Decorating for Spring in My Kitchen

Now that we are well into spring, I have gotten around to showing you how I added a few old and new decorative items to my kitchen to infuse new springtime energy into the room.

You know I like to decorate with white, not only because it is cheery and bright, but also so I can accent a room with seasonal pops of color and not worry that the colors won’t coordinate.

For spring this is easy to do since spring is blooming with so many vibrant and happy colors. I chose to decorate using my favorite colors… blue, pink, purple and green in the kitchen.

brown decor items being put away to make room for colorful spring decor.

Bye-bye fall and winter accent colors. See ya again in the fall.

Spring Decor for the Dining Table

Let’s start with the dining table. My kitchen is small with the meal prep and dining areas separated by a peninsula counter.

Blue and white throw blanket draped over a white slipcovered kitchen chair around a dining table.

I have had this kitchen table for years. The original top was smaller. Since we don’t have a dining room in the house with a large table we needed a larger kitchen table.

My husband and I made a larger round kitchen table top to replace the old one. We placed it on the original metal base. The larger wood plank top makes a huge difference on the amount of serving dishes and items we can place on the table and how many people can fit around it.

After adding the new blue and white area rug in the living room last week I wanted to carry the blue color to the table. I found a blue and white cotton throw for $10!

blue and white cotton throw blanket draped over a kitchen chair.

I love it not only for the price, but it is reversible so when I want to see a new color – presto-chango!

I always like to have a throw blanket by the table since I work here most of the time on my computer and like to feel comfy cozy, even in the summer when the AC is on.

Here is what the throw looks like up close. It is very nicely made and quite the deal.

Pink floral table centerpiece on wood table.

I created the centerpiece for the table by removing faux blossoms from their stems and placed them around a large candle in a wood bowl.

Decorating the Open Shelves in the Kitchen

Next up is how I styled the open shelves I created in the kitchen when we first moved into the house. When standing in front of the cabinet doors, they swung out too far which made you have to back up. Not good for the user experience and daily function, so I removed them.

Spring Kitchen Counter Decorating ideas

I have always kept the plates and bowls we use everyday on the lower shelves and part of my collection of white pitchers on the upper shelves.

This spring, after cleaning out my kitchen cabinets and discarding items we no longer need or use, I had empty cabinets to fill so I moved the everyday dishes to the closed cabinets which left the open shelves empty.

Neutral white kitchen with stone wall and white and blue accent decor.

Now I am decorating the shelves as if they were a china hutch or cabinet where I display decorative items – no stacks of plates or bowls anymore. I used a few white ceramic pitchers and blue and white plates that I collect.

Blue and white decor accents on open shelves in a white kitchen.

I have gathered the collection of blue and white plates and pitchers over the last 30 years. The pieces are from Walmart, HomeGoods, TJMaxx and thrift stores.

Spring flowers in a wicker vase displayed on open shelves in a white kitchen.

To add instant sunniness, I added a dash of yellow in the way of bunch of wildflowers.

Open Kitchen Shelf Styling Tips

  • Start with a blank slate. Set everything aside and clean the shelves.
  • Leave space between items so the shelves don’t look cluttered.
  • Instead of lining up all of your objects in a row, try creating depth. You can do this by placing some items deeper into the shelves and other closer to the front.
  • If using cookbooks, stack them horizontally and vertically. Place items on the stacked books for added interest.
  • After you have the items on the shelves, take a step back to make sure if you have distributed color throughout the shelves. For instance, make sure if you have a blue item on the upper right side top shelf, that there is another item on a lower shelf that is blue and on the left side. Doing this helps everything look cohesive.
  • Stand back and edit and move as well as remove items as needed until you like what you see.
a collection of white ceramic pitchers displayed on open shelves in a kitchen.

Simple Spring Decorating Ideas for Kitchen Counters

I like to add pink, purple, or yellow flowers to low vases on the counter. Seeing the vivid colors against the white makes me so happy.

Small glass by kitchen sink filled with short stems leftover from a flower bouquet

Even when I don’t have a big bunch of flowers, I often clip a smaller amount and use and place in a small glass under the window by the sink. They look especially nice in the morning when the sun shines into this side of the kitchen.

When I don’t have flowers to place by the sink, a pot of herbs is my second choice.

blue waffle weave dish towels hanging on a towel rack in a kitchen.

I bought my first waffle weave dishtowel a few years ago and will never use another type. Their texture adds interest which I like to see.

spring green waffle weave dish towels hanging on a towel bar in a kitchen

I have found blue, green and yellow at HomeGoods. For other colors, check out the all the waffle weave dish towel colors Etsy sells.

Display Spring Color in Unexpected Ways

And lastly, adding spring color to any room doesn’t only mean it has to be a decorative item. I displayed the spring issue of my favorite decorating magazine on the step stool I keep handy in the kitchen.

Why hide all the pretty spring colors on the cover when they can add to the springtime vibe I created in the kitchen.

easy spring kitchen decorating ideas. blue and white kitchen with rustic accents.

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  1. I really love your use of the pops of color in your home! So cheery!

  2. Valarie Sanford says:

    I’m also doing blue and white but couldn’t figure out what was missing…til you added pops of yellow! Ty Diane!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Valerie – So happy to hear that my post helped you with your blue and white decor. A pop of pink works nicely too with blue and white. Enjoy your blue and white decor.

