5 Ways to Dress Up Your Kitchen

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The kitchen  is often the home’s hub, where family and friends gather to help with the cooking (or just the eating). This central position makes it an important design feature and a great place to add personality to your kitchen. Re-dressing the kitchen can provide a dramatic face lift on any budget. Here are  my favourite ideas you can use to give the heart of the house a little love.

Fresh flowers

We’re a sucker for fresh flowers and in our opinion, one of the best places to display these is on your kitchen bench – you’ll see and appreciate them more in this high traffic area than anywhere else in the home.

If you find it hard to justify the cost of fresh flowers, you could opt for a bouquet that incorporates native flowers that will last up to twice as long as other cut flowers, and we also have tips here on how to extend the life of your flowers. Also, if you’re time poor and find it difficult to get to a florist, there are flower delivery services that will deliver stunning bouquets to your doorstep.

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Looking to expand your palette but hesitant to make a big splash? Repainting just the island (or even only one side) adds a dash of drama without the effect of visually shrinking the space that can come from dark or vivid cabinetry. Pair the island with contrasting bar stools for even more life.


If you’d prefer to have your island float away rather than stand out, mirrored fronts – or mirrored kickboards, in the case of this kitchen in Brisbane, Queensland, by Kim Duffin – help lighten the look of the whole room. Mirrored materials can make bulky kitchen cabinets visually vanish and help the floor appear to run on forever. For vintage charm, use mirror with an antique finish.

LED Lighting

Install LED lighting strips to the underside of the island benchtop, the base, or both to bring a fun modern element and extra brightness to the whole space. Again, this is best done in the design phase before building work begins.

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Bookshelf or wall shelf

Nowadays it’s increasingly common for people to have open wall shelves or a small bookshelf incorporated in their kitchen design.

You can find all our shelf styling tips here and some ideas of products you could use are recipe books, beautiful ceramic pieces such as oil bottles or sugar bowls, art print, cake stand, teapot, salt and pepper grinders, or other items that relate to the kitchen.

For more information about kitchen decoration, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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