14 Charming Kitchen Accessories

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An organised kitchen makes meal time prep and clean up a breeze.  While keeping a kitchen clean and organised can be quite a bit easier if you keep your counters mostly clear, there are many ways to add charm to a kitchen without overly cluttering it.   

I personally think every kitchen feels more welcoming if there are at least a few
attractive and even functional accessories to show off the personality of the cook.  I share lots of ideas for decorating kitchens on The Inspired Room blog. I'm currently remodelling my own kitchen, so I definitely have kitchen ideas on the brain!

Here are fourteen charming kitchen accessories to give your space more style!

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A blackboard

Add a blackboard for a menu, daily reminders, a positive greeting, quotes, doodles, or a shopping list.

Or skip the board and just paint a door or the inside of a cabinet with blackboard paint!
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A rug or runner

Kitchens have so many hard surfaces that to quiet the space and offer an opportunity for colour or pattern, you might try adding a rug. I love to use indoor/outdoor rugs for easier cleaning!
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Lighting

Upgrade plain or builder-grade kitchen lighting (pendants or sconces) with something that has a little more pizazz and personality.  If you have enough space, you can also add a table lamp to a counter or small table.
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Chopping boards

Wood chopping boards can provide a layer of warmth for your kitchen. Leave them out on a counter or wall shelf, but save space by leaning them against the wall/backsplash. You can mix up your colours or materials (wood, marble, colourful), or try a fun shape like this pineapple chopping board!
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Aprons

Display a few aprons on hooks for easy access and to add colour and pattern in a functional way.
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Patterned kitchen towel

Freshen up your dish towels. Choose a fun pattern or colour that complements your kitchen, or punch up the style with an accent colour you love.
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Soap dispenser

Why use an ugly plastic dish soap dispenser when you can use a refillable container made of stylish metal, glass, or ceramic? Or select a soap that comes in pretty packaging to complement your kitchen, like Mrs. Meyers, Caldrea, or Method.
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Window treatments

Window shades can add personality and softness to a room, as well as cut out any blinding light from the sun at certain times of the day. Check out the wide variety of options for a kitchen, including a roman shade, bamboo shades, blinds, shutters, or even curtains in a breakfast nook. You can also use fabric to fashion your own DIY roll up                                                                                                                           shade!
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Pot rack

Pot racks add both personality and function to a kitchen. You might find them to be very useful in a small kitchen that is lacking in cabinet space. Pot racks come in all sizes and styles, including ceiling and wall-mounted varieties to suit all sizes of kitchens.
How cute are these jars by Rae Dunn?
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Canisters

Canisters can be used for baking supplies, bulk grains, coffee, tea, etc.  
You can line them up on a shelf to store your coffee beans or tea in style!  
Think about other functional items in your kitchen that could be updated to add more personality, such as a coffee maker, french press, teapot etc. Even practical items can be a stylish part of                                                                                                                             your decor!
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Dishes on display

If you have room for an open shelf, display some of your favourite dishes or use plate hangers to use them as art on a wall. 
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Artwork

Don't forget art in the kitchen! Even if you don't have a lot of wall space you could lean one small framed piece of art inside an open cabinet, on a counter leaning against the back wall or on a shelf. 
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Cookbooks

Cookbooks are not only useful for cooking in a kitchen, but attractive covers can add a lot of charm. See a list of my favorite cookbooks here, and my favorite cookbooks for kids here.
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Plants and flowers

Add a pretty vase with flowers or greenery from the yard, or a small potted plant to bring a little greenery and life to your kitchen.
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