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Kitchen/Dining area I designed for one of my clients
The Kitchen is where we come together, talk about our day, catch up with the news, chat about everything and nothing, and entertain our friends.
This is why it’s important to make the kitchen a place where everyone wants to spend time. However, I often find that kitchen design today is sometimes sterile and can lack atmosphere.
But it’s easier than you think to decorate your kitchen by adding some of your own personality for not much money, time or effort. With a little imagination you can give the heart of your home a real design boost.
Here are some of my favourite kitchen decorating ideas…
My tip – Keep a folder of postcards, places, theatre programmes, autographs, newspaper cuttings… You can use them to keep updating your collages, and also to refresh your memory.
There is no need to buy expensive frames. Most department stores have ranges of assorted frames in colours and sizes for around £20. You can either use identical ones and hang them symmetrically– make sure you have even numbers, or make an assemblage of different frames in shapes and sizes.
When I was a child I loved making collages and I still make them today. I use photographs of family and friends or postcards of places I have enjoyed visiting.
Depending on your interests it could be celebrities, sports personalities, fashion icons, cartoon characters etc…
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I designed this dining room for one of my clients
My Great Grandparents wedding menu. 19 courses!
Restaurant menus are often very attractive. In the past, famous artists like Picasso and David Hockney, designed some of them. It’s a great way to decorate a kitchen wall or a dining area. It also serves as a talking point over supper.
Posters are the obvious choice, depending on your interests, they can be famous paintings, travels, films, musicians, sporting events…
My tip – Start looking for original posters. They are much more expensive than copies, of course, but it could be the start of a valuable collection. Pullman Editions (www.pullmaneditions.com) has a good selection of limited editions.
One of my passions is scouring bric-a-brac shops, brocantes and car boot sales. A collection of mismatched plates, dishes, jugs, colourful glasses, sweet jars, old kitchen utensils… placed on shelves they give warmth to a room.
My Tip – I would use the same style of jars, but there are no rules. You decide depending on what you are going to fill them with. As for bottles, I would pick two or three shapes, in the same or different colours.
Baskets make a great display on shelves filled with fresh herbs. They also add fragrance to the room, and are useful for picnics.
Photo by Grant Sainsbury
available at John Lewis
From mixing bowls to chopping boards to knives etc, coloured accessories are at the cutting edge of fashion right now. Instead of hiding in drawers, they make a decorative display. John Lewis has a good selection in zingy colours.