How To Decorate Kitchen Counters [14 Actionable Ideas]

Without a doubt, the kitchen is one of the most common places in the house to gather. As such, it's critical that the space is up to snuff in terms of decorative appeal. Luckily, kitchens generally have plenty of space for decorations by default —the counter. But you still might be wondering how exactly to decorate your kitchen counters. Lucky for you, we have the answer.

Kitchen counter decorated with hexagon shaped tiles with properly placed kitchen utensils, How To Decorate Kitchen Counters [14 Actionable Ideas]

Here's a comprehensive list of items you should consider putting on your kitchen counters to visually transform the space:

  • Wooden cutting boards and utensils
  • Potted flowers
  • Color-coordinated appliances
  • Pretty enamelware
  • Clean and simple decorative items
  • A vase of cut flowers
  • A bowl of fresh fruit
  • Decorative and useful tea set
  • Seasonal decorative items
  • Cookie jar
  • Paper towel holder
  • Jars or canisters
  • Daily-use appliances
  • Fresh herbs

Do you still have some more questions? Don't worry, this post aims to show you some simple ways to decorate this space. Continue reading to see photo inspiration and amazing products!

1. Wooden Cutting Boards And Utensils

Kitchen utensils standing on wooden countertop

Wood naturally brings warmth to any area. Using wooden cutting boards and utensils adds organic texture and color. No matter what style of kitchen you have, they'll fit right in.

Layer different shaped cutting boards for an aesthetically pleasing presentation. Keep your wooden utensils out of the kitchen drawers and leave them on display in a container. This will also help give you more storage space in the drawers for items that are a bit unsightly.

Acacia Cutting Board

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Teakwood Cooking Utensils

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2. Potted Flowers

Interior of a modern kitchen with gray stone countertop, luxury washbasin, fruit orange, flower on a pot, bottles of red wine and champagne

Potted flowers, whether real or faux, give additional color to the kitchen. If they're live plants, they'll give off a fresh, scented aroma. Maybe you'll decide to give your kitchen a "signature smell" and consistently have that one type of plant in the room. Use one or multiple plants on your counter, depending on the look you wish to create.

Faux Potted Plants

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3. Color-Coordinated Appliances

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Color-coordinated appliances show the special care that went into the design of the kitchen. Having color-coordinated appliances fosters a cohesive look in the space. Base your accent colors on the color of your appliances. Accent colors have the power to stand out even more amidst the color-coordinating appliances.

Read more: List Of Basic Kitchen Appliances

4. Pretty Enamelware

Beautiful wooden house kitchen interior enamelware and kitchen utensils

Colored enamelware is an incredible way to incorporate color into your kitchen design and style. With the nearly endless color options, you're sure to find one that fits your vision. You'll find tons of kitchen pieces made out of enamel. Fill your kitchen shelves with it or just use a few staple pieces.

Ancient civilizations pioneered the use of this material; it has certainly come a long way in terms of use, durability, and aesthetics.

Don't be afraid to use this unique kitchenware. Enamelware is very durable, making it suitable for use on all cookers, and it's dishwasher-safe.

5-Quart Colander

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Agate Water Pitcher Or Vase

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5. Clean And Simple

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Sometimes clean and simple is the best look. When there's no clutter and items are carefully displayed or concealed, the space will appear larger. It can be full without being cluttered. If items are left out, make sure that it enriches the style.

Kitchen organization is key to having a clean and simple space. The kitchen utensil hanging rack keeps things off the counter and readily available. The rattan utensil holder allows the same thing.

Kitchen Organization Rack

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6. A Vase Of Cut Flowers

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Bouquets undeniably spruce up any room where they're situated. The blooms and vase form a colorful, texture-rich combination that won't go unnoticed. Change out the blooms every once in a while. Rotate the types, colors, and sizes of vases that you use. Doing these two things brings refreshing life to the kitchen.

12-Inch Crystal Vase

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Geometric Silicone Flower Vases

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7. A Bowl Of Fruit

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What better way to have easy access to fruit than by having it readily available on your kitchen countertop? Use a stylish bowl that enhances the aesthetic of the kitchen. Changing out the fruit is an easy way to add rotational color to the counter.

As this photo shows, the wooden fruit bowl creates cohesion with the other wooden elements in the kitchen design. Natural wood is the perfect contrast to bright colors like the fun, retro yellow fridge. Wood is known to be able to soften a space.

Medium Wooden Bowl

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8. Decorative And Useful Tea Set

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Bring a touch of sophistication to your kitchen countertops with the addition of a classy, elegant tea set. Whether it's a family heirloom, a vintage market find, or a newly store-bought item, a tea set is an excellent kitchen accessory. Get both practical use and a unique aesthetic out of it.

Whether you serve your guests some tea with the set or only ever keep it on your counters, your kitchen will be better for it.

Porcelain Tea Set

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9. Seasonal Decorative Items

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As the seasons come and go, so can your decorations. Using seasonal decorations throughout the year is an excellent way to cycle in new decor. And, it's a much cheaper way to change things up compared to other options, like a kitchen renovation project.

As you decorate for the changing seasons, it helps you settle into the upcoming holiday and time of year. It also allows you to experiment with colors and styles that you normally may not use. This way you don't have to fully commit to a new color scheme.

LED Maple Leaf Garland

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Fall Ceramic Plate

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10. Cookie Jar And Paper Towel Holder

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Small accents like cookie jars and paper towel holders can go a long way in the kitchen's overall style. Those two items alone can promote the look you want to create. Lucky for you, you can find these items in a variety of styles.

Don't underestimate the power of a decorative cookie jar! All kinds of shapes, patterns, sizes, and colors exist. The same thing goes for paper towel holders.

Stoneware Chicken Cookie Jar

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Wooden Paper Towel Holder

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11. Jars Or Canisters

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The contents in jars and canisters serve as excellent pops of color and texture. Keeping jars and canisters stocked with common cooking essentials makes them readily available for use. If you can keep your essentials out all the time and contribute to the kitchen aesthetic at the same time, why not?

Jars and canisters are most commonly seen as clear glass or plastic, but you can also find them in unique colors and patterns. Pick whichever style best fits your design aesthetic.

Glass Jars With Bamboo Lids

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Small Glass Storage Jars

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12. Daily-Use Appliances

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Daily-use appliances don't have to be hidden away. If you're going to be using them frequently, leave them out on your countertops! If you're planning on doing this, try going for stylish appliances that won't look like eyesores in the kitchen.

Situate the appliances with convenience and organization in mind. Make sure your "rarely use" appliances are kept off the counter to reserve the coveted space for the essentials.

Retro Toaster

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Cuisinart Single-Serve Coffeemaker

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13. Fresh Herbs

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Have you ever found yourself cooking in the kitchen when you remember that you need to throw in a pinch of fresh herbs to the food being prepared? Placing potted fresh herbs on the countertop is the perfect solution. You won't have to scrounge around through the fridge or walk outside to the garden to get your herbs. They'll be sitting on the countertop ready for use.

Galvanized Herb Planter Pots

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Before you go, make sure to check out these other great kitchen guides -

How To Decorate A Kitchen Island The Right Way

How To Decorate Your Kitchen Walls [5 Practical Tips!]

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