How To Give Your Kitchen A Stylish Makeover

February 4, 2014

Is this the year you give your kitchen a much-needed makeover? Interior stylist Lucy Weight of the Cool Edies shares her top tips for creating a stylish and personalised kitchen.

1. Begin by selecting a neutral base colour
Whether this is dark and moody, white and fresh or even a warm, natural cream tone, the neutral base will harmonise the finish of your appliances.

2. Add feature colours
Selecting a feature colour or a combination of colours can be daunting so only commit to items that are changeable around home or can be put away such as vases, fruit bowls, platters, pitchers or linens.

For example, when the Cool Edies styled the Electrolux Inspiration Kitchen, we established our neutral base and then selected a complimentary colour palate. We then hunted for cushions, table decorations and moveable accessories in our colour palate. Remember, a pop of colours are fun but shouldn’t feel permanent.

3. Take your colour little further by incorporating a natural element
Wooden accents can range from a pale, modern blonde, to silvery driftwood or dark walnut. Elements like stone and marble can also be cooling when the heat gets too much in the kitchen. Stone and marble can be incorporated underfoot in a kitchen work surface or as large serving boards.

4. Add a metallic
A metallic can really lift the mood of your kitchen and you probably already own some pieces; think copper cookware, modern stainless steel utensils or nostalgic brushed aluminium vintage cake moulds. Showcase key pieces on your shelves, hanging, or on bench tops.

5. Flowers and produce
Flowers belong everywhere in the house and the kitchen should be no exception! To keep arrangements in the kitchen relevant and organic you can create fresh produce bowls to celebrate what’s in season at that time. A blossom or gum branch all work well, and air plants like succulents are sculptural and striking. The best thing about using produce is that you get to reinvent your creation every week as you eat the produce on display.

6. Keep a 1:1 ratio of decorative to functional items in your kitchen
For example, choose one beautiful appliance to showcase that serves both as a functional item and a decorative piece. Or, if you want to keep all your utensils out on the bench, choose a beautiful vessel to hold them.

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