The kitchen is the hearth of a home. It’s the place where a family comes together to eat good food and share each other’s company, every day. It’s also one of the most effective upgrades that you can do to your home before selling in order to raise the value.
As such, you want your kitchen to reflect this aspect of your home and to really represent you and your family, well. Sometimes it can be hard to know what ways to add your own personal style to your kitchen, though. After all, everything in a kitchen is usually pretty pragmatic, and has some sort of utilitarian purpose. However, there are definitely some clever ways to improve the look of a kitchen. Here are some ideas on how you can add spice to the style of your own kitchen, or one that you’re planning to put on the market soon…
Use bolder colors
Home styles recently got taken over by a stream of modernism that highlighted the use of lots of whites, blacks, and greys. While this made things easier for contractors, it definitely was a poor period of home decoration. Luckily, the style is moving away from this, and is starting to favor stronger colors that add a pop to a kitchen. Try adding decorations that add bold splashes of colors, or even paint your cabinets or stools to add a bit of personality to your kitchen.
What the modernist styles did very well was bring a design together, very easily. Your kitchen looks a lot more put together when everything about the style is very cohesive, and looks like it belongs together. When you are adding color and other aspects to your kitchen, make sure that they are all working together towards a unifying theme that really ties everything together.
Use ingredients to add texture
Most people like to put their natural ingredients into a pantry and let them hide in the dark until they are ready to be used and eaten. However, for certain things, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains, doing this is missing out on the opportunity to add a natural and homegrown feel to your kitchen. A bowl of colorful fruit, or clear containers of rice or grain, does wonders to add a certain natural aesthetic to a kitchen. After all, we all know that bowls of fake fruit don’t really compare. Also, doing this puts healthy food in immediate visible range, making them more likely to be eaten.
Play with natural light
Natural light makes a kitchen so much more enjoyable to be in. After all, most people don’t like eating or cooking in a room that feels like a cave. Adding windows to your kitchen, or simply outfitting the windows that you currently have with new drapes, fabric, or bamboo, is a great way to make a kitchen feel more like home, and to tie the aesthetic together in multiple aspects.
Add crafts for a personal touch
While you might see things in other people’s kitchens that you want to do, make sure that you aren’t just copying what somebody else did exactly, or you’ll always feel like you are living in someone else’s home. Instead, find ways that you and your family can add your own personal touches to your kitchen. One great way to do this is to use crafts for certain decorations (or even containers or kitchen utensils). Have the kids help out with this activity, and pretty soon your kitchen will have splashes of your family’s personality all over it!
Use themes for the season
Because the kitchen is often such a central area for a family, it should be an important part of how they celebrate holidays. As such, you can use the holiday of the season to play a part in how you choose to decorate your kitchen, whether that means adorning the kitchen in patriotic attire for the 4th of July, or swapping out a classic table top arrangement between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Check out some other kitchens you admire
Look around what other people have done and see if you can incorporate some of their ideas into your own kitchen. This is one of the oldest techniques in the home decoration book. If you are looking for some ideas of how you can spruce up your kitchen, check out this nifty gallery here.