A kitchen is the bustling heart of any home and the place where family and friends mingle, so it's nice when the surfaces are clear and it's styled to be given a sense of life and personality.
The kitchen is often forgotten when it comes to styling a home and it's probably one of the most important! One of my most frequently asked home decorating questions is how best to style a kitchen. People really struggle with this area of the home as it's often hard to find the balance of functional vs stylish.
Here are my top 5 tips to styling a beautiful kitchen:
1. Clever storage: If you're embarking on a kitchen renovation clever uses of space will ensure your kitchen surfaces remain clear and there's room for everything. A butler's pantry (if you have room) is such a brilliant way to ensure your worktops are free from bulky appliances. If space is an issue large, deep pot draws instead of cupboards will hold more and keep those big items out of sight, but still within easy reach.
2. Lighting: Whatever the age of your kitchen lighting is key. A well light environment will work wonders on the overall aesthetic of the space and is an easy update at any stage of your kitchens life. Feature pendant lights will give you an opportunity to bring your own personal style to the kitchen and can be a really striking feature. Whether they're bold hanging pendants or more subtle track lighting, this addition will help to define the kitchen area and give it a stylish touch.
3. Greenery: Be creative with greenery in your kitchen. Use fresh blooms cut from your garden or even large striking branches of foliage. Take a walk down your own street and notice the great foliage options are available on your nature strip! Autumn is a great time to prune the local trees and add some colourful branches to your kitchen bench. My other favourite greens to style a kitchen with are silver gum foliage, olive and camellia branches and "garden" varieties of fresh and native blooms. They all last for weeks and will make your kitchen instantly come alive.
4. Ceramics: Cluster ceramics in odd numbers in a dull corner of your kitchen. The sculptural nature of these vessels will create interest and can also be a practical bench storage solution for some of your kitchen utensils.
5. The finishing touch: A liquid soap in a premium bottle like the new range from Country Life will keep your kitchen sink happy and ensure the look is luxe. Rest the soap bottle on a concrete tray or partner with a great vase and keep everything neat.