They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and with good reason. Did you ever notice how gatherings of people always migrate there? You may have your formal rooms decorated to the nines for a New Year’s Eve party, but inevitably, everyone will end up trading banter and laughs around the kitchen counter. All told, you probably spend more time in this room than in almost any other, so why not make it look as appealing as it smells when you’re whipping up a delicious dinner? Maybe one of these kitchen décor ideas will work for you, or maybe you can spice one of them up with your own secret ingredients.
- Transitional: This style has gained increasing popularity in kitchens over the last several years. Transitional style, if you’ll remember, combines both contemporary and traditional elements to achieve a cozy yet modern compromise between these two styles. The transitional kitchen is characterized by mid-tone woods with clean lines, stainless steel appliances, and accents, granite or granite-look countertops, and a warm earth tone such as rust or gold on the walls. Complete this look with simple framed artwork in complementary colors and tailored unfussy window treatments.
- Tuscan: If the Mediterranean region of Italy inspires you, there are few spaces as welcoming as a Tuscan-look kitchen. Choose a warm terra cotta color for the walls, using a faux finish to emulate the look of plaster if possible. Cabinets and furniture can be a warm mid-tone wood or painted white. Bring the look of the earth into the room with natural materials such as marble or ceramic floors and countertops. Accents should be earthy, with the colors purple and green highlighted to reflect the influence of wine production in the Tuscan region. If you’re ambitious, a hand-stenciled ivy wall border is a great accent idea. Complete the look with artwork depicting primitive Italian scenes.
- Country: Does a down-home, traditional look appeal to you? Today’s country kitchens are a far cry from the frilly, dowdy looks that dominated this style genre in the past. Approach the style with a pared-down, spare aesthetic in mind. Furniture should be mid-toned wood with clean lines in the Shaker style. For cabinetry and accents, try a muted milk-paint tone of blue or red, with walls painted in a lighter tone from the same color family. Ceramic tile countertops make an interesting, user-friendly style statement. Choose wall art that reflects the style, with prints and accents depicting roosters, vegetables, and outdoor scenes. Simple, lightweight window treatments add a finishing touch.