I love your website and I've learned a few decorating tips. My bedroom looks so much better now that I've gotten rid of my husband's deadfish pillows. So now I am looking for pointers for my kitchen and family room. What kind of stools would you put by the island? What would you put above the kitchen cabinets? Any tips about adding fake plants that don't look cheesy? What would you put on the wall? In my kitchen I have skip trowel walls. Would you faux paint or is that too trendy? Also, what kind of window treatments would you put up? I want my kitchen to look great and I like it but it just needs something.
I wasn't able to copy your photos- if you could re-send them for me- saved as jpeg attachments- that would be great- I will add them to the post.
- Your barstools. You have wood floors, and wood cabinets. Don't add wood finish barstools- they will blend in. Your kitchen is in need of some contrast. I would use painted barstools- like those from Decorize in this post. Find barstools that will stand out in your sea of wood.
- Next- I will address the top of your cabinets. Scale. Scale. Scale. Check out the photos in this post for some ideas. Pay particular attention to the scale. When I see the tops of cabinets decorated poorly- most of the time it is simply because the decor is too small for the space. Scale. I like big pretty bowels, personally. I also love baskets. I like to be able to use the items for other purposes.
- No- I would not faux paint. To me it says- "I am trying to be Tuscan- but I really am not."
- Window treatments. Your pictures didn't show any windows- so it is a little hard for me to say- but from the rest of your kitchen- I would say to do a fabric treatment- like a Roman shade- that can bring in some color and pattern.
Greenery- the secret to fake greenery looking good is being willing to spend some money on the greenery. Super cheep ivy usually looks super cheep. Remember that it can be as much about the container as the gerrnery.
Vintage Collection - I did a collectionn of copper containers for the top of a client's kitchen cabinets and really liked it - it is one of my favorites.