Staging a Kitchen

Once the space you’re renovating is complete, you’ll want to add some decorations to make it look nice or it may look too sterile. Knick knacks, rugs, lamps, trays, picture frames, floral arrangements or nice dishes placed intentionally can really add beauty to your space.

So, I’d like to focus on the staging and decorating I did for my kitchen. From my last post on my kitchen you’ll remember that I chose a window treatment that added an accent color to my space, which was turquoise. Other than turquoise, the space was all white and gray neutrals. So, I needed to add some decorations that brought in that turquoise color.

I went to Home Goods because they have a variety of knick knacks in all sorts of colors. I picked things off the shelves that I liked and then I put them together to see how they worked. I thought about where I would place them in my kitchen and then eliminated anything I knew I wouldn’t use or wouldn’t fit. In one corner, I put a tray with a pitcher and a floral arrangement, a nice variety of decorations. See picture below.

Turquoise Accent Color
Turquoise Accent Color

Decorations usually look nice in threes, so I added the wine bottle to make it complete. I then focused on the other side of my kitchen where I had two baskets I use for potatoes and onions. I decided to add some cutting boards in a matching wood tone to add variety to that side. These practical pieces make a house a home. Everything you add as decorations doesn’t have to be placed only for aesthetics. They can be functional too. See picture below.

Wood Tones
Wood Tones

My window sill was also a place I could add some turquoise. I went shopping downtown one day with my boys and found the cutest, tiniest plant pot in turquoise and lime green. I added a lime green pot and a white pot because I had three small plants on my sill. Adding greenery really adds life to a home. Succulents are great for kitchens because they’re so small. See my trio of plants below.

Kitchen Plants
Kitchen Plants

Last, I thought about the floor. I have a printed tile now, so I had trouble finding just the right rug. I experimented with three or four before I settled on the one in the photo below. I’ve seen oriental rugs in kitchens lately and thought I could use an oriental print with gray and turquoise. I found this rug on www.esalerugs.com. I chose a 2’7”X6’ size for my galley kitchen. When choosing rugs, you don’t just need to place a rug next to the sink. Think about the space you have and find a rug to fit the space. The picture below is also a nice after photo of my kitchen as a whole. Notice all the decorations put together with my new  tile and countertops. I’ll put the before photo first and the after photo last.

My Kitchen - Before
My Kitchen – Before
My Kitchen - After
My Kitchen – After

And so, this completes my blogs about my kitchen renovation project! Overall, I took my time picking the right contractors, choosing materials, and decorating the space. I thought deeply about every aspect of this project. It took me six months from start to finish. I’m pleased with the results. I hope my journey with my renovation has added value to your heart, home, and life as it has mine.

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