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How to style your small kitchen counter for an everyday clean aesthetic

Your kitchen counter is both a decorative space, and strategic storage. The trick is striking the right balance

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By House & Garden South Africa | August 26, 2023 | Interiors

Your kitchen counter is not only for cooking and ingredient prep, it’s a unique space decor and strategic storage. The key to kitchen counter styling is to keep it simple and efficient. Your kitchen offers a space for charm and character through your favourite flavours, colours, and ingredients. Whether big or small, here are three ways to keep your kitchen counter stylish and neat.

Incorporate daily essentials

There is a fine balance between decorating your kitchen counter and cluttering your kitchen counter. To strike that balance, swap out typical cooking oils and salt and peper bottles for more decorative versions you can decant into. Styling these with other kitchen equipment you use daily like cutting boards — which are great for covering plugs — and mixing tools create a holistic station for all your cooking essentials.

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Accessorise with natural wood and herbs

Your kitchen is one of the best places in the house to grow your fresh herbs, especially if there is a lot of natural sunlight. Fresh herbs don’t take up a lot of space on your kitchen counter and they provide a fresh pop of colour.

If you style your fresh herbs with plants and cutting boards in a single area, you bring the outside in, for a natural touch to the kitchen.

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Show off your favourite cookbooks!

Cookbooks are a great tool to introduce small pops of colour and height to counters and shelves. The corners of your kitchen counter is a great natural book-end that will keep your books standing up straight. Stacking cookbooks at different levels can give your counter more height or double as separators between plates, spices, or oils. Plus, using a cookbook stand is a great way to show off your favourite cuisines, chefs, or dishes before any cooking!