When you live in a small space, kitchen carts can be invaluable in adding counter space and storing kitchen supplies while adding some style to your kitchen. Unfortunately, they can just as easily become a “catch all”, a convenient storage solution for all the random kitchen items that don’t have a home.
Or maybe that was just the case with mine:
Yikes! Clearly, the kitchen is the most convenient place for a printer…
Styling a kitchen cart can go a long way in adding style and function to your small space. Here’s what I did to de-clutter and restyle my kitchen cart.
1. Start with a clean slate
Take everything off. To see the cart’s full potential, you have to strip it of all the clutter and see it for what it is. Notice the color, the style, the metal.
2. Choose which items to display on your kitchen cart
Think about items you have in your kitchen that would complement the cart’s color and style. For example, my cart has a wood surface on a steel frame. I chose to keep the accessories consistent, keeping with the wooden and silver finishes.
In addition to color, think about function. Which items would be helpful to have within easy reach? When I started on my kitchen cart styling mission, I realized that most of my “pretty” servingware or cookware was hidden in the back of a cabinet, coming out only for special occasions. By placing them on the kitchen cart, I now reach for them more often. And even when I don’t, they still serve their purpose of prettifying my space.
3. Arrange items in a way that is both stylish and functional
The way you arrange your items is just as important as which items to pick. First, you want to choose enough pieces to fill out the cart but not clutter it.
Once you have a good number of items, start by laying flatter items on the shelves, layering similar sized pieces as you go. For example, you can layer cutting boards on one shelf or place a large shallow platter on another shelf.
Then, start layering taller items on top — a decorative bowl on top of a cutting board, a colorful casserole dish on top of a flatter platter (hey I’m rhyming!). Fill in empty spaces with smaller items or decorative accents.
Don’t forget the top! The top of a kitchen cart is a great place to put items that you want in easy reach. My napkin holder happened to be a combination of wood and silver (score!) so it fit right into the cart’s color scheme while also being very functional.
4. Add some art
You can never go wrong with adding art. If your cart is already colorful enough, a darker piece or a black frame will help ground the design. If your cart is lacking color, this is your chance to bring in a colorful piece that will brighten up the space. I felt like mine was a bit monotone so a colorful print helped happify the kitchen cart nook.
I now have a kitchen cart that is both functional and stylish! My cooking utensils are within easy reach but off the counter space which is valuable and in high demand. Before, the blender and the Crock Pot barely got any use because it was such a hassle to dig them out of the cabinets. On the one hand I didn’t use them often enough to take up priceless counter space, on the other, having them tucked away in the depths of my cabinets pretty much ensured that I would never use them!
Do you have a stylish kitchen cart that you’d like to share? If so, pin it to The Elegant Earthling’s Pinterest Board!