How to Add Style to Your Kitchen

Get inspiration for adding decorative touches to your kitchen.


Hi, I'm Jennifer Kopf, home editor at Southern Living. The kitchen is a part of your home where you spend a lot of time, so make sure it's an attractive and inviting space. Whether you're putting the finishing touches on a brand new kitchen, or just want to do a little facelift. Adding decorative touches should be a big part of the process. The details you choose should help complete the look that you've established with your layout and material choices. An all white kitchen is a timeless look, but don't be afraid to use color to give it a little more personality. [MUSIC] Colored walls, paired with white cabinetry and trim, give your kitchen a crisp, finished appearance. [MUSIC] If you're feeling a little more daring, consider color for your cabinetry. A pale hue of blue, green, or yellow adds soothing color without being too bold. Perfect for a cottage or coastal feel. For a real statement, choose a more saturated color. It may feel like a scary decision, but the results will definitely be worth it. [MUSIC] Using color on your island or a freestanding cabinet, is a great way to add a punch without too big of a commitment. Fabric is another great way to add softness and style to your kitchen. Tailored cushions in a neutral fabric keep everything smart and simple. While flirty slips covers add a feminine touch. If your collection of china is only collecting dust inside a cabinet, try displaying your favorite pieces on shelves, or in an arrangement on the wall. [MUSIC] Collections of colored glass, and pottery also add nice visual interest [MUSIC]. Because so much of your kitchen wall space is filled with monochromatic cabinentry, a pretty painting provides an interesting focal point [MUSIC] Incorporating a shelf into the range's vent hood provides a perfect place to put your art front and center. Or, instead of a framed piece, have a local artist hand paint a mural on your range hood. [MUSIC] Incorporate vintage finds to add a variance of texture and a sense of age. This will help give your kitchen a one of a kind look. [MUSIC] Remember, sometimes the smallest details can have the biggest impact. Add custom touches such as furniture style feet to your cabinet fronts, or a whimsical range hood. And don't be afraid to have a sense of humor, be sure to include details that make you smile. [MUSIC] Decorating your kitchen should be fun. It doesn't have to be elaborate or cost a lot of money. Some of the easiest, and prettiest accessories of all, can be found in your produce aisle, or even in your backyard garden. With a little time and creativity, your kitchen can become everyone's favorite room in the house. For more decoration inspiration, pick up a copy of Southern Living Magazine and visit
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