A kitchen needn’t feel sterile and dull. There are a great many ways you can incorporate life into it. A can of black chalkboard paint is inexpensive and a great way to dress up a wall. Black is a bold, eye-catching color and the perfect backdrop for your ever-changing chalk art. If you’re out of wall space, a door or cabinet surface is another great chalkboard in the making.
Most of us are guilty of thinking of our kitchens as just functional spaces and while they are that, they could just as easily be so much more. With the right décor, it could be turned into a space where you enjoy having a cup of tea in the morning or can even have conversations with friends over brunch during the weekend.
Make it pop with a bright color
While there might be nothing you can do about countertops and cabinets that can’t be changed (especially if you are renting your space), you can choose to add a color that makes your kitchen pop. It’s often a bold and unexpected color that works with the overall color scheme of the space. Suppose you have a yellow kitchen with white countertops and cabinets, you could infuse maroon, royal blue, or a bright color of your choice into it. Add the color in the form of accessories like bar stools, vases, or cookware. And just like that, you have a vibrant kitchen with minimal effort.
Personalize your kitchen
A kitchen needn’t feel sterile and dull. There are a great many ways you can incorporate life into it. A can of black chalkboard paint is inexpensive and a great way to dress up a wall. Black is a bold, eye-catching color and the perfect backdrop for your ever-changing chalk art. If you’re out of wall space, a door or cabinet surface is another great chalkboard (and dinner menu) in the making. Then, a floating shelf or gallery wall collection on your chalkboard wall adds to the unique look of your new, inspired kitchen walls. You just have to be creative with making this space feel like an extension of your personality.
Add plants and
various little knickknacks
Plants can liven up any space. And in the kitchen, if you plant herbs in small pots and containers, they can serve dual purpose. Also, consider swapping your regular cutlery holder for something more quirky and interesting. Think holders in animal shapes or even pretty vases and glass jars that can be repurposed to do the job. If you are someone who hordes souvenirs and you are running out of space in your living area, bring some into the kitchen and line them up on the windowsill. And you don’t have to stow away all the pretty dishes that you might have, only to bring them out when you have guests over. Mix and match some in unique colors and patterns and display them on open shelves.
Store produce and
spices in glass jars
Your pantry can double as a display, and an interesting one at that too. Buy small glass jars for your spices and bigger ones for produces like lentils and beans and make a vibrant and functional display in your pantry. This doesn’t have to be an expensive upgrade. You can simply use jars (from honey, jams, pickles) that you have at home. Remove the labels and clean them and you can use them to store whatever you want. Just make sure you clean them properly and they don’t reek of residue. You can also cover them with interesting fabric and tie a string around the top to give them a unique touch.
Play with lights
Play around with light fixtures, which can completely change the vibe of your kitchen. Plus, you can swap them out at any time. Also, with so many different light sources at your disposal and with different functions to cater for, it’s wise to consider a flexible control system rather than a simple on/off switch. If possible, make sure your lights are controlled separately so you can create different moods at the flick of a switch. Wall lights work well in a small kitchen, especially ones with little natural light. Or you could give your modern kitchen an industrial twist with a stainless steel or brass light fixture.