Kitchen Accessories and Decorating Ideas

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Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

This blue and white country cottage kitchen features white cabinets, white columns, and arched picture windows. A rustic farmhouse table with intricate wood carvings serves as the focal point of the room. A vaulted ceiling extends the space and gives this kitchen an open, airy feel.

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This blue and white country cottage kitchen features white cabinets, white columns, and arched picture windows. A rustic farmhouse table with intricate wood carvings serves as the focal point of the room. A vaulted ceiling extends the space and gives this kitchen an open, airy feel.
By: Sean McEvoy

If you're remodeling an existing kitchen, installing a new one or just looking to give your current kitchen a quick facelift, you'll want to explore the wide range of kitchen accessories and decorating ideas that can make any kitchen a more lively, welcoming and functional space.

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The accessories you choose to feature in your kitchen may be the first elements guests notice. Many homeowners look to accessories—along with other thematic elements like color schemes and patterns—as an opportunity to express their design aesthetic and add visual interest and a distinct personality to their kitchen design style. Manufacturers of accessories have recognized this trend and are now offering a large selection of unique, eye-catching accessory designs.

Some of the most prominent accessories in any kitchen are actually cooking implements. Mixers, blenders, toasters and other small appliances are ubiquitous in kitchens. As important as they are functionally, they can be just as effective when it comes to your kitchen's design style and appearance.

The days when your choices for appliance design were "stainless steel and more stainless steel" are long gone. Now, retailers and online specialty outlets carry a range of small appliances in bold colors and unique designs, with bright yellows and greens, reds, oranges and blues particularly common sights in contemporary homes. Because of their low profile, accessories like these in bold colors can pair with just about any kitchen style, from traditional to modern. For the more adventurous homeowner, large appliances are also available in a range of bold, retro colors and styles—ranges and refrigerators in bright reds, fuchsia and other playful colors aren't wholly uncommon.

While small and large appliances can make great visually interesting accessories, many homeowners opt to add colors and patterns through smaller design elements. One of the most common approaches is to use serving utensils and cookware as an opportunity to express some style personality. As with small appliances, these elements are also widely available in a rainbow of color choices, patterns and unique shapes and sizes.

Finally, many homeowners choose to add artwork or other decorative accessories to their kitchens, often in a kitchen theme idea that syncs with an overall aesthetic of the home or of the kitchen space. Western, Mediterranean, rustic and country themes are quite common, and they afford the homeowner an opportunity to accessorize the kitchen with artwork and other design elements that reference a particular time period or cultural influence.

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