How to Warm Up your Kitchen
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How to Warm Up your Kitchen

Kitchens are the center of the home, so we love to make them warm and bright!

There's nothing more inviting than a lived-in kitchen — at least to us! Homeowners that look like they know how to throw together a home-cooked meal never have a sterile, cold looking kitchen. It's always warm, friendly, and full of personality. We are passionate about this topic! We've given tips before in our webisode on kitchen styling and are back at it again with new products from McGee & Co.
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Add texture and color with a runner by your kitchen sink.
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Use kitchen towels to add a little pattern to your kitchen. We used our favorite extra large bowl to add a deep color on the island.
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You want the fill the counters without it looking stuff or overdone. We prefer to use functional items as decor and place them where they are easy to access.
Kitchen Styling
Kitchen Styling
We often put a fresh plant next to our sink. In this kitchen, we decided to switch things up and use the plant and a bowl as bookends for cook books!
Kitchen Styling
Kitchen Styling
A crock next to the stove is a must. The texture of this hand-made crock with a dipped glaze is gorgeous!
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In almost every install, we use our hand-crafted beechwood spoons. They have cute details and always come in handy!
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These leather barstools are wildly popular for a reason (seriously, like at least one client a week requests them) — leather adds a lot of warmth, texture, and all the good things for making a space feel inviting!
Kitchen Styling
Kitchen Styling
We fill our canisters with ingredients that we use regularly. It does double duty as a pretty display, plus it makes them easy to access!
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Cake stands add levels and make a beautiful display!
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Kitchen Styling
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Kitchen Styling
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Studio McGee
  1. Studio McGee,

    Fabulous work… We are currently in a kitchen remodel process and I am so enthusiastic about your chrome kitchen faucet along with your chrome cabinet hardware (I was nervous I couldn’t do that with my stainless steel appliances!). I read in one of your other articles about placement of hardware pulls (to use two pulls for cabinet drawers over 24”, knobs for uppers, etc). Where did you get this hardware and was there a reason you went with one drawer pull over two for all of your larger drawer cabinets? Looks great! Thank you for any advice!! I am ordering hardware and I guess I like "rules of thumb" …haha 🙂

  2. I stumbled across your blog recently and can I just tell you how grateful I am that I did? It’s honestly the most useful and directly applicable design info I’ve come across in one place. I would be so grateful for any advice you’d give on warming up a kitchen with espresso floors, high ceilings and not much light–what you’ve shown here has such nice warm floors and good natural light or so it appears. Our new home is currently painted "agreeable gray" which I don’t find very agreeable at all, especially given the conditions I mentioned above; paired with that and the white cabinets it’s positively arctic.

  3. Beautiful as usual. I know the color to move on to these days is green but I am still loving the blue and would love to
    consider this blue for my kitchen island. Can you share the name?

    thanks much

    1. Thank you Alysa! Sorry for our late response, but we didn’t do the paint color here so we’re not sure. Our best guess is Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. Thanks for reading!

  4. Just stumbled upon your blog and website. Lovely! Would you share the name of the blue island paint colour? I am painting my century-cottage kitchen in rural Quebec (Canada) to tie us over until we can renovate in a year or so. Have decided on Simply White for the few uppers and walls (carrying this through from the rest of the ground floor) but have been searching for the perfect blue for the bottom cabinets. Will be back often to keep up with your gorgeous designs!

    1. We didn’t do the paint color here, but our best guess would be Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Good luck with your new kitchen!

  5. I totally love the leather stools but worry about the upkeep with little kids. Will all their greasy fingerprints and spills completely ruin these or do they wipe up well?

  6. Hi Studio Mcgee, Thanks for a great post! I’m going to be going to the styling phase of my kitchen and I’m wondering if you have had any problems with putting the pizza boards/cutting boards behind the range? I think I would be putting them right where the ventilation is coming out from the stove. Thanks for your help!

  7. Studio McGee… love following you all! Amazing work. Do you think bronze handle pulls would look ok on this navy island. Currently building and want bronze cabinet pulls but will have to use same color on island. Just trying to visualize! Also, is your counterops granite? Looking for something very similar to use with our navy island and white cabinets.

  8. I’ve been working on re-styling my kitchen after seeing this post! Just stocked up during your sale. I noticed you don’t have anything displayed in the glass cabinets? Would love to see what you recommend for usage/styling glass cabinets!

  9. Hey there! This kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Can you please tell us what flooring is installed here? The maker and color? Thank you!

  10. Where are the bar stools on this post from? And do you know if they are sealed leather. Wondering if I’d have to worry about my kids with them. Thank you!

  11. The wall color is what I have been searching for – I’ve read in the comments you didn’t do paint but I’m hoping you know? We’re starting our kitchen reno in a couple weeks and this is one of my last decisions.

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