Kitchen Decorating Ideas


It’s the hardest-working room in the house, and the heart of the home. Meal prep, entertaining, homework, dining – it seems we live half our lives in the kitchen. Naturally we want it to be amazing, but the kitchen of our dreams isn’t always in our budget. You don’t have to start from scratch to transform your space, though. All it takes is a dash of creativity in some high-impact areas.

Here are six kitchen decorating ideas to help you bring more comfort, personality, storage and lighting to this hub of home activity:


1. Lighting

Kitchen lighting above all else needs to be functional, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great, too. Supplement your overhead lighting with distinctive, task-specific fixtures – gleaming pendants over the island, a lantern or crystal chandelier above your breakfast table, soft under-cabinet lights, even a small lamp to illuminate a dark stretch of countertop. You’ll enhance your kitchen’s style and make the whole room shine a little brighter.


2. Storage

A few thoughtful storage pieces can make your kitchen work a lot harder and look a lot better. Find clever ways to keep the items you use most within easy hand’s reach – place a colorful crock filled with utensils next to the stove, gather your essential spices and oils on a vintage tray, and display your prettiest platters and glassware on an elegant étagère. If your kitchen has a back door that serves as your home’s main entry point, install some hooks for holding handbags and umbrellas, and put out a bowl to collect keys, sunglasses, and phones.  You’ll minimize clutter, maximize efficiency, and add a healthy dose of charm.


3. Hardware

One of the quickest, easiest ways to revamp the look of your kitchen is by replacing worn, outdated hardware. Chic new knobs and pulls can bring old cabinets back to life, and are available in all sizes, shapes, styles, and finishes. Try mixing-and-matching for additional interest – knobs on doors and pulls on drawers, or by using a completely different type on your island to set it apart. Then, swap out your old faucet for one in a coordinating finish, update your paper-towel holder and wine rack, and just like that your kitchen has all-new flavor.


4. Paint

If you want to give your kitchen a makeover without investing a lot of money, paint gives you the biggest bang for your buck. A fresh coat on the walls is always transformative, but also consider tackling your cabinets. Whether classic white or a more daring shade, a different color can make even the oldest cabinets seem new again. If you’re looking for something more unexpected, try a two-tone palette with one shade on the base cabinets and another on the uppers, or paint the interiors a fun, contrasting color – especially eye-catching in glass-front cabinets or when the doors have been removed.


5. Comfort

With all the time we spend in the kitchen, comfort is key. Make your kitchen a welcome spot for the friends and family who gather there with seating that encourages lingering. An upholstered banquette bench, cushions to soften wooden chairs, and comfortable counter or barstools offer the perfect perch for stimulating meals and conversations alike. Keep the cook comfortable, too, with padded mats that ease the strain of extended standing. Available in colors and prints to suit every taste, these mats are just right in front of the sink or stove.


6. Personality

The kitchen can be such a utilitarian space – warm it up with a splash of your own unique character. Display special artwork on the wall or propped against the backsplash, show off treasured collections on open shelves or atop cabinets, and bring in your favorite colors and patterns on window treatments and kitchen linens. Live plants or fresh herbs provide welcome greenery, and scented candles add a warm glow while eliminating cooking odors. Though simple, personal little touches like these instantly make even the hardest-working room more inviting.

Have other kitchen decorating ideas you’d like to share? Leave us a note in the comments below.

How to Decorate Team

We enjoy spending days interacting with How to Decorate readers. From answering Design Dilemmas to writing How To articles and working with guest designers, our passion is to provide informative and accurate resources to help people solve their design problems.


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    Joanne Nye

    September 12, 2020

    I love the paint you have in the kitchen. Can you please tell me the brand and color of this paint color. Thank you.

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      Abbey Nolte

      October 9, 2020

      Hi Joanne,
      Unfortunately I don’t have information on the paint. I would suggest showing this picture at the paint store and they can match it for you.
      Best of luck,

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    July 7, 2015

    I’m trying to locate the four prints from picture 6 (Orange, Apple, lemon and pear). Do you still sell this set? Thanks!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 13, 2015

      Hi Cristina,
      Unfortunately those prints are no longer for sale. They’ve been discontinued. We’re so sorry! But you might light this Gold Pear Art print. It has a similar look to it and also similar colors!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    February 1, 2015

    where is the island pictured in no.4 from. Been looking for something just like it. Thanks!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 2, 2015

      Hi Mary,
      The furniture piece featured in the fourth image is our Paulette Server. The island in the fifth image is a piece that we no longer carry, but we do have a similar kitchen island, our Adler Work Table.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Myra Wade

    December 27, 2014

    Is there a brochure you could send me on specialty rooms, like the kitchen. Bathroom, family room and other room
    I’m decorating several rooms and need a lot of ideas.
    Thanks for your help.

    Myra Wade
    9002 NC Hwy 49
    Cedar Grove,NC 27231

    3I’m decorating

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Myra,
      Unfortunately we don’t have any kind of brochure that could help you, aside from our catalog! If you’d like to request our catalog, you can do that here. We do have a free program where you can ask our design team about certain areas in your home you’re having trouble decorating. You can do that by filling out this form.
      Best of Luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Cheryl Bendokas

    August 17, 2014

    Love the etagere pictured! Any info on where to get it?

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 21, 2014

      Hi Cheryl,

      There are two etagere-type furniture pieces in this post, which one are you interested in? In the second picture, we’ve used our Sonoma Bookcase, and in the sixth picture, we’ve used three Paulette Servers. Hope that answers your question.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    John Daiger

    September 26, 2013

    Looking for a kitchen chandelier that is shown in the HGTV 2013 Urban Apartment in Boston, MA. Wondered if you could help me find it.

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    Mount Carlo

    August 17, 2013

    Nice Blog and awesome kitchen, Actually i want to remodeling my kitchen. but i am confused regarding this. Because when i searching, How can i construct our kitchen then i found many answer and all answer are best.that’s why i can’t decide which one is best for me. Please give some advice. Thanks

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