How to Decorate your Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops might be one of my favorite spaces to decorate because it can be very challenging to bring function and decor together.  I enjoy finding solutions to my clients decorating and organization problems so I wanted to share these 10 ways to decorate your kitchen countertops with you!

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips!

To start, (I bet you know what I am going to say) DECLUTTER!  Countertops are probably the space in our homes that get the most cluttered.  We get lazy and don’t put things away and then we get mad at the mess… but it was our laziness that created the mess ha!  So if you can, try to get rid of anything you do not need on the countertops. 

Once you have your clean slate you are ready to DECORATE!  For the sake of making things simple, I have broken down my advice into 10 different “areas.”

1-Sink Area

By sink area I mean your soap, lotion and that space around the sink.  We all have hand soap by our sink and displaying it in a cute way can make all the difference.  I suggest using a rectangular tray to keep your soap and lotion in or placing a small vase or plant next to your soap to finish off the space.

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen sink decor ideas.
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! kitchen sink decor ideas.
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen sink decor ideas

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2- Canister area

I love me some cute canisters and think they are the perfect way to hide items you use everyday.  I hide my tea bags in one which allows me to keep my tea on the counter.  There are SO many canisters out there and for those of you that love baking and use your baking supplies on a regular basis, update your canisters to display your dry ingredients.

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen canisters decorating ideas
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen canister decorating ideas
3-Cookbook area

I am not a huge cook but I love to use cook books as decor (ha that sounds so bad!).  Especially when they were written by Joanna Gaines 🙂 Find some bookends or a recipe box to display with your cookbooks. My cookbook space is also my oil diffuser space.

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen cookbook organization
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen cookbook organization
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen cookbook organization ideas
4-Utensil area

Another decorating idea could be to display some of your utensils in a utensil canister.  This would allow for functionality, organization and decor.  There are some really fun utensil canisters out there:

5-Cooking area

Now this tip is one of my favorites because it is so functional.  I use olive oil, salt and pepper almost every day so I choose to keep those items out but organize them using a tray.  Sometimes I add a small vase and floral to bring the tray up a notch. 

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen cooking tray decor
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen cooking tray organization

Trays are one of my favorite pieces of decor when it comes to the kitchens because they can instantly create a sense of organization! Below I linked 8 of my favorite trays from Amazon:

Amazon trays to decorate your kitchen countertops. Trays decor ideas for your kitchen
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6-Alexa area

I’m not sure about you but we put our Alexa in our kitchen.  So of course I had to make it pretty 🙂  I use a tray, a vase with florals and a small candle to pull the space together.  

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Alexa decor station
7-Cutting Board area

Cutting boards have become huge in decorating kitchens over the past few years!  Resting a few boards against your backspace can be a really cool backdrop for other decor or beautiful on their own.  I am really loving the cutting boards that are part marble and part wood! So pretty!

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Cutting board decor
8-Plant area

I love succulents and my succulents LOVE my kitchen window!  So find some cute pots, plant those succulents and put them right by your window.

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen plant ideas
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Kitchen plant ideas
9-Coffee/tea Station

I know most people on this planet are coffee drinkers so use a space on your kitchen counters to create a coffee station.  Find a tiered tray and display your coffee essentials along with your mugs in a beautifully, cozy and organized way.

10- Misc Decor

Last but not least is kind of my catch all.  If a client has something sentimental like a vase or cookbook stand I always find a spot for that somewhere in the kitchen.  One of my go to decorating tips is to find a vase and fresh flowers and set them right in the middle of your island or peninsula!   Sometimes all any space needs is some bright beautiful florals 🙂

How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips! Tiered tray decor ideas
Other Random Tips:
  • I like to add taller decor in the corners because that space always seems so big and dark.
  • Put smaller appliances you use regularly away in cupboards that allow for easy access.
  • Just because your appliance has a handle doesn’t mean you need to put a dish towel on it!! 🙂
How to decorate your kitchen countertops- Ideas for kitchen countertop decor, organization using 10 simple tips!

Don’t forget to check out my other How To Decorate series posts:

42 thoughts on “How to Decorate your Kitchen Countertops”

  1. Hi, Lovely post I would like to share this because its very helpful for me keep it up please don’t stop posting, Thanks for share nice information with us.

  2. Hi there, just want to say I love your stuff and thanks for the article. I love the idea of using plants to decorate the kitchen – since I love plants AND cooking!

  3. Absolutely beautiful Emily! It seems about the perfect balance of elegance and functionality. I always find it a hard compromise between too much bare space vs. too much clutter.

  4. Where did you get the blinds from that are on the window above your sink? We have a window above our sink as well, but sometimes the sun gets way too harsh. I love how simple your is

  5. To help give your home an updated look, try updating some of your artwork and choose more modern pieces that have a modern feel, but keep the basic country farmhouse tradition alive in the home.

    1. LiliesandLife

      I got the vase at Michael’s about a year ago and I got the florals at Michael’s as well.  They usually have this style of florals in different colors throughout the seasons.  Right now they have the same florals in yellow and a coral/pink color!  I love them because they are simple but still give a pop of color!

  6. Can I just say – Perfect timing!! my kitchen remodel is finally complete and I’ve been struggling with this very thing!! I’m taking your suggestions with me to go shopping for some of these exact items. Thank you!

  7. Such cute ideas! What would you do with an empty wall above a counter top in the kitchen? My counter comes out farther than my cabinets and the big white wall needs something. Searching for ideas!

  8. Hello! Love the kitchen counter ideas! I have searched on your site for tray ideas. I love the wooden one in the picture for the cooking area but can’t locate that specific one. Could you please direct me to site? Thank you!

  9. Could you share where the two tiered wood and metal tray is from that is in your last pic? I need that! I have googled and not found one like it. Thank you!

  10. Liz Jackson

    Great article! Is that a cheater holder that looks like an onion? Where did you find that?!

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  13. Thank you for these tips! I love how you divided everything into “areas” so it is more organized. I recently had a cabinet refinisher repaint my kitchen cabinets and my husband installed a new backsplash. With these updates, I’ve been trying to find a way to decorate my kitchen and counters without it looking too cluttered. I just ordered a wood tray and marble cutting board, and I can’t wait to get them and decorate!

  14. Amazing steps. I want to decor my living room, working area & kitchen areas. Through this blog. I got lot of inspiration from decor ideas. Thanks for sharing. Please share more blogs.

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  18. Love all these ideas. I’m just finishing up a kitchen reno and I’m rethinking what I put on my counters.

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Hi, I'm Emily

I’m an Interior designer, decorator and blogger.  I help overwhelmed homeowners and DIYers bring timeless design and function into their home so they can love their space and the life they are building within it!  Thank you for visiting 🙂

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