How to Style your Kitchen Space – Exclusively with Interior Designer Michelle Cortizo

The kitchen is the heart of the home. A place to cook, rest, relax and spend time with loved ones. That’s why, when it comes to styling your kitchen, you want to show off your personality while making it a welcome haven for you and your guests.

To help style your space like a pro, we caught up with this year’s Top Influencer of Home Design by FIXR, Michelle Cortizo.

Since beginning her design business in 2000, Michelle has featured in leading publications such as House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. Her client’s stories are at the heart of Michelle’s designs, showcased through her love of color and patterns.

Take inspiration from Michelle and discover how you can recreate your own showstopping space…

Small Touches, Big Difference

When it comes to interior design, there is more to it than meets the eye. Everything you look at – no matter how big or small – should bring joy, be meaningful or provide a necessary function.

For example, take something as small as your salt and pepper shaker… If it sits on your countertop in its original container, style it up! Search through your collection of family china or visit a vintage shop to source a small colorful/patterned dish. Pour a weekly dose of salt/pepper onto it and place it on your countertop. A simple touch like this will make all the difference.

Time to Tidy

When sprucing up your kitchen’s style, it’s a great time to have a real blitz, especially when it comes to organizing your kitchen cupboards and countertops.

Consider storing away appliances that are used sparingly and free up additional counter space. Equally, you may find kitchen gadgets, contraptions, and condiments that you wish to reintroduce in a new way.

If you’re fed up with struggling to find your favorite herb or spice, store them in little glass jars as they create a uniform look. For a lovely decorative touch (and a great space-saving solution!), consider buying a spice rack so they are in easy reach. There are plenty of options available on the market, from large rotating orbit racks to smaller flower styles – perfect for adding functionality and flair to your countertop.

Explore New Textures and Heights

Create visual interest by layering organic textures at various heights, and you’ll open up a world of possibilities.

Play around with countertops depths to make a real designer statement. A thick slab of luxury laminate will look great on an island top and sides. Team with a slimline countertop and add drama with a unique marble-style backsplash.


From bright and pastel colors to sophisticated grays and ever-popular neutrals, Wren can help you find the perfect color for your cabinets.

Michelle chose contemporary and hardwearing Ultra cabinets in calming Cloud Blue from our pastel-infused palette. The fuss-free frontal makes them the perfect canvas to introduce color.

Nevertheless, if colorful cabinetry is too much, there are plenty of other ways to brighten up your space. Display beautiful tea towels on your range handle for a pretty (and practical!) look. You can even dust off a colorful cookbook or cushion and present it upright so it doubles as art.

Fresh Foliage

Flowers and plants (or both!) are always a good idea and will make your kitchen come alive. Think about your kitchen’s cabinetry or the prominent color and select flowers that complement or enhance the room’s overall palette. If you’re unsure, go with beautiful greens.

Once you’ve chosen your foliage or flowers of choice, it’s important to remember that the vessel should also be lovely. Sometimes the simplest of vases can be the most beautiful as they allow the organic material to shine.

The most important thing when styling your kitchen is to have fun! Give your kitchen the same love and attention given to any room in the home, and you’ll create your very own special sanctuary.

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