Dress Up Your Design: Accessorize a Bland Kitchen

Each month, a lucky reader wins accessories from Etsy.com to complete a room. For February's winner, KellyAnn, designer Vanessa De Vargas selects the accessories and shares why she chose them to update this kitchen.

Before: Too White Kitchen

Homeowner KellyAnn is ready to accessorize and add pops of color to her new kitchen.

Vintage Glass Containers

To dress up the kitchen, De Vargas suggests placing jars on the counter filled with candy, sugars or even packages of soy sauce — whatever you need handy.

Chalkboard Vinyl Square Labels

Label the contents of the vintage glass jars with rewritable chalkboard options.

Large Wall Letters

De Vargas suggests filling in the area above the cabinets with brightly colored letters and other fun accessories.

Vintage Handpainted Chocolate Pot

Featuring hand-painted scenes of geisha and Asian countryside, the vintage Japanese chocolate pot is another stunning and colorful addition for above the cabinets.

Hand-Painted Platter

Displaying beautiful dishes is a favorite way to decorate in the kitchen. Add this shabby chic-inspired platter with a hand-painted design above the cabinets.

Black-and-White Teapot

Featuring a whimsical peacock design, this black-and-white teapot is another perfect addition above the cabinets.

Parchment Prints

De Vargas suggests framing these prints and adding them as a collage to the area above the cabinets.

Tea Towels

"Love these hand-printed, Asian-style dishtowels for the kitchen or use them as napkins for an outdoor picnic," says De Vargas.

Upcycled Spoon and Fork Hooks

"Hang each of the towels on these cool hooks made from vintage forks and knives," says De Vargas. "Place them to the right of the stove on the wall for handy towel access."

Shabby Chic Key Rack

"Hang this adorable key rack to the right of the fridge or on a wall as you enter the kitchen," says De Vargas.

Antique Turquoise Canister

De Vargas suggests adding this beautiful canister to the kitchen, placed on the top shelf next to the stove.

Vintage Wall Clock

"Every kitchen needs a clock so add this wall clock above the stove for a vintage look. Love the mid-century look with your wall color," says De Vargas.

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