Kitchen Decor Ideas: 31 Ways to Transform Your Cooking Space

Drew Michael Scott of Lone Fox in Los Angeles incorporated a Calcutta Monet coffee bar into his remodeled kitchen. “I took what was considered a butler’s pantry, removed the cabinet doors, and created shelving,” he explains. After setting up his espresso machine, Scott filled the surrounding shelves with his favorite accessories. “Before you even start decorating, make sure your functional items are in place, because that is what you will be utilizing daily,” advises Scott, who is a proponent of incorporating traditional decorative accents in the kitchen. “Artwork looks great within built-ins; you can layer a few pieces alongside a stack of books!”

How to decorate your kitchen with accessories?

While thinking of kitchen decor ideas, you will want to keep function top of mind, designers say. “Use items that appeal to your aesthetic while also being utilitarian,” Donahue suggests. Eyl adds, “Rugs, cutting boards, herbs in pots, and cruets are functional but can also reflect the client’s style and create different moods.”

Include soft touches

Designer Lilse McKenna appreciates the softness that these David Iatesta light fixtures add to this Manhattan kitchen.

Designer Lilse McKenna appreciates the softness that these David Iatesta light fixtures add to this Manhattan kitchen.

Photo: Read McKendree

David Iatesta light fixtures add a dose of charm to this Upper East Side kitchen, which opens into a living room and which was designed by Lilse McKenna, who operates an eponymous firm in New Canaan, Connecticut. “The hanging fixtures with gathered shades help to marry the two spaces, giving a softness to the kitchen so that the solid cabinetry can work well with the upholstery and patterns of the living space,” McKenna shares.

Embrace earth tones

Designer Olivia Wahler made a point to include natural colors in this California kitchen.

Designer Olivia Wahler made a point to include natural colors in this California kitchen.

Photo: Erin Feinblatt

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