The most important part of any kitchen is, of course, its functionality. You should never put décor or style ahead of actually being able to use all aspects of your kitchen; it’s a functional room first and foremost. That battle is constantly being fought on kitchen counters, as necessary cooking implements and tools end up claiming their fair share of the countertop, limiting your design space.
That doesn’t mean you need to give up on the idea of stylish, exciting countertops, however. Here are some of Parada Kitchen’s top ideas for giving your crowded kitchen counters a little bit of an extra shine.
If you’re going to need to use a chunk of your counter space on appliances, you might as well make sure they’re pulling their aesthetic weight, too! So many people think of appliances as separate from the kitchen designing process – they’ll just buy whatever and stick them into a finished kitchen, or redesign their kitchen without considering the appliances that will be taking up space. However, there are a wide range of styles and types of appliance out there; you can get almost any look you want by matching it with your design style. Whether you’re looking for smooth, contemporary lines, bright accent colors or retro chic, you can find an appliance that will serve as a decorative exclamation point in your kitchen.
If you spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, you likely have old cookbooks lying around. They can serve as a great visual boost, lining the wall of your kitchen and displaying their colorful spines. That not only keeps them within easy arm’s reach, but also provide an amped up look. You don’t just need to stick to cookbooks, either; any hardcover books, especially those with bright printed covers, make for a great addition to your kitchen.
Photos and Art
While you don’t want pictures to be strewn all willy-nilly around your counters – that’s a surefire way to lose space and functionality – cordoning off one area to display either personal family photos or interesting art prints and canvases to add visual interest and a personal touch to your kitchen counters.