7 Ingredients For A Well-Styled Kitchen

05/11/2015 10:55 am ET | Updated May 12, 2016

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In our opinion, the best kitchens are those that look like the homeowners actually cook! Whether your kitchen is dated, classic, modern, or trendy, styling adds much-appreciated warmth and personality. Nothing beats having friends and family gather in the kitchen to chat and eat, so make it inviting!

We have developed seven simple ingredients for a well-styled kitchen:

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1. Create groupings on your counters to avoid clutter everywhere. This can be achieved by corralling similar items and using trays.

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2. Incorporate jars and canisters for additional storage. We use these for everything from storing flour and sugar to making snacks more easily accessible.

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3. Use natural wood tones with cutting boards and bowls to add warmth and character. Whenever we see a good bread board, we pick it up! They look great layered and leaned against the backsplash.

4. Always put a crock for spoons by the stove -- it's practical and looks great too!

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5. Whether you have glass-front cabinets or open shelves, stack plates and line your glasses in rows.

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6. Add a rug by the sink. Antique rugs are our favorite look in the kitchen.

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7. Use fruit, potted plants and freshly cut flowers to add color and life.

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