concept home.
5. Curate Everyday Items on Kitchen Counters
A classic herringbone-tiled backsplash is the perfect backdrop to incorporate lots of wood elements like cutting boards, bowls, and utensils according to the decorating experts at Elegantsi. All-white canisters create spots to keep everyday necessities for cooking and eating. Incorporating fresh florals into the mix is a great way to make the heart of the home feel full of life.
6. Sprinkle Color Throughout Your Kitchen
Interior designer, Alison Kandler is a master at creating colorful kitchens inspired by vintage cooking spaces from the 1920s and 1930s. Note how she uses bright objects to draw your eyes around the room. For example, the red fruit bowl on the counter throws focus to the red knobs on the range and the KitchenAid mixer. The avocado vase with sunflowers does the same with the yellow pantry door and turquoise cookie jar. White space plays an important role here too. All of the white elements from the walls to the cabinets give the eyes a place to rest.
7. Countertops Where Function Comes First
These countertops are reserved for hardworking kitchen items. When the team at Aidan Design was working on this remodeling project, they kept function top of mind. There are four outlets to accommodate the appliances on the countertop. There is also a handy pot filler faucet for extra functionality.
8. Decorate a Small Cooking Space
Never be afraid to go bold in small spaces. Attractive ceramics for utensils, wood cutting boards, and bunches of flowers and plants make this tiny Brooklyn kitchen spotted on Homepolish feel extra homey.