How to Accessorize Your New Kitchen Counter

12 Kitchen Counter Decor Ideas: Accessories & More
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So you’ve remodeled your kitchen, and it’s looking incredible. It’s fresh, it’s new, and it’s just what you envisioned. But there’s still something… missing. It’s beautiful, but it looks like a display, not like your home. You know it’s time to decorate, but you don’t simply want to clutter up the place to make it feel like home. So, what’s the best way to go about it?

Read on to discover how best to accessorize your kitchen counter, so it looks lived in and feels like home, but is still somewhere you’re dying to show your friends and family.


How do you accessorize a kitchen counter? 

The accessories you use on your kitchen counters depend entirely on your kitchen’s theme, if any, plus your chosen colors and lifestyle. There are a few things to think about when you’re thinking about accessories:

  1. Dimension – think about how you can layer cutting boards, cookbooks, jars and more in certain areas to create more dimension
  2. Practicality – think about the things you actually need, such as tools and utensils, soap, snacks
  3. Colors – most interior decorators recommend using just one fruit in fruit bowls to emphasize one color to contrast with your counters and cabinets (alternatively, use two fruits of the same color)
  4. Plants – windowsills are the perfect place for houseplants or herbs (just be aware that they’ll wilt if over the sink when you empty boiling water)  
  5. Fabric – dishtowels, oven gloves, pet food mats, and more
  6. Appliances – do you have your coffee maker on the counter or a kettle? If so, ensure they’re appliances that are as beautiful as your new kitchen


What’s a good theme for a kitchen? 

As with any other room, the kitchen can have any theme you want, depending on your taste, lifestyle and interests. Some popular kitchen themes include:

  1. Industrial: increasingly popular in homes of all shapes and sizes, the industrial kitchen makes the best use of metal and other reclaimed materials. Bare lighting and uncovered piping are two classic elements of an industrial kitchen, with natural colors and stainless steel appliances.   
  2. Tranquility: this suits smaller spaces particularly well, as less spacious kitchens tend to feel more cluttered. Ideal colors include light greens and blues, greys, and creams. When accessorizing, think about using flowers, fabrics, and invest in functional items (like soap dispensers) 
  3. Coastal: this should evoke a similar feeling to that of the tranquil kitchen. Coastal kitchens should bring about a refreshing boldness with blues, greens and creams. Use sage-colored wood or reclaimed wood for tables and countertops for a rustic, coastal feel. Use a jar of shells, rope, and nautical prints to take it a step further.
  4. Modern farmhouse: the epitome of sleekness, without being shiny and sterile, the modern farmhouse kitchen blends old-fashioned authenticity with sophisticated ambiance. A farmhouse sink, reclaimed wood and wicker baskets bring the timeless element, and pendant lighting will make the space feel warm and cozy. For a cute touch, paint one section of a single wall with chalkboard paint. It’s great if you also work in your kitchen, need to keep a grocery list or want to scribble down mantras and good ideas throughout the day.
  5. Contemporary: this design style features plenty of polarities. Dark and light colors placed side by side create depth and visual interest. Large windows, eye-catching bouquets and statement pieces of artwork also work well. Just make sure to install plenty of bright lighting to balance out any deep, dark colors. Use different textures in your accessories if your cabinets, appliances, and countertops are all smooth and shiny.  


How do you organize a small kitchen countertop? 

When decorating a kitchen with minimal counter space, you need to keep it functional. Invest in beautiful soap dispensers, utensil holders, chopping boards and appliances. If you have to keep “clutter” on the worktop, use decorative trays or baskets to organize and hide it. Look to fruit or flowers to add a splash of color.


Where do you put countertop appliances? 

Where you place your countertop appliances depends on how much space you have. If your kitchen is large, you’ll likely have more options, but in a smaller kitchen, you may have to place them in cupboards or on top of the fridge. If you have to choose between appliances, the obvious choice is whichever you use most frequently. 

Arrange bulky appliances in corners so you can keep the visual length of the countertop unbroken, as having something like a microwave in the center of a counter can make your kitchen feel smaller.


How can I decorate my kitchen countertop without clutter?

