SAVVY STYLING FOR YOUR KITCHEN BENCH.
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Does anyone else use their kitchen bench as a dumping ground and wonder how people function in a kitchen that looks beautifully styled? The fact is, it is unrealistic and impractical. A kitchen is the most commonly used space in the house. No matter how hard you try to keep the appliances away and the bench ‘styled’, it always just ends up back the way it was.
Most kitchens aren’t state of the arty, ‘fanciful’ kitchens with an enormous amount of storage and a butler’s pantry that would make Martha Stewart cry. Trust me, I get it. Most of the time, ugly kitchen appliances remain out on display, there isn’t enough space in the pantry for your Special K and your have a never-ending stack of cookbooks that even a hoarder would gawk at.
So, you want to have an Instagram worthy kitchen benchtop? No worries. Here’s how to do it and still have enough money left over for your addiction to buying new shoes.
Appliances don’t have to be ugly. There are some pretty decent looking kettles and toasters on the market. Here are my top 3 sets. I like to keep them neutral, either white or black. But if you are a colour lover, I have included a gorgeous teal set.
It’s nice to keep them matching. Most appliances come in a range. Keep them to the corner and close to a powerpoint. Keep the cables concealed behind the appliances. If you need, use the cable tie they come with to keep the cables neat and tucked away.
Condiments. A integral part of cooking. Think salt, pepper, oils, dressings, spices, tea and coffee. All those items you use everyday. Now, its smart to keep on the benchtop, as we want to maintain a practicality about this styling.
These items are usually covered in bold, colourful (ugly) supermarket labels and packaging. The best way to keep these things looking stylish are to contain them in your own jars and bottles to conceal them and keep it looking neat. If its done well it can look super.
It is also a great idea to cluster the canisters and bottles together on a tray or board in the corner of the bench.
Here are some ideas…
Another imperative part of cooking is your commonly used utensils. A great way to store them, if you don’t have space in a drawer, is to throw them together in a jar / canister. It can look really chic and stylish.
Be careful to make sure they are all of similar style / colour so they don’t look too messy and out of place. It is a nice touch to style them with a chopping board and couple of your favourite cookbooks. Stand up the chopping board, stack the cookbooks flat and put the utensils next to it.
Some of my picks…
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