Pretty Kitchen Decor Ideas for Avid Cooks

I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some decor ideas to transform your kitchen!


Pretty Kitchen Decor Ideas for Avid Cooks

Your kitchen is your favorite room in the house by far. There you can cook — which just so happens to be your activity of choice — and share your creations with the ones you love. Unfortunately, not every kitchen is set up for such pursuits, nor does every space come decorated to inspire chefs to spend more time there honing their craft.

That’s why avid cooks should make a few simple upgrades to their kitchens to make them more functional and more aesthetically pleasing. Here are five easy projects that’ll make your kitchen work for you — and inspire you to work in your kitchen:

Say Goodbye to Your Cabinets

Old-school cabinets in an outdated stain will instantly date the look of your cabinets. You can, of course, remove them, sand them down and repaint them over a weekend, which will completely transform the look of your kitchen. If the doors themselves are simple, sturdy and timeless, then this option will suit your space well.

On the other hand, some old-school cabinets are too far out of style to be salvaged. For example, if your cabinet doors have been etched with curvy ornate designs, you can’t simply paint over that. Instead, you can completely modernize your space by removing the doors and having open-air shelving instead.

The result will make life easier as a chef, too. You can easily reach for the ingredients or mixing bowls you need as you work your way through a recipe. If you don’t want everything out in the open, a mix of open and closed cabinets can be a fresh look for your space, too.

Upgrade Your Stovetop Hood

It’s likely your stovetop already has a hood overhead, but many builder-grade appliances don’t have as much strength as industrial models. You can actually calculate the strength of a hood fan your space requires, and having the right one will help you clear out any overwhelming aromas wafting from your cooking.

On top of that, a sleek, new stovetop hood will become a focal point of your kitchen. An extra-large stainless steel one will add a splash of modernity, while one camouflaged by wood molding can look rustic and country.

Decorate with Small Appliances

Your biggest appliances — the fridge, stove, dishwasher and oven — are probably in a nice, matching hue to create a cohesive, seamless look. Your countertop appliances don’t have to fall in line with this pattern, though.

Instead, pick out a colorful, detailed selection of smaller cooking appliances to decorate your space and improves its function. For example, the classic Kitchen Aid stand mixer comes in multiple eye-catching colors that would make quite the statement on your countertop. As an avid chef, we’re sure you can think of countless ways to incorporate a stand mixer into your cooking (and baking) routine. Fresh pasta, cookies or mashed potatoes, anyone?

Swap Out Your Knobs

Another quick way to make you kitchen feel fresh again is to swap out your existing cabinet hardware for knobs with a different, more modern finish. And, if you choose a finish like brass or stainless steel, you won’t have to worry about swapping them out again for a while: these durable finishes will look great for years to come.  

To make the hardware upgrade easy on yourself, choose new knobs and pulls that attach to your cabinet with the same number of screws as your last set. That way, you can just take out your current knob and screw the new one into place without drilling a new hole or otherwise wasting too much elbow grease. A small kitchen’s upgrade could take a matter of hours!

Hide Kitchen Clutter in Taller Drawers

Most every kitchen you’ll visit has a vase full of utensils on the counter. It may pass as decorative, and it qualifies as convenient to keep your spatulas, whisk, ladle and wooden spoons in this type of container, but your countertop can look a bit busy with all that sitting on it.

A great way to keep your utensils organized, yet out of the way, is to commandeer a tall drawer or small cabinet with a removable shelf. Place the utensil vase you already have into the space you’ve designated for it and voila: you maintain the ease with which you currently pluck the tool you need while reducing the amount of clutter on your counter.

If you’re in the mood for a full kitchen reno, you can have your contractor make a special drawer next to your stove with built-in cups to hold and organize everything. And, with the drawer directly next to where you’ll cook, you can easily grab the tool(s) you need as you need them.

Now, Build Your Blueprint

Every kitchen’s needs will be different, and every budget will allow for a different number of projects to be completed. However, the above five kitchen projects will make your space more decorative, more functional and more inspiring for you, the person who loves to cook. So, roll up your sleeves and get to work making your kitchen the creative space of your dreams — we can’t wait to see what you cook up next.


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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