Styling a kitchen counter can prove to be quite challenging at times. You need to have some things handy for your cooking tasks but you also want your kitchen to look free of clutter, especially if you don’t have plenty of countertop’s space available.
Let’s be practical, the less items you have on your countertop the easier it is for you to keep everything clean. Moreover, if your kitchen is on the small side having less bits on sight will make your space seem bigger.
So, I guess the basic rule is to keep things to the bare minimum, and work out what’s really essential. Choose to display only accessories that really have a purpose, that are used often and that add style to your kitchen. Make vignettes! Having your kitchen utensils and accessories grouped as vignettes gives them a meaning and intention, and they look better than a never-ending row of items exposed.
Here some inspirational pictures and tips for styling your kitchen counter. And how to group your kitchen accessories on your countertop:
Trays and basket are an absolute must to keep all your items together and they make some wonderful vignettes when they are all styled and color coordinated. Think of a marble or a wooden tray to keep your herbs and spices nicely together, or a long rectangular tray for your canisters for example.
Small appliances: As mentioned before keep on sight only the ones you use often and need handy. Everything else can be stored in a cabinet for the occasional use. Electrical appliances can take up a lot of space so they are best placed in a corner provided you have an electrical socket there. Tuck the cords neatly behind the appliance to keep your counters from looking messy. I recommend no more than three items and always place the taller/larger one in the middle of your composition pushed far back into the corner. Mix with other elements like a vase with flowers, a plant or canisters.
Plants are a great way to bring your kitchen to life. Pots of fresh seasonal herbs styled together can make a huge impact on your kitchen decor. Inspiring healthy eating and freshness. Plus, you’ll have fresh herbs for recipes anytime you need.
Cutting boards are a real must in every kitchen, and they make a really good decor element if leaned against your kitchen’s countertop. Choose trays that are shaped differently, a round and a rectangular one for example to create more visual interest. Mixing different materials such as wood and marble will make your vignette even more interesting and eye catching.