A lot of home decorators find it very easy to decorate their living room or bedroom, but struggle to come up with ideas when it comes to the kitchen.
That is because a kitchen is designed to be a room that’s practical, rather than one you can get creative with. But just because your kitchen has to serve a practical purpose, that doesn’t mean you can’t include lots of your own fun ideas!
Read on to learn more about how to stay true to your personal style when designing a functional kitchen.
Browse online for kitchen inspiration – which style speaks to you?
There are plenty of places online where you can get ideas for kitchen inspiration. For example - a quick Pinterest search will bring up thousands of images of kitchens in a vast number of different styles. You can also look at manufacturer websites, interior design magazines or home décor blogs to get even more ideas.
When you’re looking at these images, which ones speak to you? You’ll likely notice that some stand out and appeal to your taste more than others. Look at these ones specifically and note down what you like about them – then you’ll be able to apply those styles to your own kitchen!
Paint it whichever colour you want.
Some people believe kitchens should be neutral or monochromatic, but that doesn’t have to be the case! After all, there are no rules when it comes to creative interior design.
If you’re a lover of colour, don’t be afraid to splash some bright or colourful hues on your kitchen walls to create a fun space that your family will love to spend time in.
The best part about being open to colour is that you can use as much or as little as you want to. You may want to paint your entire kitchen walls in your chosen shade, or perhaps you’d prefer an accent wall or colourful moulding on your walls. The choice is completely yours.
Have fun with tiles.
A quick visit to your local home decorating or hardware store (or even just clicking on to their website) will show you that tiles don’t just come in plain white, black or beige.
Manufacturers are catching on to the fact people are becoming more creative with their interior design choices, so you’ll likely find a wide range of options in different colours and styles.
This means the tiling on your kitchen walls can be suited to your own personal taste as well as being new and on trend.
Flooring doesn’t have to be boring.
The same can be said for flooring too! While we don’t recommend using carpet due to the likelihood of spillages in the kitchen, you’ll still be able to choose from tiles, stone, linoleum, laminate, wood, marble and more!
Not only are these all practical and easy to wipe or sponge clean, but this also means you have a wealth of options to choose from, giving you, even more, space for creativity in your kitchen.
Create an eclectic mix of furniture – or take advantage of a cool trend.
The furniture in a kitchen often becomes its focal point, so make sure it stands out and represents the styles you love.
For a fun and quirky look, try mixing pieces in an eclectic manner – such as artfully mismatched tables and chairs. You may choose different styles in the same colour or maybe a different colour for every item!
Or, if your general preference leans more towards style and trends, try to recreate a cool new trend you’ve seen that you’d love to show off in your own home.
Geek out with technology.
If you’re a lover of technology and all things geeky, use the opportunity to turn your kitchen into a forward thinking space full of awesome new gadgets. Choose hi-tech appliances that you’ll be excited to use every day and will represent who you are through your kitchen.
Add a touch of personalisation for you and your family.
Adding a touch of personalisation to represent you and your family is a great way to make your kitchen more ‘you’. You could include framed photos on a wall, or perhaps hang up a cork board to pin your favourite family memories, from photos to school reports to fun and eye-catching stickers.
Consider what you’ll use your kitchen for.
One of the best ways to make sure your kitchen represents who you really are is to consider what you’ll actually be using it for on a day to day basis.
For example, if you love to cook and spend most of your time in the kitchen preparing meals, install a counter that gives you plenty of spaces to work on each delicious dish.
Or, if your kitchen is more of a family room where you all share your meals together, make sure there’s space for a dining table that will bring you together.
After reading through all our ideas on how to stay true to your personal style, we hope you’re feeling more confident that creating a kitchen doesn’t have to be a sacrifice of the fun decorating ideas you love.
By taking the time to consider the facts and how you could integrate the styles you love, you’ll be able to imagine and create a kitchen that’s both practical and reflective of the life you love to live.
What is your kitchen like? Would you say it’s reflective of your personal style? Tell us about it in the comments – as well as any ideas you may have for decorating your kitchen in the future. We’re so excited to see what you have to share!