How to Decorate a Kitchen Hutch: 10 Cozy Styling Tips

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Discover how to decorate a kitchen hutch with these cozy styling tips to infuse your kitchen with personality, warmth, and coziness.

Cozy cottage farmhouse hutch decor in the kitchen.
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I’ve been wanting to add a hutch to our kitchen for quite a while.

The long wall on one side of our kitchen has been screaming for large piece of furniture, so I decided to start searching Facebook Marketplace to see if I could find a hutch that matched my style and didn’t cost an arm & a leg. 

In typical Eleanor Rose Home style, my search didn’t yield many good results. 

I had almost given up looking for a hutch when one night, while falling asleep in bed, I happened to scroll past this beautiful open hutch. I scrolled back, did a double take, and knew this was the right piece for our home. 

While it wasn’t exactly the color I had envisioned (I was hoping for raw pine instead of painted), it did check all the other boxes. 

And guess what…forty-eight hours later, the hutch was in our kitchen! 

Which then began the most fun part of all, styling and decorating.

Because here’s the thing…a traditional hutch is more than just a piece of furniture in your home. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your personality while adding character to your kitchen at the same time.

If decorating a kitchen hutch seems intimidating to you, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be!

My cozy styling tips will help you easily transform your hutch into a beautiful spot in your kitchen that exudes comfort and style.

Cottage farmhouse hutch in the kitchen with decor items styled on the open shelves.

10 Cozy Styling Tips for Kitchen Hutches

With these cozy styling tips, you’ll be able to transform your kitchen hutch into a stylish focal point that reflects your unique style but also enhances the aesthetic of your home. 

It doesn’t matter if you prefer rustic charm, modern elegance, or eclectic flair; there are endless possibilities for decorating a china cabinet that are both beautiful and functional. 

Seasonal decorations in the kitchen with red geraniums and a hutch styled for the season.

Alright, let’s roll up our sleeves, unleash our imagination, and get ready to elevate our kitchens with these inspiring styling tips!

Start With a Clean Slate

If you already have a hutch in your kitchen, before diving into the decorating process, you’ll want to clear out your hutch.

Begin by removing all traces of the old decor. Remove every trinket, dish, and ornament from the shelves, the top of the cabinet, and even the interior of the cabinets themselves. 

Take all of those items you removed from the hutch and find a designated place in another room (away from the kitchen) to hold them for at least 24 hours. This could be on a dining room table or maybe in a corner in your home office.

By removing every item from the hutch and keeping them out of view, it allows yourself time to envision the possibilities and reimagine the potential of your hutch without feeling overwhelmed.

I call this mindful decluttering.

It’s a great way to give you clarity and perspective, allowing you to approach the decorating process without stress but with a sense of excitement and purpose. 

Decide How You Want the Decor on Your Hutch to Feel

When it comes to decorating our home, feelings are the overriding factor in my decision making process. 

Yes, I want our home to look beautiful, but at the end of the day it’s about how the decor makes me feel. Every piece selected is chosen with intention, chosen because it evokes a specific emotion or sentiment.

So, ask yourself, “How do I want this space to make me feel?” 

Is it a sense of warmth and intimacy, a feeling of serenity and calm, or a burst of energy and creativity? 

Vintage bunny cookie jar styled on our farmhouse open hutch shelf.

By identifying the emotions you want to evoke, you can then begin to select decor elements to display on your hutch that will help bring your vision to life. 

From color palettes and textures to lighting and accessories, every choice should be made with the intention of cultivating the desired feelings you want to portray in your decor.

Ultimately, the goal is not to create a perfectly styled, magazine worthy hutch. Instead, your hutch should be a piece of furniture that reflects your personality and feels like home to you.

Pro Tip: Decorating with feeling is about trusting your instincts and following your intuition. Listen to your inner voice and choose decor pieces that resonate with you emotionally. Your home should be a reflection of your personality and tastes, so don’t be afraid to trust your gut and decorate in a way that feels authentic to you.

Don’t Decorate With a Theme

I know this idea might be a little controversial to some, but I find decorating with a theme can stifle creativity and limit options. 

Themes can be a helpful starting point, however they’re not necessary in creating a space that reflects your emotions and personality. 

Instead of feeling constrained by a certain theme, think about a more eclectic and organic approach to decorating, which will help you find a wider range of styles, colors, and textures to choose from. 

You can mix and match elements in a way that feels authentic and unique to you. It’s about letting your creativity flow and following your instincts!

A piece of furniture in the kitchen decorated with functional kitchen decor.

Also, decorating your home without a theme gives you the freedom to evolve and change your decor over time. 

