How to style your kitchen
Styling your kitchen can be a tricky business. You want it sleek and stylish, but also functional. If you're planning a spring spruce-up - here check out these five top styling tips from Surrey kitchen designers Park House Kitchens.
Spring is in the air. And that means the sunshine-yellow heads of daffodils popping up and lambs frolicking in the fields. It’s also the perfect time for a spot of spring cleaning.
It’s time to pack away the winter woollies in favour of something lighter and fresher. But don’t stop at your wardrobe – think about your home as well.
And what a better place to start than the kitchen. It’s the hub of the home and it’s worked so unbelievably hard over the past year – homeschooling children, the scene of banana bread-mania, not to mention witnessing our our new-found love of sourdough bread. It’s been quite a year… it really has!
So where to start? The team at Park House Kitchens are experts at designing and styling kitchen spaces – here are their five top tips.
Say it with flowers
Its no wonder that windows are wide open if the first sign of spring, airing the winter away. And what better way to bring the outside in, than with some fresh flowers. These don’t have to be an extravagant bunch from your local florist (although, that can be lovely too). A small bunch of tulips or freshly cut daffodils from the bottom of the gardens are all that you need.
But if you want something more permanent, faux flowers are in vogue right now. Forget those faded plastic flowers from days past – faux flowers look incredibly real and natural. And there are some great advantages – they’re pet friendly, they won’t wilt, you can choose any flower you like regardless of the season, there’s no chance of spillage from a knocked-over vase and best of all, they last!
Fresh produce brings vitality into the kitchen – and displayed in on a wooden platter or rustic basket can create a colourful focal point for a kitchen table or island. A bowl of fresh lemons or limes will stand out – the pop of lime green and bright yellow against a neutral wall looks great. Or consider a big bowl of bright red apples.
Greenery is a massive hit right now, bringing the outside in. A fantastic way to do this is with rustic terracotta planters and filling these with herb pots from the supermarket. Arranged on the window sill or by the stove ready to snip into your favourite dishes. These relatively cheap plants also look great in a rattan planter on the dining table or the sideboard. Another big trend for 2021 comes in the form of olive trees. Yes! We’re bringing the outside in with miniature olive trees
A clutter-free kitchen is lovely – it can make the space look spacious and tidy – but you don’t want to it to lose its personality. It is still a kitchen, after all, a functional and productive space. So keep things out on show – display your kitchen utensils in a pretty jug or canister, position the salt cellar near the cooker top, show off your vintage kitchen weighing scales.
Practicality is key to your kitchen styling – you’ll want to have easy access to the things you use most. Consider those items that you need to have to hand and display them thoughtfully – group or layer similar items together. And think about their colour, tone and texture. Natural timber boards look great with natural stone and metals.