When it comes to decorating your kitchen countertop without overdoing it, the key is to have a good selection of storage containers. This could be jars, boxes, trays, bowls or even trunks, depending on your kitchen’s theme. If your containers are in keeping with the theme and you like how they look, you’ll want them out on display rather than hiding them. Avoid having lots of little trinkets – if you want something purely decorative, make sure it’s one or two pieces, not a dozen tiny ones.


Our Top 12 Tips to Accessorize your New Kitchen Counter

A well-decorated kitchen should combine functionality and cohesion. It should serve a purpose while feeling tied-together stylistically. Here are 12 tips for accessorizing your kitchen counter while bearing in mind theme, space and color scheme. 


1.    Declutter your counters

Before you jump the gun and totally reorganize, take every unnecessary item off your counters. Vitamin bottles, old candles, a pile of mail and the ancient coffee machine you only use when the in-laws visit don’t need to be out. Once your counters are cleared, you can rearrange what you already have.


2.    Add fresh flowers or other plants

A little greenery goes a long way, especially in apartment kitchens in areas that otherwise lack greenery. Many plants are air-purifiers, which is a bonus. If you’re new to owning plants and want a low-risk test, try a small herb plant to start with. Fresh herbs are a great addition to your meals and add a quaintness to any kitchen, regardless of design!

If you’re working with a smaller kitchen, try a hanging plant. They won’t take up precious floor space and can heighten the appearance of the ceiling. Inch plants, silver pothos and spider plants are great hanging plants. Plus, the kitchen is the moistest room in the house, after the bathroom, which plants love. 


3.    Find vibrant dish towels to match your kitchen’s color

Sometimes, it’s the subtle details that add the most cohesion. Use your textiles to bring your kitchen together and give them a place. Hang them from the oven door or put hooks on the wall to prevent them sitting in a wad on the counter.


4.    Use vertical space more efficiently

Your countertops will look much less cluttered if you install racks and risers. Not only do these elevate existing dishes, canisters, and utensil holders, but they also open up the room, making it look bigger than it is (not to mention extremely functional while cooking). If your refrigerator is not set into a cabinet, try a magnetic spice rack on the side, or use it as a place to store your notes and a calendar.


5.    Repackage store-bought items into eye-catching containers

Depending on your kitchen’s theme, you may want to choose certain materials for these containers. For example, if you’re aiming for a minimalist, bistro-type vibe, you could put your loose leaf tea or coffee in glass containers with cork lids. If you’re a fan of mid-century modern decor, perhaps store your rice, legumes and cereals in retro containers


6.    Add trays to sort similar items together

Trays are the ultimate way to organize and declutter, especially if they match the décor! Set one tray for oils, spices and dressings, one for jars of sauces, another for general clutter, and so on. If they start to look like a dumping ground, make sure you have organizers within them and add a candle or succulent to make it look more intentional.


7.    Place a few art pieces leaning against the walls

Art will serve to emphasize your kitchen’s theme further and add a little fun to this otherwise functional space. Just make sure you put them in frames so you can wipe the glass clean easily without damaging the art or print.


8.    Consider recessed lighting or accent lighting over counters

This adds a chic drama to any cooking session and will impress your guests as soon as they enter the room. It’s also a great way to keep your kitchen illuminated in the evening when you turn off the overhead light and highlight your accessories.


9.    Match new appliances to your color scheme

There’s something satisfying about toasters, kettles and microwaves that match. If you have a neutral kitchen, continue that theme with stainless steel appliances, or go for a splash of color by purchasing appliances in a bright color, like red, blue, or yellow.   


10. Add some texture by using sections of patterned tile or wood grain

This is a particularly effective option if your kitchen design is otherwise minimalistic or only features block colors. You can do this even when accessorizing, with chopping boards, plant pots, and more.  


11. Use a bold color in one section of the countertop

A brightly-colored appliance on a white countertop adds playfulness to a kitchen. Bold block colors, isolated to one area, are a unique way of adding energy to your kitchen.


12. Less is more!

Unless you’re a fan of maximalist design, don’t worry too much about filling your kitchen with stuff. You’re more likely to become overwhelmed by the clutter and end up throwing out things that, on their own, could’ve looked great. And if you’re inclined to buy lots of accessories, only to change your mind and throw them away, try buying things one by one. Give each item a few weeks to “settle in,” and then move on to the next piece. 


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