Ditch the ornaments and flowers: discover why you should be decorating your kitchen with apples, onions, eggs, turmeric, basil and Merlot!
When you really think about it, the kitchen is all about food. It’s not about gadgets, decorations or gleaming utensils – although these are great too! The kitchen is a place to store your food, prepare meals, discover new flavors and entertain guests. It seems in the gadget-obsessed age of minimal design everything has to be hidden. But food is beautiful, so why not make it the key design feature?
In my mind, the ultimate foodie kitchen is alive with colors, tastes and smells. It should be a place that inspires you to cook and experiment with your food. In this article, I’ll show you how making your kitchen ‘edible’ is both a practical option and a beautiful design choice.
A bowl of fruit can add a splash of life and color to even the most mundane of kitchens. Making a conscious effort to ensure you always have fruit on display not only keeps your kitchen looking fresh, but actually encourages you to eat more fruit – which can only be a good thing.
Fruit in the kitchen can be much more than a simple fruit bowl. You can easily design eye-catching color combinations of fruit and kitchen utensils. I think citrus fruits look particularly vibrant in a kitchen, as their bright, zesty colors work perfectly against neutral, muted backdrops. You can see here how lemons and limes are arranged to create a beautiful yet practical centerpiece.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not try a hanging fruit basket, attached to your kitchen wall. This has a real farmhouse, country kitchen feel – in fact it looks so cottagey that it’s hard not to imagine that these apples were picked moments before from a golden orchard.
Fruit bowls may be a fairly common idea, but not many people think about displaying their veg in a similar way. I can’t see why this hasn’t caught on yet. Vegetables can be just as colorful as fruit, coming in all shapes and sizes.
A vegetable bowl or basket can add a real farmhouse feel to a kitchen – like you’ve just gathered in a bountiful harvest from the fields. It also means that you can be inspired to combine flavors you wouldn’t normally and it is practical while you are cooking, as you can just reach over and grab another onion.
There are some great ideas out there for making vegetables part of your kitchen décor. Take a look at this clever potato and onion basket.
Or, instead for cupboards you could try open pantry-style shelves of vegetables. This not only looks great but it’s very practical too.
Eggs are another opportunity to bring that farmhouse feel into your kitchen. Just sticking eggs in fridge seems like a waste when there are so many fun and stylish ways to store them.
You can even turn your egg basket into a center piece with egg cups and other crockery like this. Or just choose a gorgeous basket like this and let the intricate weave bring a cozy charm to your kitchen.
Colorful Spice Rack
I strongly believe that spices should not be stuffed in a cupboard and only see the light of day as they are sprinkled into your curry. Out of all the ingredients in your pantry, spices are definitely the most colorful, which is why you should display their warm, vibrant colors in a spice rack.
There are some really inventive ideas out there for storing your spices. Take a look at this magnetic spice rack, which displays your herbs and spices like a vibrant and earthy color chart.
Or if you’re still looking for inspiration, check out this quirky oil and spice rack.
Indoor Herb Garden
Herbs are a great addition to any kitchen and I love the ‘indoor garden’ look they can bring to a windowsill or kitchen tablecloth. Not only do they freshen up a kitchen but they’re a practical and delicious source of flavor, which can boost your meals all through the week.
There are so many ways in which you can incorporate herbs into your kitchen’s existing style – whether it’s minimal or country vintage. Check out these how these vintage tea tins have been used as vases – perfect for a retro kitchen.
Glass jars a have eye-catching vintage quality and a beautiful simplicity. Storing rice, pasta, beans and cereal in their boxes can create a ‘supermarket’ feel. You can easily make your food look more appealing by storing it in simple, practical jars.
Displaying jars on your kitchen shelves can create a stunning kitchen centerpiece. You can see here how this look can easily be achieved.
Wine Rack Centerpiece
Wine racks have long been a staple component of kitchen design – they have the ability to add style and elegance to any kitchen and are a beautiful design feature. You can opt for a vintage Parisian style wine rack and try to bring luscious vineyards into your kitchen or you could opt for a funky, modern design like this one.
I hope this inspires you to open up your cupboards and bring delicious, colorful and beautiful food back into your kitchen.
Have you tried any unusual ways to incorporate food into your kitchen? Do you know or any foodie design tips? Share your thoughts below.
Bio: Estelle Page is an interior designer with a passion for food. She believes the kitchen should be the heart of the home and loves to share her décor tips and ideas.
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