Unexpected Kitchen Styling Tricks
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Unexpected Kitchen Styling Tricks

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We’re all about experimenting with styling in the kitchen and creating little moments that catch the eye.

Although we love the typical styling vignettes and pieces you might find in a kitchen: see oversized branches, a crock with wooden kitchen tools, pretty displayed cutting boards; lately, we’re favoring the unexpected.

As designs increasingly become open-concept, with the kitchen at the epicenter, each space flows into each other and needs to work together to tell a cohesive story. In our opinion, the “rules” of kitchen styling are a thing of the past, and incorporating elements to soften its look and feel doesn’t have to involve a complete remodel.

Here are a few unexpected kitchen styling tricks to try in your own space:

No. 1: Lamps in the kitchen 

Big or small, lamps can go a long way in creating a cozy and ambient feeling in your kitchen space. Since lamps are unexpected in a kitchen setting, we like to lean into it and use a unique shape or size to bring a playful feeling to the look.

If you have minimal counter space, a small round lamp base can look great when stacked on a few books for added height. Placing other “kitchen-like” items like cookbooks or a utensil crock can help round it out and pull everything together.

From our McGee & Co. 2021 Spring Collection

Table lamps for the kitchen

Create a cozy and ambient feeling in your kitchen space.
More kitchen-worthy lamps
Eloise Table Lamp
Tess Ceramic Table Lamp
Anza Table Lamp
Piccolo Table Lamp
Veneto Table Lamp
Lebes Table Lamp
Masie Table Lamp

No. 2: Artwork in the kitchen 

We love styling artwork in the kitchen and how much personality and character it can bring to any countertop. Typically, we lean towards vintage-inspired landscape or food paintings that soften utilitarian spaces, but don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it to work within your style!

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Spring Collection

Vintage-inspired artwork

Soften the angular lines of your kitchen appliances with swoon-worthy artwork.
Explore all artwork 
Manderine Still Life
Villerville Beach
Vintage Watermelon Painting
Citrus Display
Vintage Fruit Painting
Afternoon Tea

No. 3: Books in the kitchen 

Books might seem like a slightly more obvious kitchen-decor item, but we’re here to argue that you don’t need to tuck them away in your cupboard! Try stacking them vertically or horizontally under bowls, alone, or in shelving for more dimension.

From our McGee & Co. 2020 Summer Catalogue

Coffee-table books we love

Stack them on the countertop or in built-ins for added personality.
Shop all coffee table books
Sunday Suppers
From The Land
Cy Twombly: Making Past Present
Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors
Pacific Natural
Sailing the Seas

No. 4: Add a runner 

Being afraid of a rug in the kitchen is valid, but the softness and warmth they add makes finding one that can bring form and function worthwhile. We love incorporating spill-resisting indoor/ outdoor rugs for durability in kitchen spaces or even vintage rugs that welcome a bit of wear and tear.

From our McGee & Co. 2021 Winter Catalogue

Kitchen-proof runners

Warm up your kitchen with form & function.
Runners we love
Moxie Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Vintage Rug No. 150
Reva Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Vintage Rug No. 211
Callahan Rug
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