FEATURE 19 September 2012

Easy Home Decorating Tips - Kitchen

1. Consider glass-front cabinets. They provide great incentives for forcing you — and your family — to be organized. Any clutter or dishware put back in the wrong place will be visible. Try storing everyday dinnerware above the work surface, while hiding the clutter of pots and pans behind closed doors.

2. "Create your own kitchen island. Buy one of those stainless-steel wire mesh trolleys by Metro shelving and get a big slab of stone, or butcher block to put on top." —Birch Coffey

3. "Find attractive containers for all those items on the kitchen counter. I'm thinking white modern canisters for flour, sugar, pasta, with a matching tray for oils and vinegars." —Penny Drue Baird

4. Double everyday items as stylish storage. Bread baskets, water pitchers, and large mixing bowls are just some of the functional kitchen objects that can serve as convenient containers when not in use.

5. "Change out all your kitchen cabinetry hardware. I like the old-fashioned colored glass knobs at crowncityhardware.com or restorationhardware.com." —Kerry Joyce

6. Choose colorful appliances. "Buy a cherry red mixer from Williams-Sonoma and bake a cake. It's a very 1950s fantasy. Even if you never bake, it would cheer up your kitchen." —Stephen Shubel

7. Hang pots and pans. Hanging hardware is amazingly stylish and adaptable and allows you to efficiently store frequently used equipment and supplies right where they'll be used. Get more kitchen design ideas.

8. Use a hutch. It not only provides a hallmark centerpiece for a country kitchen, it also offers abundant exposed shelving to show off an assortment of plates, glasses, cups, and crockery. See more photos of designer kitchens.

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