How to Decorate Kitchen Counters

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Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink WIth Butcher Block Counter

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink WIth Butcher Block Counter

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Kitchen countertops are a major feature of any kitchen design, and once you've decided on the type of counters you'll incorporate into your design, the work is almost done—but not quite. Knowing how to decorate kitchen counters will help you beautify your cooking space.

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After your countertops are installed, you'll want to explore the multitude of options for how to decorate kitchen counters, from elaborate themed designs to subtle storage features. Finding the right decorative approach for your kitchen countertops will help create a stylish and welcoming kitchen space in your home.

The first consideration you'll encounter when contemplating kitchen countertop decoration is how much countertop space you need to decorate. For an extensive countertop design—one that wraps around several walls in the space, for example—you may need more decorative flourishes, or even have an opportunity to create separate decorative areas. For a smaller counter space—one or two sections only, for example—you may only need a few subtle decorations to make the countertops an inviting and attractive element of your kitchen design.

One way that many homeowners approach kitchen countertop decoration is to combine decoration and function; cooking supply containers and even some appliances can easily double as decorative flourishes. Mason and apothecary jars, old-fashioned milk jugs and other interesting objects used for storage can create great visual interest and work well in just about any kitchen style, from contemporary to traditional. Appliances like blenders, coffee makers and mixers are all now available in a veritable rainbow of colors and hues, and kitchens everywhere are featuring these useful and attractive implements in bold reds, greens, blues and yellows.

Another option for countertop decoration in kitchens is to feature not just the supplies for cooking, but actual foodstuffs. Large fruit bowls, bread baskets, cookie jars and even canned goods like jams, jellies and other stores can create a bright, colorful and inviting kitchen countertop design.

Lighting is another feature you can add to kitchen countertops to create warmth and visual interest in your kitchen design. Recessed lighting can be installed in the countertops themselves, or you can add rope, task or accent lighting to help illuminate darker areas under the bottoms of cabinets or in corners.

Finally, building on the theme of adding both functional and decorative elements to your kitchen countertop design, consider investing in cookware, cutlery or large utensils with a bit of style and visual interest. Multicolored and uniquely shaped utensils are widely available, and when stylishly stored on kitchen countertops, these can help to enliven any countertop area.

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