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Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
House & Home by Allison Willson

Even if you have the most humble of kitchens, you can incorporate a variety of special details to turn it into a space you’ll love. Whether you add just a few or even all of these featured kitchen ideas, each one can contribute something unique to any kitchen remodel.

There are so many ways to bring style and personality to a kitchen. No wonder each post in this kitchen remodel series has been so fun for me! It might have to be the series that will never end! :) Kitchen ideas forever!

Today in our Best of the Best series, here are eight elements for a showstopping kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
House Beautiful

1. Patterns
accent rugs
unique backsplash
patterned or shaped tile
shades or curtains

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsBungalow Magazine / Photo by Jared Tseng

2. Statement Lighting

Oversized (but appropriately scaled) pendants
Stylish sconces
Under cabinet lighting

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsSouthern Living

3. Metal accents

metal barstools
pots and pans on display
a vintage fan or accessories

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
Design Sponge

4. Wood accents
cutting boards
light fixture with wood beads
woven baskets
trim pieces

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsMy Domaine / Elle Decoration

5. Custom details
a wall niche
decorative tile
glass cabinet doors
special hardware
crown molding

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
Brooke Wagner Designs

6. Comfort layers
barstools & chairs
dining table
roman shade
accent lighting
freestanding cabinets

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsThe Inspired Room

7. Charming accessories

 framed art
pitchers and vases

open shelves for books or dish collections

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsJessica Helgerson Interior Design

 8. Architectural detail

arched doors
wood beams
paneling on walls or ceilings
trim work 
wood, stone or tile
special countertops
covered hood

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

*Update* Come see my small kitchen remodel, including all the sources, right HERE!

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

My Galley Kitchen Reveal

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

Find more kitchen design inspiration HERE.



Dinner at the Table

Dinner at the Table

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron

It’s crazy how unsettling it is to have your home turned upside down so painters and contractors can come in and work on your house. While it is always exciting to finally have the opportunity to start the projects (so no complaints from me) it can feel a little awkward to move around freely when all your furniture is covered in plastic or shoved into another room.

Dinner at the Table

You can see the state our living room was in while we had painters here, with my dining room table buried in there somewhere! So knowing the painters were coming and this kind of chaos would soon follow, last week we really enjoyed eating one last meal sitting at our table. I was extra glad we had a Blue Apron meal ready to prepare (you will have an opportunity to try three free Blue Apron meals at the end of this post, so be sure to sign up at the end).

Dinner at the Table

Our recipe was for seared chicken and miso udon noodles with sautéed sugar snap peas and pea tips. I’ll admit I had never heard of “udon” noodles, but then again, I’m not a super creative chef. I really want to be adventurous because I love to eat good food, but I tend to fall back on a few basics I’m comfortable cooking.

I love ordering from Blue Apron, there is always a new recipe or ingredient to try. But often what is even more exciting to me is that the food is already shopped for, measured out and ready for me to prepare. I love saving time and not having a big hassle! And now I can say I also adore Udon noodles. Who knew?

Dinner at the Table
While this meal was not something I would have thought to create on my own, it was so tasty and simple to make. I would definitely make it again. It was a winner!

My daughter Courtney and I always have fun preparing dinner together when we receive our Blue Apron box. The guys in our house start circling around the kitchen asking when it will be ready because they know it’s going to be good!

Dinner at the Table

With our last order we also received a couple of quality tools from the Blue Apron market. The thick Boos cutting board is amazing and this really sharp knife put all my other knives to shame.

Dinner at the Table

I’m always happy with our Blue Apron meals and love trying something new for dinner. Blue Apron offer’s farm-fresh ingredients delivered in a refrigerated box (which can be recycled) right to your doorstep so it is both tasty and convenient.

  • You can order a two-person meal plan or a family plan.
  • Each menu is between 500-800 calories per person.

  • Ingredients are incredibly fresh and sourced from quality suppliers and artisans.

  • All meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less.

Dinner at the Table

Soon our dining room will be fully painted and we will bring our table back in. We are looking forward to having another great meal and sitting around the table again! To order Blue Apron at a discount and receive three free meals, check out the discount offer below!

Dinner at the Table

The first 25 readers will get THREE free Blue Apron meals on their first order! That’s a great deal.

Just click here to find out more and sign up for your Blue Apron meal plan, you can cancel at any time!


This post was sponsored by Blue Apron.