Just like a nice outfit, your kitchen can
benefit from accessories! If you are thinking about
redecorating but don?t have a lot of dough to put into your
kitchen, try simply adding some accessories in a matching theme
or color and see how it transforms the room!
Now before you rush out to the store, you
should probably decide what sort of theme you are going for. Do
you want the look of old Italy? How about a cottage theme? Why
not try a country style kitchen? You will want to buy different
accessories depending on the theme you
If you can?t quite put your finger on exactly
what you want, look in magazines and decorating books or surf
the internet to get a flavor of the accessories you would like
to see in your kitchen. Once you have found a style you like,
you can purchase accessories close to those you see in the
magazine or book. Color choices, of course, should compliment
the main color in the room.
Sometimes, you can just rearrange the
accessories you already have to create a whole different look.
It is recommended to group your accessories in odd numbers
rather than even numbers. Different heights and textures are
Hanging artwork or decorative plates, trays
or other wall art in your kitchen can really add to the
ambiance, but did you know that most people do not know how to
hang wall d?cor properly? The rule of thumb is that a picture
of piece of wall decor should be hung so that the middle of the
piece is at eye level. Art work should be placed no more than
seven to ten inches above a table. Grouping wall decor in
geometric shapes such as rectangles, triangles or circles adds
Bakers racks or open cupboards are too
cluttered in most kitchens. If you are using it to store
cookbooks, vary the heights of books with the tallest in the
middle and avoid putting small books next to tall books.
Removing the dust covers can often make the books look more
appealing. You can also decorate the shelves with candles,
family pictures, fancy bowls, baskets or pantry boxies in odd
number groupings of 1, 3 or 5 pieces. Place a plant on the top
shelf for balance.
Certain accessories can give your kitchen a
gourmet feel. Hanging copper pots and pans from a wire rack
attached to the ceiling can add warmth and color. Don't be
afraid to hang plants from any bare ceiling corner to give a
lived in feeling to a plain kitchen. Growing herbs in a
decorative container on the windowsill can be a great way to
add interest and improve your cooking. Accessorize your counter
tops with canisters or cooking utensils. A large bowl of fruit
on the kitchen table can be fresh or
Once you have decided on the look you want,
don?t feel like you have to run out and buy everything that
day. Take your time and shop around for those perfect pieces.
Try antique stores, consignment shops or flea markets for
ideas. Accessories can make or break the look of your kitchen
so be creative and trust your instincts!