As your tastes and preferences change, so too can the aesthetic of your space. You’re free to experiment with different styles and incorporate new pieces as you discover them, without being tied down to a specific theme.

Finally, the best benefit of forgoing a theme, is that it allows for an eclectic and personalized style. 

By curating a collection of decor items that speak to you on a deeper, emotional level, you can create a space that feels one-of-a-kind.

Do Choose a Color Scheme When Decorating Your Hutch

While foregoing a theme can offer flexibility and creativity, choosing a color scheme is a fundamental aspect of interior decorating that provides cohesion and harmony. 

Instead of constraining you, a defined color palette serves as the guiding principle.

A neutral color scheme in a farmhouse kitchen with brown, cream, white, and green colors.

Now, selecting a color scheme doesn’t mean you have to stick to a specific set of colors. 

Instead, it involves choosing a palette that resonates with you and sets the tone for the space. Consider the emotions and moods you want to evoke, and select colors that align with those feelings.

A cohesive color scheme ties together various elements in your home, from furniture and decor to walls and flooring. It creates a sense of unity and flow, making the room feel balanced.

The colors you choose don’t matter, the key is to ensure that each color complements the others and contributes to the overall aesthetic.

For our kitchen hutch, I wanted to stick to with neutral colors so I incorporated decor pieces that were different shades of white, cream, tan, brown, and green. I did add a pop of color with the red apples, you can read more on why I did that in this blog post

Red apples in a white stoneware bowl styled on the open shelf of our kitchen china hutch.

By incorporating different shades and tones of the same color, as well as contrasting colors, you add dimension and personality to your decor. 

Choosing a color scheme is an important step in the decorating process that lays the foundation for the entire design. 

By selecting colors that resonate with you and complements your desired aesthetic, you can create a space that feels cohesive, inviting, and reflective of your style. 

Examples of Popular Color Schemes

  • MONOCHROMATIC – This scheme involves using variations of a single color. For example, different shades of green can create a calming and cohesive look.
  • ANALOGOUS – Analogous color schemes consist of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Combining shades of green, yellow-green, and yellow creates a harmonious and natural feel.
  • COMPLEMENTARY – Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, creating a high-contrast and dynamic look. Examples include pairing blue with orange, purple with yellow, or red with green.
  • TRIADIC – Triadic color palettes involve using three colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. For example, combining red, yellow, and blue creates a vibrant and balanced look.

Mix & Match Textures

Incorporating a variety of textures into your decor is a great way to add depth and visual interest to your home. 

Think of it this way, a color scheme is the foundation of your decor, much like the blueprint of a house. It lays the groundwork and sets the tone for the entire design.

On the other hand, mixing and matching textures is like adding layers of personality and character, just like decorating the rooms with furniture, artwork, and accessories.

Together, they create a cohesive and inviting space that feels balanced and dynamic.

Grapevine wreath with green leaves to add texture and a natural element to the kitchen hutch.

You do want to make sure to strike a balance when mixing textures. 

Combining smooth and rough textures, soft and hard surfaces, and matte and glossy finishes is what will add the dimension and intrigue to your decor. 

Styling the shiny wine glasses along with woven baskets on our hutch, is an example of combining textures that play off of each other and allow your eye to bounce around from piece to piece. 

I like to include natural materials like wood, stone, and rattan in my kitchen decor. These materials add a sense of authenticity and connection to the natural world.

Display larger items like rattan baskets on the bottom shelf of your kitchen hutch.

Whether it’s a wooden cookbook holder, white ironstone pitchers, or a rattan basket, these natural textures are an easy way to add character.

Don’t forget to incorporate linens into your kitchen decor for softness. Mix patterns like stripes, plaids, and florals for added charm and coziness.

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Display Functional Items on Your Hutch

Functional decor is one of my favorite ways to decorate, and that most definitely includes decorating a hutch.

Displaying everyday items on your hutch brings practicality to your kitchen and enhances visual appeal by blending form and function together. 

Functional kitchen decor styled on a hutch with vintage pieces and everyday dishes.

Do not keep utilitarian objects hidden in cabinets or drawers, showcase them with pride on your hutch!

Start by selecting functional items that are useful and pretty to look at. 

Think carefully about the items you use frequently in your kitchen and consider how they can be displayed in a beautiful way.

A collection of everyday dishes or glassware can add color and texture to your hutch while also serving as a place to easily grab them.

Arrange your functional items thoughtfully, paying attention to both form and function. 

Group similar items together to create cohesive look, and vary the heights and shapes of your displays to add interest and dimension.

