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The Ultimate Guide to Decorating a Kitchen

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where families come together. Where beautiful meals are cooked and precious memories are made.

Because of this, when you’re decorating a kitchen, it’s essential you get everything exactly right. There are tonnes of different style options to consider, and even more practical considerations to think about.

You’ll want to incorporate your own personal style while still making sure to include all the essential elements and that everything has its place. Then there are of course the current kitchen trends to consider.

Redesigning and decorating a kitchen is a huge undertaking, but it becomes a little easier when you make sure you’re organized. So, before you get started, feast your eyes upon this guide. Read on to learn about everything you need to know when redecorating your kitchen.


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Decide on a Style

As is the case when decorating any room, the first thing you’ll need to conceptualize is what style of kitchen and decor you want in your home. This is an important step because when you don’t do this, you can end up with a room that looks confused, thrown together, or trying to fit into too many different decor styles.

A great way to decide on what type of style you want to go for is to browse sites like Pinterest or publications like Architectural Digest. This way, you’ll be better able to see what you do and don’t like, and can finally pin down the style you’d like to go for. Making a mood board is a great help in this situation, as well.

There are tonnes of different decor styles that work well in kitchens. Provence and farmhouse are two great styles to check out if you’re a fan of a laid-back kitchen space. If you’re more of a minimalist, you might want something more sparse like an industrial or modern style kitchen.


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Pick a Color

Almost as important as the decor style you choose will be the color scheme you pick. Sometimes, the decor style will inform the color scheme, and sometimes the opposite is true. If you already have a color in mind, you should make sure it will mesh well with the decor style you’ve chosen.

When it comes to kitchens, there are a lot of colors that work well. Current trends show that more neutral colors are coming back into style for kitchens. Grey, beige, taupe, and white are all popular choices.

But if you’re a fan of color, there are many different hues that will look great here too. Softer colors—such as sage green, pale blue, and light yellow—work well. Oranges, purples, and reds can also be beautiful if you’re going for a more eclectic style and you’d like something brighter.

Choose whatever color makes you happy, but try to think about the space you have, as well. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, a darker color might make it seem even more so. If it doesn’t get much natural light, you may want to opt for lighter shades.


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Open or Closed?

For years, in American kitchens, open-plan reigned supreme. While this is still an exceedingly popular choice in many homes, it looks as though separate or more closed-off style kitchens may be making a comeback.

This is something you will need to decide if you’re designing a kitchen from scratch. Even if you’re not, the layout that’s there is still going to have an impact on the type of decor you eventually choose.

To help you decide which you might prefer, you can ask yourself a few questions.

Do you have a big family, who often like to gather in your kitchen? Do you see cooking as a solo or a collaborative endeavor? Do you think the kitchen should be strictly for cooking, with the actual eating done elsewhere?

By considering the ins and outs of your home and your lifestyle, you’ll be able to determine which style of kitchen will suit both of these things best. Your kitchen should be a happy space, so you should decorate and design it as such.


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Custom or Ready-Made?

Another big decision will be whether you want to create your own custom kitchen or choose one that’s already been designed. There are pros and cons to each approach.

With custom kitchens, as the name suggests, you have the opportunity to add in any features your heart desires. You can plan everything down to the last detail. This will be music to the ears of those who have a strong design sensibility and know what they want.

However, ready-made kitchens have their advantages too. They tend to be less expensive than custom kitchens, which is not a small consideration. As well as this, for those who are indecisive and don’t know exactly what they want, designing a kitchen from scratch can be a daunting prospect.

Whatever option you decide to go with, make sure to do plenty of research. You want to make sure that at the end of the day, you have a room you’re truly proud of and love to spend time in.


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Appliances Crockery and Utensils

The things you fill your kitchen with are almost as important as the way in which you choose to decorate it. Often, appliances and utensils become features within a kitchen, so they’re important to consider, as well.

What kind of refrigerator do you want? Will your faucet be silver, copper, or matte black? Are you going to have open shelving—showing all of your plates, pots, and pans—or closed?

When picking out items and equipment for your kitchen, don’t forget, they become part of the decor too.


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Your Complete Guide to Decorating a Kitchen

Above all, decorating a kitchen should be a fun experience. Just try to follow your heart, go with what you like, and if all else fails, call in a second opinion. If you’re looking for even more home decor tips, check out the rest of our articles now.


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