Decorating Modest Kitchens: Ideas & Inspiraton

Minimal clutter and the utmost functionality, modest kitchens are all about spacious counter tops and clean looks. Whether it’s a smaller nook or a grander space, modest kitchens may not have a bunch of accessories or bold colors but they know how to utilize the area they’ve been given. Let’s take a look at some real life versions and grab some ideas and inspirations for removing the chaos and emphasizing the space in your own cooking abode.

Obviously, using neutral colors is essential. Lighter tones on the walls and cabinets will give the illusion of more space, including height and width. So, the smaller the space, the lighter the colors you should use. Try white-washed cabinets, or crisp white walls with a couple chocolate brown and green accessories, like kitchen utensils or fresh flowers on the windowsill.

Stainless steel appliances can be easily incorporated into a modestly designed kitchen. They’re clean and sleek giving the space a sharp, fresh look. Plus, they blend well with any neutral and give the room a richer appeal. And, when your stove, dishwasher and fridge are all this chic you don’t need anything extra to make the kitchen look good.

Even if you do want that modest and simple style, that doesn’t mean you have to give up colors completely. For a smaller kitchen, in all white, add just a few tidbits of black for accents and outlines and then add two or three pops of red for a refreshing, modern style. A bit of stainless steel will also add an extra, contemporary touch.

Of course, the biggest design element in a modestly styled kitchen could be a sleek backsplash. With minimal accessories and clutter clean-up, a mint green tile or a rustic wooden slab could be the focal point of the entire room, without going overboard with a fashiony feel. That same idea goes for the carpets. Clean up all the mess on the counter tops. Put away the extra pots and pans, cookbooks and glasses. Then, add some fun and playfully decorated rugs and runners to the floors. Everything is cleared overhead but there’s still a bit of modest styling involved.

Remember, it’s quite easy to create a cold and uninviting room when decorating for a modest mind. Keep in mind that using neutral, cool tones will create a serenity to the space. Which, is still comfortable and welcoming for guests and your family. Besides, it keeps things a little bit prettier than harsh browns and tans.

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Published by in Kitchen, on January 27th, 2013


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