You’ll notice I stacked white dishes and bowls neatly together, placed taller items behind shorter ones, and then I sprinkled decorative accents throughout.

Place different items on a china hutch in the kitchen like dishes, bowls, glasses, and decorative objects.

You can also include storage solutions into your hutch decor to keep functional items organized and easily accessible.

Drawer organizers, baskets, and trays can help corral smaller items like utensils or napkins to keep them tidy while still allowing them to shine in the overall look of your display.

Finally, remember to display functional items that have personal meaning or sentimental value to you. 

This could be cookbooks passed down to you from your grandmother, recipe cards from your mother’s kitchen, or china from your wedding.

These personal touches are what will make your hutch unique, charming, and perfectly cozy. 

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Ideas of Functional Vintage Pieces to Incorporate Into Your Hutch

Incorporating functional vintage pieces into the open shelves of your hutch not only adds practicality to your kitchen but, is the best way to infuse it with a sense of history and nostalgia. 

Mix and match different items to create a curated look.

  • White Stoneware Pitchers, White Platters, and Salad Plates
  • Mason Jars or Vintage Glassware
  • Enamelware Bowls
  • Copper Tray
  • Vintage Cutting Boards
  • Antique Spice Containers
  • Vintage Bread Boxes
  • Milk Glass
  • Antique Wooden Crates or Boxes
  • Vintage Tea Towels & Linens
  • Old Books

Group Objects in Odd Numbers

When styling your kitchen hutch, it’s a great idea to group objects in odd numbers. 

This scientifically proven technique draws the eye in and adds interest to your display, creating a rhythm and flow that pleases the eye.

Grouping objects in odd numbers (I like groups of threes or fives) provides asymmetry and prevents your display from feeling too rigid or uniform. 

When grouping objects together, you want to consider varying the size, shape, and texture of each item.

Learn how to decorate a kitchen hutch by creating groups of odd numbers objects.

You could pair a large plate with a tall pitcher and a short soup tureen, or arrange a trio of differently sized pitchers alongside a stack of plates and a cluster of glassware like I did here.

Placement is essential when grouping objects in odd numbers. 

Arrange your objects in a way that creates balance and cohesion within your vignette, paying attention to both vertical and horizontal spacing. 

You’ll want to avoid grouping objects too closely together, since this can make your display feel cluttered and overwhelming. Instead, give each object room to breathe and allow it to stand out on its own.

A group of three ironstone creams on shelf in kitchen hutch.

Experiment with different groupings and arrangements until you find one that feels just right. I styled our entire hutch and then took everything down and started over because it just didn’t feel right.

It’s important to remember that styling is subjective, so there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how you decorate your hutch.

Trust your instincts and let your creativity guide you as you play around with different combinations of objects and groupings, until it feels just right.

Pay Attention to Height & Dimension

When decorating your kitchen hutch, make sure you’re incorporating items of varying heights and dimensions. 

Start by selecting objects of different heights and different sizes to create a sense of hierarchy within your hutch decor. 

White ironstone pitcher on hutch shelf with a white platter for depth & dimension.

For example, you might pair a tall vase or pitcher with shorter items like bowls or plates, or layer smaller pieces in front of larger ones to create depth and dimension.

This variation in height creates a sense of movement within your decor, guiding the eye around the arrangement and preventing it from feeling flat or one dimensional.

Just like grouping objects in odd numbers, placement is key when incorporating height and dimension. 

White ironstone dishes with salad plates, wooden bowls, and glassware in a china hutch.

Play around with different arrangements and groupings to find a layout that feels balanced and cohesive. 

Don’t forget to consider the space above and below your hutch shelves when adding height and dimension. 

Incorporating larger items like artwork, mirrors, or signage above your hutch can draw the eye upward creating a sense of verticality, while placing large pieces like baskets or bins on the bottom shelf can add visual weight and anchor your display.

Less Can be More

When I was deciding how to decorate our hutch, there was one thing that kept popping up in my mind, less is more. 

I did not want to load the hutch with tons of decor, instead I wanted the pieces I did style on the shelves to be able to breath and shine on their own. 

I think we often fall into the trap of over-decoration. We feel compelled to fill every corner, every nook and cranny with decor, fearing that empty space are missed opportunities for visual interest.

Cozy cottage farmhouse hutch decor in the kitchen.

However, I’ve come to realize that sometimes, less truly is more. 

Embracing simplicity and restraint when decorating allows us to create spaces that feel calm, uncluttered, and inviting. 

It’s about striking a balance between form and function, ensuring that each element serves a purpose and contributes to the overall aesthetic without overwhelming the senses.

Vintage bunny cookie jar styled on our farmhouse open hutch shelf.

