A place where function and aesthetics combine, our styling choices influence the way that we use and enjoy our kitchens. Our homes today are often designed with kitchens in full view from other areas of the home, so it is important that they tie in with the overall interior decor.
We’ve curated some key tips for styling your kitchen to help you to create a space that feels welcoming, organised and very much your own. We asked the experts - Shelley White from Pantry Girl, kitchen styling specialist Dakota Drury from Studio Haus Co and interior designer Georgie Shepherd- about their top kitchen styling ideas and tips.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate styling elements into your kitchen while keeping your space clean and functional. Purposeful styling is the key to usability in your space. We spoke to Dakota Drury, an interior designer and property stylist who is well versed in making beautifully styled spaces feel like home.
What do you love to do in your kitchen? Consider each item and what purpose it fulfils in your space. Ensure the pieces that you present in your kitchen are both beautiful and useful to be sure the space doesn’t feel too cluttered. We also spoke with Shelley White of Pantry Girl, a professional organiser who helps busy families and individuals create systematic and sustainable solutions within their homes.
Organisation is essential to allowing your kitchen space to remain clean, functional and presentable. Finding effective ways to store our household items will transform your time in the kitchen.
Styling with small woven baskets is one of the easiest ways to add a touch of practical texture to your kitchen. Place handwoven baskets on an open shelf or the kitchen bench to hold items you need to keep within close reach like utensils or spices. Grouping multiple baskets on kitchen shelving - like our Sona Square Duo, Small Rectangle Tray Basket or Buna Baskets - will create a textural vignette and a point of interest in your kitchen as well as enable easy access to the items you chose to store in each basket.
Medium sized jute baskets provide practical storage and can be used for a variety of purposes in the kitchen. You can also use jute baskets to conceal items like containers and lids, boxes of wrap, foil and sandwich bags. Fresh fruit or vegetables can be displayed as a stunning focal point on kitchen islands or countertops. The Minikin Bowl or Zila Basket- Medium are both beautiful and functional baskets that will add a touch of natural texture to your styling while providing a home for your fruit. The Small Rectangle Jute Basket is a great way to store your cookbooks and table linens.
Creating arrangements of your favourite items can be the most significant styling change you can incorporate to instantly add style to your kitchen. Layered arrangements can rest against your wall or splashback, or sit on a shelf or behind glass cabinetry. Cutting boards, salt and pepper grinders, ceramics, bowls,trays,baskets and cookbooks are some examples of items you can use to layer in your arrangement. To create depth and interest use contrasting shapes, sizes and materials. For example, style a round Pata Palm Fibre Tray- Large with a smaller rectangular wooden cutting board and tall ceramics.
Choose items that you use most frequently and include them in your arrangements to match functionality and aesthetics in your space. Jute placemats and coasterscan be another great way to incorporate natural textures into your kitchen styling while maintaining functionality. Keeping coasters and placemats in close reach can limit mess and save your countertops from spills and scratches.
Incorporate practicality into your styling by using trays, providing both depth in your arrangement as well as protecting your benchtop. To make entertaining guests a breeze, use a Pata Palm Fibre Drinks Tray in your styling and keep on hand while serving up your favourite drinks.
Textiles are another way to introduce character and depth into your home decor. Choosing a tea towel or apron to display draped over your sink or stove is a great final touch, as it will bring texture and a ‘lived in’ feel to your kitchen. It is important to consider texture and tone when choosing textiles in your kitchen space. Neutral tones are great for maintaining balance and a sense of calm.
Adding plants and fresh flowers to your kitchen is a great way to soften hard surfaces and bring life to your kitchen. Choose your plant's vessel based on how it compliments your interior style. Neutral toned pots or baskets will fit into a wide range of interior styles and handwoven vessels will add a touch of texture to your kitchen in the process. Our smaller jute baskets like the Woven Pot Duo and Lari Basket - Small have been designed with this purpose in mind.
A fantastic way to feature a large palm or fiddle-leaf fig in your kitchen space is to use tall and narrow baskets like the Jute Laundry Basket in Natural or Charcoal and the Boda Basket in Charcoal and Earth.
Hard flooring is typically applied to modern kitchens, whether you have tiles, timber or laminate floors, luxury vinyl tiles or polished concrete, they can be heavy going on our feet after standing in this space for too long. A woven floor mat or runner with a non-slip underlay will help to soften the overall feel of a kitchen while adding much needed comfort underfoot. Our Lahari Floor Runners are a textural combination of jute and cotton, available in Charcoal, Natural and Bone; these runners will fit seamlessly into a variety of decor styles.
lighting is a significant element to any kitchen, as it sets the mood for all of the uses of the space. A well thought out light fixture can bring your kitchen decor to life. One of the most adaptable and beautiful lighting solutions is a pendant light.
Woven pendant lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes and create an aesthetically pleasing piece in the centre of the room. This lighting solution has the ability to cast direct light onto a working space and be dimmed to create soft mood lighting when entertaining. When choosing a pendant light, consider the aspects of your kitchen design that you can assimilate into your lighting. For example, think about matching your light with tapware or doorknobs, or if you have warm elements around your kitchen a warm toned light can bring your kitchen decor together.
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