Using oak and wood cabinetry has always been a popular choice for builders and home renovators. Current trends have them painted white a lot of the time. However, completely updating your cabinets can be a major investment. Oak is a beautiful hard wood choice, so sometimes all it takes is a little style and decor for you to re-fall in love with your wood cabinets. Depending on the area you are updating or decorating, your choices will be determined by what you want to place within the cabinets.
For instance, when styling office cabinets, a mix of books, various small and large accent pieces, lamps and natural elements such as plants are the perfect items to use.
Within kitchen cabinets, decorative plates, tea towels or decorative appliances complement the look of your kitchen space. Kitchen islands are best kept a little simpler and clutter free, with only a couple touches of natural elements such as plants.
When decorating your wood cabinets, here are a few tips and tricks to use when styling:
1. All shapes & sizes
When styling your wood cabinets, keep it simple. Don’t overdo it and use all shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to go big and small. Every now and then take a step back and make sure that the decor has a nice balance, but not too balanced. If you have a large and small object on the right bottom shelf, try off-setting the cabinetry with one medium to large size on the opposite side.
Mix it up and place your books both vertical and horizontal. This is a simple way to add interest and balance to your shelving. Place a few vertical on one side of the shelves up against the edge, and a couple horizontal right in the middle of another shelf. It’s also fun to stack a beautiful piece of decor on a few of the books lying down. You can find a variety of beautiful coffee table books in all different colours to go with your style.
Accessorising with natural elements such as plants and wood vases is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in. And yes, artificial plants are just as good (if not better) because of their low maintenance.
Consider some beautiful artwork to prop on the shelves. Large or small, incorporate both sizes. Just don’t go overboard. I usually like to stick to one bold strong piece to draw people’s attention immediately.
Don’t forget to style your space with the things you love! Do you like hunting? Motorcycles? Or do you have a favourite author? Your space is a reflection of your style and it's fun to tell stories and share with your guests why you chose the pieces you did. Don’t lose your personalised touch by trying to over style based on others' advice.
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