The kitchen is the heart of every household. Full of sumptuous smells, delicious food and meals with friends, it’s where the magic happens.
A nice kitchen doesn’t just appeal to some of the senses, but all of them. This means having a stylish, beautiful kitchen is just as important as the cooking that takes place inside it.
Renovating the kitchen entirely is an expensive and lengthy endeavour. Luckily, you can accessorise your kitchen easily and affordably. Start small, and you will be surprised how much the little details create a more vibrant atmosphere.
Incorporate some plant power.
We all know plants can be pesky to look after, so you don’t need to go overboard. Getting one of two small plants will give the kitchen a more wholesome feel.
If you want something a bit more unique than your standard flower pot or cactus, you could go for an aloe vera plant. These succulent plants have the added bonus of containing aloe gel inside its leaves. Aloe vera is fantastic for skin and hair care as well as having a range of health benefits.
For those budding chefs, consider having some plants which you can easily incorporate into your cooking. Having some basis leaves and herbs dotted around will make your kitchen look beautiful, and anyone entering the room will instantly know they’re in the presence of a true chef.
Houseplants give the room a refreshing scent so that even when no cooking is taking place the room will smell pleasant. Plants are also known to improve wellbeing and productivity by improving air quality.
2. Invest in some stylish mugs.
Having beautiful mugs will not only make your kitchen look more stylish, but you’ll feel more empowered when drinking your morning coffee. We’re all guilty of just using the same old mugs we’ve had for years, and half the time, don’t even know where we acquired them from.
Having mug sets will give your kitchen a more cohesive overall appearance. You can display them on some chic mug hooks so that your guests can instantly see that all of your kitchenware is in sync.
For some truly classic and elegant mugs, White Bone China Mugs are the obvious choice. These sturdy mugs are not only excellent quality but have a minimalistic appearance that is unparalleled by other mugs. Bone china is known to be highly durable as well as having a delicate appearance, and so likely to be one of your favourite kitchen accessories for the long-run.
3. Present your spices in a flavoursome way.
Celebrate your spice collection by having them all out in the open. Your spices shouldn’t be hidden away. This will add a splash of colour to your kitchen, all while making the spices more accessible when you’re cooking. So, when you need to grab the paprika, it will be well within sight.
Some great ways to present your spice collections are on a shelf or in a glass cabinet. Putting up a shelf is quick and easy and gives you some space to neatly store your kitchen essentials. Because let’s face it, kitchens get cluttered pretty fast, so there is no such thing as too much storage space.
If you want to take it a step further, organise your spices by colour. Start with the darkest flavours and arrange them so that they gradually get lighter. This highly organised way of presenting your spice collection will allow for some efficient cooking and have the added bonus of looking beautiful.
4. Time for a new clock.
Getting a nice wall clock has its practical purposes of course, but can really add some character to the kitchen.
If your kitchen has a contemporary look, adding in a modern wall clock will tie it all together. For a more rustic style, mounted wooden wall clocks look will create a cosy atmosphere. Clocks with roman numerals are becoming ever-more popular, adding a bit of sophistication to the room. Another plus – you will learn to read Roman numerals by default (at least up to twelve).
5. Shake it up with your salt and pepper.
Having some unique salt and pepper shakers are another quick and affordable way to snazz up your kitchen. Again, coordinating your decor will create a more cohesive and attractive environment.
So, if you have a lot of wooden furniture, wooden salt and pepper shakers are the way to go. If your kitchen furniture is mainly made from steel, go for some shiny and metallic style shakers.
If you’re a fan of that peppery flavour, invest in a restaurant-style pepper grinder. These bulky yet chic mechanisms will add that necessary flavour to your food and make your kitchen look like a professional one.
Another fashionable addition to your kitchen is salt and pepper mortars. These allow you to grind the salt and pepper yourself, getting it to a consistency you prefer. Typically made from granite, these pots look incredibly stylish and will look good with any decor. The mortars also mean you can enjoy crushing and using your very own fresh spices. A vessel for flavour and fashion, these are a kitchen must-have.
6.Get some suave table cloths.
Table clothes make the room look prettier and protect your tabletops from damage and spillages. In the kitchen, we expect things to go wrong and for accidents to happen. But – this doesn’t mean we should sit idly by and let it happen.
Investing in a good table cloth creates a safer environment where you don’t need to worry about staining your well-loved table. Linen clothes are a strong choice as they are easy to wash and easy to coordinate with your surroundings. A plain colour does the job, or you can take a risk with some bold, patterned options.
Tablecloths also make dinner feel more like an exciting occasion. Attractive, soft and practical, they add that final touch of homeliness and elegance.