Embrace negative space as a design element, allowing your decor to breathe. Leave some empty space between objects to give each piece room to shine and prevent your hutch from feeling overcrowded or overwhelming.

When selecting decor for your hutch, choose quality over quantity.

Select a few high quality pieces that have meaning or significance to you, rather than filling your hutch with generic or mass produced items.

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Edit & Rearrange

Once you’ve finished arranging your items on your kitchen hutch, take a step back and evaluate the overall look. 

Editing and rearranging are essential steps in the decorating process, allowing you to fine tune your display and achieve the perfect balance.

Start by taking a critical look at your hutch and identifying any items that feel out of place or cluttered. 

Think about whether each piece contributes to the overall aesthetic of the hutch and serves a purpose in the space. If something feels unnecessary or detracts from the cohesiveness of the arrangement, remove it.

Hutch decor in the kitchen with vintage pieces and everyday dinnerware.

As you edit your display, pay attention to balance, proportion, and symmetry. Aim for a display that feels visually balanced and pleasing to the eye.

Consider the size and scale of each item in relation to the surrounding decor, and adjust accordingly.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try unexpected combinations, sometimes that’s when I get the best ideas.

If you feel frustrated, stop.

Don’t edit and rearrange your hutch if you’re feeling stressed, you’ll never achieve the right look when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Take a break and come back to it, there’s no rush!

Pro Tip: Take a photo of your hutch once you’ve finished styling it. This is a good way to evaluate the decor on your hutch from a different vantage point. You may notice something you want to change or move, that you didn’t see before.

Once you’re done decorating, take a moment to admire what you’ve created! Evaluate the final arrangement from different angles and perspectives, making any final adjustments. 

Trust your instincts and intuition, and remember that decorating is a process of trial and error and there are no right or wrong answers!

How often should I redecorate my kitchen hutch?

There are no set rules for how often you should redecorate your kitchen hutch. 

It’s a personal preference that depends on your individual tastes, lifestyle, and the specific needs of your space. 

Whether you choose to redecorate seasonally, for special occasions, or simply whenever inspiration strikes; the key is to have fun and enjoy the process of creating a space that reflects who you are!

Kitchen hutch decor is a great place to style dishes you use everyday along with decorative accents.

What are some easy ways to update my hutch seasonally?

Updating your china hutch for different seasons can be a fun and rewarding way to keep your kitchen feeling fresh and current. 

Here are some easy ways to update your hutch each season…

  • Swap Out Decorative Accents: One of the simplest ways to update your hutch each season is to swap out decorative accents. Choose items in seasonal colors or motifs to instantly refresh the look of your display.
  • Incorporate Seasonal Florals: Fresh or faux flowers and greenery are an easy way to add a touch of seasonal charm to your hutch. Choose blooms that are in season and complement the colors and style of your decor.
  • Add Seasonal Linens: Incorporating seasonal linens such as table runners, placemats, or napkins can instantly update the look of your hutch. Choose fabrics in seasonal colors or patterns.
  • Display Seasonal Decorations: Look for decorative items that match the spirit of each season such as white pumpkins and gourds for a fall look, pinecones and evergreen branches for winter, flowers and butterflies for spring, or seashells and driftwood for summer. 
  • Change Up Artwork or Prints: If your hutch has space for artwork or prints, consider swapping them out seasonally to reflect the changing seasons.
  • Incorporate Seasonal Tableware: Use seasonal tableware such as plates, bowls, or mugs to add a pop of seasonal color to your hutch.
Red apples in a white stoneware bowl styled on the open shelf of our kitchen china hutch.

Finals Thoughts on How to Decorate a Kitchen Hutch

  • Start With a Clean Slate
  • Decide How Your Hutch Should Feel
  • Don’t Decorate With a Theme
  • Do Choose a Color Scheme
  • Mix & Match Textures
  • Display Functional Items
  • Group Objects in Odd Numbers
  • Pay Attention to Height & Dimension
  • Less is More
  • Edit & Rearrange

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8 Comments

  1. Decorating a kitchen hutch can really enhance the kitchen’s overall look. The suggestions provided are practical and stylish, turning a functional piece into a charming focal point. Perfect for showcasing favourite dishes and decorative items.

  2. I LOVE your hutch and the way you styled it. I was soooo bummed when I read you bought it that color. I FINALLY found the perfect color and I was going to ask you what it was. Doggone it. And such an irony you wanted it raw wood. I love love love that color and have been looking for that color for my kitchen cabs.

  3. Love how soft it looks! And I’ve never thought to add a recipe book. Great ideas!

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