Kitchen Decor Ideas: 31 Ways to Transform Your Cooking Space

Myers styled a runner from MD Home in this Fredericksburg, Virginia, kitchen. “I fell in love with the simplicity of the colors—you can’t go wrong with blue and neutrals—and the geometric motif,” Myer says. She notes that the kitchen connects to various rooms within the main living area, in which color is abundant. “It felt important to have the kitchen be able to stand up to that, but also be neutral,” the designer adds.

How can I decorate my kitchen in a simple way?

It’s important to practice moderation when decorating the kitchen; do your best to take a minimalist approach. “Less is more,” Chaudhuri says. “Much like accessorizing an outfit, moderation is key. The more decorations on shelves and kitchen countertops, the less functional space you’ll have to work and the smaller the space will feel.” On that note, be sure to leave some empty counter space available, the designer adds.

Treat your plates as decor

Give antique plates a new life by displaying them on your kitchen walls.

Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Pots, pans, and beautiful plates shine in this Churchville, Maryland, kitchen. It was designed by Tanya Smith-Shiflett of Unique Kitchens and Baths, who worked in partnership with Winsome Interior Design in Lutherville, Maryland. “The open display shelves were very important to our design,” Smith-Shiflett says, noting that the client longed for a place to display her china collection. “The finishes that we used are meant to age and patina over time, lending to the ‘lived in’ aesthetic while also being functional,” the designer adds. “Because of that, we also wanted the decor to have the same feel.”

Display antique prints

Family heirlooms can shine in the kitchen. Designer Shannon Eddings expertly incorporated beloved prints into this cooking space.

Photo: Molly Culver