To write a post on this topic was on my mind lately, and while I searched for photos to illustrate my thoughts, I found very helpful article on The Everygirl I just have to share. Hope they don’t mind me sharing it, because there’s nothing to add or subtract.
Some people prefer to hide away anything with a cord, but that’s not always an option for small-space dwellers. Often times kitchen counters end up hosting a bevy of electronic appliances, aligned and ready for battle, while simultaneously fighting for access to the one outlet on the wall. It’s not realistic to hide all of these items, especially when storage is limited. But there are ways to arrange your kitchen essentials, while making good use of the surface area you have.
When styling your kitchen countertops, keep in mind this list of items that actually look good out on display:
- plant life, particularly herbs for cooking
- a wood cutting board
- cooking oils near the stove
- fresh food like fruits or baked goods—nothing boxed. processed food is not pretty food
- dishware, especially on open shelving
- cookbooks or cooking magazines thoughtfully arranged
Another tip is to use your stovetop as storage. Tea kettles, colorful cookware, and stainless steel or copper pans all make great accents and will likely remind you to use them more frequently. And in a small space, remember, all surface areas should be considered fair game for storage. The top of the refrigerator, small appliances, and the wooden cutting board all provide flat, solid space on which you can store/display dishware, cookbooks, or any other products on our list of counter-worthy items.
Kate Webber Photography
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