While the dining room used to be the heart of the home, modern designs in the 21st century have essentially moulded the dining room and the kitchen together, making it a place where families will gather, chat, and eat – without the need for a separate dining space at all.
But this makes the kitchen a bit of a tricky space for interior designers. On the one hand, it’s a purely practical room, the space where food is made and prepared throughout the day. On the other hand, in recent years, it has essentially become the hub of the house.
So how exactly do you decorate it? Well, below, we’ve listed five different ways you can decorate your kitchen to make it the perfect function room while still being the beating heart of your home:
Replace Practical Utensils With Something Beautiful
If you’re looking at your table, what do you see? Ordinary cutlery? Perhaps a water jug and a few candles? Well, these are all things that your table needs, but there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading them into something a bit more luxurious!
And you can get creative with it, too. You can transform your ordinary cutlery into lavish, middle-eastern silverware, transform your water jug into a beautiful silver mayim achronim, or upgrade your candles into one intricately designed gothic candelabra. Look at all your practical utensils and find a way to transform them rather than adding ornaments that will get in the way.
Install Glass Cabinets
But does this mean you can’t have any pretty ornaments in your kitchen? Of course not, but they don’t need to be on the table or taking up space on work surfaces.
Instead, look at changing your kitchen cabinet situation and installing glass cabinets rather than opaque ones. Not only will glass cabinets make the room look bigger, but they will also give you a chance to display both practical and decorative ornaments without them getting in the way.
Try Overhanging Greenery
For any room of the house, plant life and flowers can do a great job of adding a bit of colour and pleasant, natural aromas. But in the kitchen, plants can easily get in the way and make you lose space for other, more essential things.
This is why, if you have space between your cabinets and the ceiling, you should place overhanging greenery onto the cabinets themselves. This is a spacious, space-efficient technique that can easily make your kitchen feel more natural and exotic.
Art Goes In The Kitchen Too!
It’s strange, but we often overlook the kitchen as a space for artwork, but pieces of colourful art can easily soften the white light in the kitchen – which can be a bit more bright and clinical than other rooms in the house.
Take a look at how much space you have on the walls and see if you can place any art onto them. Make sure the art matches the theme of the kitchen, and – if you have a typical modern kitchen – try to choose colours that will alleviate overly bright tones.
Create Your Very Own Island
All of the ideas we’ve mentioned above are relatively cost-efficient, but if you have the budget for it, you shouldn’t rule out renovating the kitchen entirely. A number of 21st-century homeowners have chosen to install a central island in their kitchen, with stools that can seat family members and guests to create a mini bustling hub.
Yes, this isn’t exactly a piece of ornamental decor, but an island is an aesthetically pleasing addition to a kitchen, even if you don’t necessarily need one practically. Of course, this will also depend on the space and budget you have to work with. But if you can afford it and there is enough space to fit one in, it could be a great option to gather people together while also giving the room a beautiful, modern touch.