Use these six ideas for a quick and simple refresh that will bring style to any kitchen. Brighten a tired space by adding items from the grocery, and pretty yet functional accessories.
The First Step
Before a kitchen refresh is even possible, it’s necessary to clear the clutter from your kitchen counters. If you don’t do anything else, this alone will made a huge difference. My counters had somehow become a home for overflow groceries, my iPad, catalogs, mail, keys, and numerous other random items. I spent about an hour finding new homes for everything, and when I was finished, I felt like my counters had grown!
Bright Crisp Linens
Changing your linens is one of the easiest ways to bring style and color to your kitchen. You don’t have to completely swap out your regular, every-day kitchen towels. Simply add one or two new towels to a prominent space in your kitchen. This is one of the easiest kitchen decorating ideas ever!
Fruits, Vegetables, + Baked Goods
Items from the produce department of your grocery store are perfect for making a colorful display in your kitchen. Gather seasonal fruits and vegetables that don’t need refrigerated, and put them in a pretty bowl or basket, or on a cake stand. Place the fruit on your kitchen counter or island for instant natural decor. Baked goods are also fun to display, especially if you happen to be entertaining
New Small Appliances
Before you think I’ve gone and lost my mind, I want to tell you that my SMEG toaster was a Christmas gift. I’ve wanted some SMEG since the first time I saw them, and finally put a few choices on my list. My family is good at checking off as many items on my list as possible, so I knew my chances of getting at least one SMEG were pretty good. The best thing is how the toaster, along with my beautiful KitchenAid mixer, refreshes and brightens my kitchen counter. And the toast is delicious too!
Some kitchen accessories and tools (the not so pretty ones) definitely need to be stored behind cabinet doors. However, if you have beautiful cutting boards, pitchers, crocks, or bottles, place them on your kitchen counters to add style and function. My counter space is very limited, so anything that sits out needs to be used often, but also needs to be pretty and not too big. The leaning artwork adds a great pop of color, and takes up literally no room on the counter.
Soaps Featuring Floral Scents
Floral scents are fresh and soothing, so bringing them into your kitchen just makes sense. Floral scented dish soap or multi-surface spray makes cleaning up your kitchen almost fun. (I did say “almost.”) My favorite right now is the Peony scent from Mrs. Meyer’s. It’s light and so fresh…not at all overpowering. Special soaps and lotions can also be found at discount stores, and places like T.J. Maxx or HomeGoods.
As you know, I’m a firm believer that fresh flowers can transform a room, and in hardly any time at all. They add color, texture, and life. Look for flowers in different shades of pink, purple, and yellow. The bright colors will definitely lift your mood. The simple task of placing a small pitcher of flowers on your kitchen counter will not only cheer you up, it will breathe life into your space. I don’t always have flowers in the kitchen, but when I do, it makes spending time there even more enjoyable.
No matter what kind of kitchen you have, new or old, big or small, your kitchen counters can be clean and beautiful. So look around for your most attractive kitchen tools, hide the not-so-pretty ones, bring home a bouquet of flowers, and enjoy!
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