3 Steps to Creating a Fun and Functional American Kitchen

How would you like to feel when you step into your kitchen in the morning? Would you like it to be bright, warm and cheerful with clean, bold colors to jump-start your day and enough storage for all your serving pieces? This All-American kitchen achieves all those things—and more. Here’s how you can recreate this romantic kitchen’s style at home.

Romantic American Kitchen
American style marries fun and functional, creating a usable, organized living space that is pleasing to the eye.

Keep it Cute. When it comes to designing a kitchen, it all starts with storage. Collectible, colorful vintage-style pieces such as bowls, mugs, jars, canisters, dishes and even a few glass hens for serving butter or soup are too pretty to hide behind cabinet doors. Display them on open shelves for everyone to enjoy. Not only do they look cheerful and create a vintage style, but they are practical for everyday use.

Keep it Usable. Another important factor in an effective kitchen design is accessibility. While it may look effortless, a lot of thought went into organizing this kitchen. Shelves extend up to the ceiling to make the most of the vertical wall space—an important consideration especially for a small kitchen. Frequently used items are placed within arms’ reach, and coffee mugs hang on under-cabinet hooks so they don’t take up valuable space on shelves.

Keep it Clean. Due to the sheer volume of appliances, serving pieces and accessories, a kitchen can be prone to looking cluttered. To avoid the clutter trap, keep items on countertops to the minimum and keep your color palette to three basic and bright colors. While you may be busy while you’re in the kitchen, the room doesn’t need to look that way!

Like this style? Check out our sister magazine, American Farmhouse Style!

By Meryl Schoenbaum

Photography by Jaimee Itagaki


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