Making a Focal Moment of an Unused Space…
I love creating focal points, especially in more practical rooms like the kitchen. There are many different places you can style in a kitchen, however, the one that gets overlooked the most is the kitchen island. It’s just that area that everyone seems to forget about. When it comes to how you decorate your kitchen island, there are many different ways to approach it. It all depends on what the kitchen island is used for. For my kitchen, as the oven sits close to it, there’s only one way to really use it. However, I like to imagine what I would do with it I could change it.
The choice is limitless, but personally, I see it broken down into three categories. Here are my top ways to decorate a kitchen island…
THE PRACTICAL ISLAND.
This is the current setup that I have with my kitchen island, a styling that you’d have seen many times on my Instagram. As mentioned, our oven is attached to this kitchen island. So when it came to styling it, I went practical. I had my utensil jar right next to it for easy grabbing while cooking. The large candle was a gift from a friend which works perfectly for getting rid of those kitchen scents and allowing the room to feel clean and fresh.
Another thing you might think of is a butcher block for chopping and serving food on. I’m totally inspired by Rachel Parcell’s in her kitchen and would love to recreate that one day in my own home.
THE GATHER AROUND ISLAND.
Typically, islands will have space for stools and allow for people to sit and gather around. With this, you may consider practical things prior to building like an electrical point for charging devices. Other things you may want to consider are fruit bowls for people to grab and go or sit and snack on. With this, I thought about adding some height with a diffuser to help with the kitchen smells and a little book to take the eye upwards.
Another thing would add if I had a full-on unbroken kitchen island, is a little dish that someone could throw loose change or keys into.
THE SEASONAL DECOR ISLAND.
This would be my dream to do in my kitchen and now that I’ve played with this, I’m thinking about doing something similar when I next makeover our kitchen (because you know it’s coming). The seasonal decor island is a great way to decorate a kitchen island when you love mixing things up. I love to play with seasonal decor. Placing some florals with a decorative piece is a great way to decorate. The juxtaposition of the design within a very practical room plays with the eye and gives you that nod to being in the know about interior design.
When it comes to holiday styling, you could easily change it up depending on the time of year. Something for Christmas or Easter would add some fun to your kitchen.
SHOP MY KITCHEN.