The use of oils, fats, and potentially staining sauces in the kitchen make this one of the most hard-used rooms in any house. No matter how well you clean after each cooking bout, it’s therefore inevitable that kitchen decor deteriorates at a faster rate than anywhere else in the home.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a solution for kitchen decor that looks great forevermore, and experts state that you should aim to redecorate here at least every 10-15 years even if things go well. However, to ensure your kitchen can make it to that 10-year mark, you’ll want to make sure of the following when you redecorate it this time around.
Choose dark colours
Colour choice is perhaps the most crucial element of long-lasting decor for kitchens, and dark colours tend to be best. Sure, a white kitchen looks sleek and stylish when it’s first finished, but ongoing exposure to food spills, cooking smoke, and condensation can quickly make whites and creams appear yellow and worn. By comparison, dark colours including black, navy, and even teal are all far more likely to hide the increased ageing that kitchens are so susceptible to, meaning that your kitchen will be guest-ready, and perfectly finished, for at least five more years than a light alternative might.
Textiles are becoming increasingly popular throughout the home, and the kitchen is no exception, with cottagecore styles, in particular, promoting pleated kitchen curtains and even fabric cupboard coverings. Unfortunately, even if you wash them weekly, stains like tomato and oil are impossible to remove from textiles like these, and will inevitably leave them looking old, worn, and less than ideal in the kitchen.
While it might not look as ‘cute’, sticking with hard cupboard doors will certainly see your kitchen looking good for longer. Replacing frilly kitchen curtains with a more out-of-the-way option like Roman blinds can also keep your kitchen windows looking better for longer. Equally, try to keep things like bench cushions and chair coverings either out of the way or out of the kitchen wherever possible.
Integrate your storage
No kitchen can look its best if your spice bottles are spilling out all over the side, which is why you should also seek integrated storage that can expand with your kitchen supplies over time. Something like an integrated pantry, as well as pull-down storage and pull-out units can all help you to easily keep your kitchen organised, in working order, and looking its best despite how often you use it. You’ll simply be able to put every ingredient back in its place once you’re finished, as opposed to cramming it into a cupboard that has no room, and that will inevitably see your kitchen design looking scruffy if you don’t take care.
It’s unlikely that kitchen decor can last indefinitely, but taking these steps to keep your decor looking its best can go a long way towards preserving the most well-used kitchen for as many meals, get-togethers, and gentle cooking days as you’d like.37