I’ve never been one of those people that feels ‘at home’ in the kitchen. No pretending here, I can’t cook very well, haven’t baked in years and once used my oven to store sweaters back when I had no closet space in my first NYC shoebox apartment. The best you’ll get out of me these days is some vegetable roasting [because it’s basically fool proof] and some eggs [which was a step up from the days I used to cook them in the microwave]. I owe most of my home cooked meals to Eric. Without him, well, I’d still be trying to think of what I want for dinner!
All this to say, the kitchen usually is my most stressful room. With two kids and two adults always on the move, the dishes pile up so fast and after trying to make Parker dinner [that she insists on helping with], puree some foods for Sidney Sloane and then whip something up for myself… it’s utter chaos all over the counters. And if there’s one thing I can’t handle, it’s cluttered countertops.
Recently I partnered with method to bring this plan of calm and simplicity to my very own kitchen along with some of their spring limited edition collection soaps. There’s enough clutter in other areas of our home with kids toys, shoes and mail that I just need one sane and minimal space that I can count on to be clean and tidy. I really want it to feel like a sanctuary that *may* inspire me to cook and not make me want to flee the area in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of manner.
The idea of creating a zen space was really appealing because it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to own zero items in your kitchen and aren’t allowed a dish towel in sight. An empty kitchen would be quite sad. It translates more as giving everything a proper home and place to live and visually aligning things. Full disclosure, our kitchen is currently undergoing renovations, so this was a bit easier to implement!
Keep colors neutral: This helps everything feel more streamlined and not too loud. Maybe a louder dish towel or something, but overall, keep it neutral.
Calm drawer handles/knobs: Currently, we don’t have any. I’ve been on the hunt and haven’t felt rushed frankly because the sleek look of no hardware is also appealing.
Equal distribution: Don’t heavily populate countertop items such as toasters, coffee makers and knife sets to one corner. Create balance by dispersing them in appropriate places.
Plants and flowers: I absolutely love fresh flowers and little potted plants in the kitchen. Give them all to me!
Mix finishes, not patterns when decorating: Marble, gold, matte black, stainless steel can all live cohesively. If you’re craving a statement, go with a bolder rug or piece of art! When one loud pattern meets another loud pattern, things get a little crazy.
Those are some of my tips for creating your zen kitchen space! I'm sure ours will continue to get hectic as renovations finish and the battle against clutter and mess is never-ending, but it's great to have some basics in place that will help keep things at least appearing cleaner than they may actually be!
*This post is in partnership with method home, a brand we regularly use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this little blog and my family*