Quirk up your kitchen with some unusual ideas
There are too many boring kitchens out there – but it’s not hard to spice up a cooking space with a bit of work and the right materials. Whether you’re creating a new kitchen from scratch with a company like Wren, or just want to breathe some new life into the one you’ve already got, this article should give you some inspiration. Giving your kitchen some character doesn’t have to be costly – you just need to use your imagination and find creative uses for everyday items!
This fantastic stuff turns any surface into a blackboard, so it’s a great way to make use of blank space in your kitchen. You can paint it on the fridge, pantry doors and cupboards, or even just splash a bit on the wall. Then get some coloured chalks and start scribbling (the kids can join in too) – and it doubles up as a family messageboard or just a place to write your shopping lists!
Retro gaming mosaics
You don’t have to be a gamer to recognise the Space Invaders and Mario of the 8-bit era, and mosaic tiles are the ideal way to recreate these pixelated designs in your own kitchen. Yes, it’s nerdy – but it’s also a great talking point and a lot of fun to make! By using a few different colours of kitchen tiles, you can add Space Invader designs to your kitchen splashback, while the truly brave can try creating a whole level of Super Mario Brothers along the wall!
Food is usually hidden away in cupboards or pantries, but have you ever thought of putting it on display with some creative storage ideas? Hanging baskets can be used to store potatoes, onions and other cooking essentials, while canned food can be attractively displayed in magazine racks! Alternatively, use empty cans as storage for cutlery and kitchen tools, or repurpose tea light holders to keep eggs in.
There are all kinds of neat twists on standard kitchen appliances out there, from kettles that change colour while they boil to transparent toasters. Some are futuristic, like the milk jug that tells you how fresh your milk is, others are fun variations on everyday items (LEGO salt ‘n’ pepper shakers) and still more are just wonderfully pointless – like the toaster that “prints” an image of Darth Vader in your breakfast!
An indoor herb garden
This isn’t so much quirky as practical, but it’s surprising how few people do it considering how easy it is. Just set aside some windowsill space for small plant pots filled with coriander, chives, basil, parsley or whatever herbs you use most often – much tastier than dried herbs and they only need a bit of water once a day.