The end is in sight for our little kitchen and it will soon be time to style and organize it for it's final photos and, of course, just general use!!!. One thing I have always struggled with is how to effectively style the kitchen counters in a pretty way that doesn't take up unnecessary work space. We only have so much counter space, so it will be super important to style it in a way that doesn't take any of that space up.
I have been an avid pinterest user since it started back a few years ago, and before that I gathered pictures I liked just in folders on my computer. I have pinned many kitchens and I have gone through them several times as my taste as changed over the years. I'm that weird person that even goes through and deletes pins every once in a while, yes, that is me. But thanks to that I have found it really easy to go through them and find things I actually want to do.
My kitchen pins are mostly of kitchens with open shelving, which we will not have in the end (though many people have suggested that we should... and we considered it for awhile), but I think that they have some really beautiful ideas for how to display items in a way that doesn't take up very much space.
The first photo, via C- Home, is one of my very favorites. It is so, so simple but still very put together. Those of you who know me well, or follow me on instagram, know that I am a fan of old deer and cow skulls, which could have something to do with my love for this kitchen. I don't know how comfortable I would be with a skull right next to my food, but hey, it looks really cute, right? The white berry baskets and overall simplicity are also helping this kitchen out. A plus.
These two kitchens are very different from each other as far as styling goes, one has almost nothing out and screams minimalism and the other has soo many things on the counters... but I love them both. I love the stacking of cutting boards against the wall and the plants in one and I love the all white kitchen in the other. The containers are mix and match but they all work well together and it just looks nice.
This kitchen may be one of my favorites ever (definitely competing with #1) and this photo barely does it justice, but LOOK AT THE BOOKS! These people are out for an art teacher's heart- they even ROYGBIVed their books (#winning). Now this view is technically from the dining room but it gives a good idea of the kitchen through that opening with beautiful white trim. The marble countertops are pretty sweet too, but we are thinking about styling now... so ignore them (unless of course you are thinking about marble.. then DO IT but I will be jealous.. maybe someday in a future home of ours we will have marble countertops, someday...). I love most about this kitchen how it is entirely black and white but has the perfect pops of color with flowers, cookbooks, and dishtowels. They know how to do black and white with color pops and for that I applaud them.
I'm not sure if these pictures are really very helpful at all when it comes to actually styling kitchen countertops, but they are really pretty.... Perhaps what we all have learned is to keep it simple, black and white, but add in those perfectly though out pops of color here and there. Yes. That and leaning the stacked cutting boards against the wall and maybe, MAYBE, putting a skull or antlers somewhere in the kitchen. We will see.
What inspiration did you use (or will you use) when decorating your kitchen? xo Leah