Liven Up Your Kitchen!

Whether your kitchen is decidedly on-trend, classic or just in need of one perfect detail, here are some inspired ideas for how to make your kitchen pop.

DIY a herb drying rack
Nothing gives your kitchen the look of a charming European kitchen more than a rack for dried herbs, and nothing will give your cooking more impact than this decorating tip. This will add an element of interest to your kitchen plus wonderful aromas from the herbs.

Create a work station with chalkboards
In the kitchen, this nook is the perfect place to fire off a quick email and organise the day's events. Two chalkboard panels on the cabinet doors make reminders, calendar items and more fun and easily accessible.

Embrace colour
Combine your love of a vibrant yet soothing colour and design elements in your kitchen in an impressive backsplash. Stroll into this dreamy chef kitchen and the gorgeous blue hue with vintage plates lined on top immediately catch your eye. Up the style quotient of this space by adding bistro stools in a matching or contrasting shade.

Try copper
Get a copper sink; the white marble counter atop a white wood base will highlight the gorgeous hammered dark copper sink. Pair it with bronze cabinet pulls and faucet to harmonise with the copper and add dimension to your island. If you want to keep the remodel inexpensive, try a gooseneck copper kitchen faucet which is less expensive than a copper sink but still has plenty of visual impact.

Add a bookshelf
Whether it's built into a kitchen island, a standalone bookshelf or a built-in feature of your cabinetry, nothing is as handy in a kitchen as a bookshelf. It's the ideal location, obviously, to keep your cookbooks in easy reach. But it can also be the perfect place to house a collection of magazines or movies.

Use a rug
Want a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a new design element to your kitchen? Add a runner or a rug. Adding one in a rich colour or print is a lovely way to bring warmth and a little extra elegance to an otherwise all-white, dull kitchen.