  3. Very nicely done. Think I’ll go out shopping. You inspired me.

  4. Marina lee says:

    My kitchen was so rough Now I will decorate my kitchen from your tips and beautiful designs
    Highly appreciated
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful designs

  5. Decoration is a fun and not every body can do this. But I’m sure I can do it at least in my kitchen after reading this. Thanks

  6. These are really amazing kitchen decoration and designs. These are simple and easy ways to change the whole look of the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Wasil Ahmad says:

    Thanks for sharing these amzing tips because of your tips I have my kitchen looking so beautiful, before this my kitchen is so boring. due to your guide I have made my kitchen full of beauty.

  8. Maria Lopez says:

    My kitchen was so boring before. Now I just followed these steps and my kitchen looks pretty. I liked the blue and purple pops in your kitchen. Your wholw kitchen is so cheerful Daine! Thanks for sharing amazing tips.

  9. contact us says:

    Honestly I was planning to decorate my kitchen for spring season. And I see this site! very helpful thanks for giving us an idea and good designs.

  10. Airbnb Property Management Sydney says:

    Love these ideas! I am totally inspired by your work. I want implement these ideas to decorate my kitchen. Thanks and keep sharing.

  11. Suhana Morgan says:

    Thanks for the great tips for decorating a kitchen. Our kitchen is so bland and boring right now, so we want to spice it up. Decorating with food-themed things is a great idea. That would flow really well with the space.

  12. These are really amazing kitchen decoration and designs. These are simple and easy ways to change the whole look of the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Laurie at Vinyet Etc. says:

    Your kitchen and your photography are stunning! I love the contrast of blues and whites and the pops of green, spring perfection!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laurie –

      I just received your comment. Is this the one you left earlier, or is it a new one.

  14. I can’t say enough about your beautiful kitchen. Love your spring ideas too.

  15. I was wondering how your cupboard paint is holding up and what paint you used? I’m in the process of painting mine, I have all the base cabinets and the drawers done. I used Benjimin Moore Advance and I’m finding that it is chipping off, even if I bump a plastic storage container on the edge. I’m not at my full month of curing time yet, probably about 3 weeks, but I’m very discouraged and not able to find the motivation to finish the doors. It’s a LOT of work and time to put into something that is not going to hold up well.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Corry –

      I used Sherwin Williams ProClassic Waterbased Acrylic Alkyd in a semi-gloss finish. It is their medium price ranged paint. I used a water based primer first, and then paint. Ben Moore Advance gets good reviews. Did you sand the cabinets? Did you use a stand alone primer? If so what brand?

      If it is chipping right from the start, it is either not cured or the paint was applied too heavy and the under side is not dry, so when something hits it, it chips off. I would let it dry for another week and see what happens. Let me know about the sanding and priming.

      1. CorryCorry says:

        Thank you for your reply. Yes I did sand the cupboards and also did a light sanding in between coats. I used Zinsser BIN primer. I don’t believe I applied the paint too heavy. Hoping more time will harden things up. So I assume your paint is holding up well, or should I expect some little dings?

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Corry – My painted cabinets are holding up very well. No dings or chips except one that sadly had nothing to do with the paint not adhering, but from me dropping a knife when I was unloading the dishwasher. It hit a cabinet door and took a small chunk of wood out. :-( I have patched it up.

          The paint you applied once cured should not chip off. It may wear off over time around frequently used cabinet knobs (will take years) but not come off or ding easy when you touch or wipe over the surface. I have never used Ben Moore Advance paint. It may simply be that it takes a little longer to cure. I would ask at the Ben Moore paint store where you bought the paint to see if they have any tips about the curing time of the paint. They may be able to reassure you that all is good. Let me know in a few weeks if you notice that paint has hardened.

  16. Joanne B. says:

    Living in south Florida for the past 22 years, I must admit sometimes I forget that it is still winter for the rest of you. And while I do decorate for fall, winter, and Christmas, I never really did much for spring- I suppose because we live outside so much I see color around me everywhere. But as a former northerner I still miss that fresh hope that spring brings! (Not to mention that fresh air/oh how I long to put out my bedding to freshen it outdoors like my Mom used to do! sigh…) I am not a “blue” person when I decorate, but I am SO inspired by how fresh your kitcehn updates look! I think my otherwise neutral home needs some pops of color, so I feel a HomeGoods visit and Target run is in order! Happy Spring and thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Oh my goodness! Your beautiful spring touches pop so perfectly against all that white! WOW! Gorgeous photography of you beautiful kitchen, Diane!

  18. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    Diane, your kitchen is just beautiful. So bright and cheery – the perfect place to start the day with a cup of coffee. You’re so talented. So glad you joined the tour!!

  19. …and the Oscar goes to DIANE of IN MY OWN STYLE for best DIY high-end kitchen. You make it look SO expensive and current with your mad DIY skills.

  20. I love the blue and white theme in the kitchen. Always one of my favorites!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks MLD. Can you text or email that you got this reply so I know the new comment reply I am using on the blog is working the way it should. XO

  21. laura janning says:

    Diane- you have done some amazing projects. you have inspired me to do something with my laundry room countertop ( i want to change the color) your’s looks fantastic.

  22. Oh those pops of blue and purple in your white kitchen are stunning! Your kitchen is so cheerful, I love it! Everything is so pretty Diane.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Amanda – Decorating for spring is always fun and needed after a cold and dreary winter.