While I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a designer, I decided I am going to post before and after pictures of our new house as the rooms evolve and projects get completed.
Our first project was the kitchen. The changes were few, but the impact was huge!
What we did:
1) painted the cupboards black
2) added cabinet hardware
3) changed the wall color
4) painted the trim
5) changed the light fixture over table
6) window coverings (not pictured)
7) new appliances
I don’t decorate my kitchen per se, but I do like it to look like some thought was put into it. For that reason, I make it a rule that anything “decorating” our kitchen has to be functional. Since pictures are more fun and where inspiration is usually drawn from anyway, I snapped a few pics of my kitchen and how I add “personality” to it.
A stoneware crock holds utensils, and my copper tea kettle adds some visual interest.
A basket holding cookbooks adds texture (and easy organization), and my dutch oven adds a pop of color.
Pretty simple, but I find these little elements charming as well as functional, and it doesn’t add unnecessary clutter.