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Transform Your Kitchen with These Expert Styling Tips

Styling a kitchen can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you're a homeowner looking to refresh your space or an interior design enthusiast eager to experiment with new trends, this guide is for you. We'll walk through essential items, offer practical tips, and share examples to inspire your next kitchen makeover. By the end of this post, you'll have all the tools you need to create a kitchen that’s not only functional but also beautifully styled.

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Items We Like to Use to Style Kitchens


Bowls are versatile and can add both functionality and style to your kitchen. Opt for decorative ceramic or wooden bowls to hold fruits and vegetables. They add a touch of warmth and texture to your countertops. Displaying a few varied sizes can create a layered look that is visually appealing.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards aren't just for chopping. Wooden boards, in particular, can serve as charming decor elements. Lean them against the backsplash for an effortlessly chic look and place a few decorative items in front of them for a layered look. They're practical too – always within arm's reach when you need them.

Vases and Greenery

Nothing breathes life into a kitchen like a bit of greenery. Place a decorative vase with fresh flowers or branches on your countertop or island. This adds a natural element to your kitchen, and can add a pop of color.


Adding a piece of artwork to your kitchen can elevate its style. Choose pieces that resonate with your personality. Whether it's a vintage or a modern print, artwork can make your kitchen feel more like home.

Serving Platters

Serving platters aren't just for serving food. They can be displayed on open shelves or even used to hold other decorative items. Choose platters with designs or colors that complement your kitchen’s theme.


Cookbooks can add both function and style to your kitchen. Stack them on open shelves or display them on an easle. They add a lived-in feel to the space. Plus, they’re always there when you need some culinary inspiration.


Storage canisters are perfect for keeping your kitchen organized and are great styling elements. Use them to store dry goods like flour, sugar, and pasta. Choose canisters in colors and materials that complement your kitchen decor for a cohesive look.

Pretty Soap Dispensers

Switch out your generic soap dispensers for something more stylish. A pretty soap dispenser can add a touch of elegance to your sink area. Go for glass or ceramic options to elevate the look.


Adding a lamp to your kitchen counter or island can create a cozy ambiance, especially in the evenings. Choose a lamp with a design that complements your kitchen style, whether it's modern, transitional, or vintage.


A well-placed rug can add warmth and texture to your kitchen. Opt for a rug that is easy to clean and can withstand high traffic. A rug under the sink or by the kitchen island can make the space feel more inviting.

Here are a few of our favorite styling items all available to shop on our LTK page.

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How to Style a Kitchen Island

The kitchen island is often the centerpiece of the kitchen. It’s a place for cooking, dining, and socializing. Here’s how to make it both functional and stylish:

  1. Central  Bowl or Large Vase: Place a large, decorative bowl or vase off center of the island. You can fill the bowl with faux or seasonal fruits. If you opt for a large vase, fill it with branches, greenery, or a seasonal arrangement.

  2. Cutting Board or Tray: Please a large cutting board next to the large central item. You can use this to display your fresh sourdough bread or other freshly baked items.

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How to Style Around the Sink

The sink area is another focal point that can benefit from a bit of styling. Here’s how:

  1. Pretty Soap Dispensers: Upgrade your standard soap dispenser for a stylish one. It’s an easy change that makes a big difference. Place these on a small tray or raised trivet.

  2. Greenery: A small potted plant or a vase with fresh flowers can brighten up the sink area.

  3. Towel Display: Use a decorative hand towel. It’s functional and adds a touch of color.

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How to Style Around the Range & Perimeter Cabinetry

The area around your range and perimeter cabinetry needs to be functional but can also be stylish. We like to layer functional items. Here’s how:

  1. Cutting Boards: Lean a couple of cutting boards against the backsplash. They are handy for cooking and adding charm.

  2. Cannisters and Crocks: Use jars to store baking or cooking items and crocks to hold your utensils.  Group larger jars with smaller ones to vary the height.

  3. Cookbooks: Display a couple of your favorite cookbooks by stacking them or placing them on an easel.

  4. Table Lamp: Create ambiance and charm by adding a small table lamp.

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How to Style Kitchen Shelves

Open shelves offer the perfect opportunity to showcase your style. Here’s how to make them look great:

  1. Mix and Match: Combine functional items like bowls, dishes, and glasses with decorative pieces like vases, plants, and artwork. This creates a balanced look.

  2. Color Coordination: Stick to a color scheme for a cohesive look. This can tie the whole kitchen together.

  3. Layering: Stack plates, bowls, and other items at varying heights to create visual interest. This adds depth to your shelves.

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Wrapping Up Your Kitchen Styling Guide

Styling a kitchen doesn’t have to be daunting. With these tips and a little creativity, you can transform your kitchen into a space that is both functional and beautiful.

Remember, the key to a well-styled kitchen is balance. Mix functional items with decorative pieces, stick to a cohesive color scheme, and don’t be afraid to show off your personality.

If you’re looking for more personalized advice or want to take your kitchen styling to the next level, consider booking a consultation with our team at Diamonds in the Desert Design. Our team can help you refine your style and choose the perfect staple pieces for your kitchen. If you are about to undergo kitchen renovation, check out our Selections by DITD Interior Design Kits.  Happy styling!


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