Decorating the kitchen with a theme makes the space entertaining instead of just utilitarian and run-of-the-mill. Since there are so many themes, consider styles and eras that you like, as well as your favorite colors and foods, as well as items you may already have on hand that would work well as kitchen decor.
Retro Diner Dreaming
A kitchen theme inspired by retro diners creates a stunning scene in your home, decked out in bold red and silver, black and white or in turquoise tones. A checkerboard floor is the classic choice for a retro diner. Purchase a retro dinette set, complete with vinyl-covered chairs, for era-specific seating. Stick with a color scheme throughout the decor -- for instance, if the dinette set is red and chrome, display retro-inspired small appliances decked out in the same colors, such as a mixer or blender. Frame an old diner menu for display on the wall, or vintage food-based advertisements.
A wine- and vineyard-themed kitchen creates an idyllic atmosphere if you enjoy trips to wine country or enjoying your favorite red or white with dinner. Create a chair rail made of wine corks by cutting the corks in half vertically and adhering them to the wall in a straight line with hot glue or construction adhesive. Wine labels serve as decoupage supplies for a tabletop or as a framed craft or art piece. Display a large framed photo of a vineyard, grapes or a colorful, vintage wine advertisement with vivid graphics. Place potted ivy plants with leaves that look a bit like grape leaves atop the refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. A wooden wine crate houses the plants, or use it to stash items above the cabinets. A decorative wine rack holds your favorite libations in an out-of-the-way corner of the kitchen.
A country or rustic theme is an ideal option if you enjoy woodwork, wood tables and decor not reliant upon the latest kitchen fads and cooking gadgets. A light-colored wood table and chair set serves as dining area and decor in the country kitchen, if space allows. Reclaimed old wood may be used for a tabletop or countertops for an added rustic touch, complete with dents and dings. Swap out the solid-wood cabinet door fronts for framed chicken wire to display the dishes and drinkware within. Display antique bottles in vivid cobalt blue or emerald green in the window for a splash of color. Antique and vintage crocks hold cooking utensils or staples such as flour, sugar or coffee. Hang a collection of antique cooking utensils or cutting boards on the wall for added effect.
If you prefer sleek, simple lines to collections and clutter, a modern kitchen is likely to suit your tastes. Select appliances in basic shades such as black or stainless steel. Paint the walls a cheery, inviting color that meshes well with your home's decor -- even a bright apple green or cobalt blue works as long as other bold colors are not competing for attention. A monochromatic white kitchen is another option, keeping everything simple, clean and non-distracting, including the cabinets and furnishings. Opt for black granite or cement-based countertops. If space allows, add an island or breakfast bar with sleek stools as a place to enjoy an espresso.
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