We’re sharing eight easy tips for styling a dining room hutch today as we team up with some of our favorite ladies for a Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop.
A special shout out and thank you to my sweet friend Cindy of County Road 407 for putting this fantastic group of ladies together.
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop…
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is a bimonthly series where we share our love of vintage, antique, farmhouse, and repurposed finds and ideas.
If you’ve missed any of the other installments, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (last year’s reader-favorite #1 post)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
I’m tickled pink you guys love this group as much as I do because these ladies are amazing inside and out. If you’re coming over from Paula’s blog, Sweet Pea, welcome, we’re thrilled to have you here.
Paula has such a beautiful way of weaving family heirlooms into her home and creative fabulous vignettes that tell a story. I can’t wait to read all about her 100-year-old china cabinet.
We recently shared our One Room Challenge guest bedroom makeover plans and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about joining in on this event.
As always, one big project usually rolls into several other smaller projects, and this case is no exception.
While we plan to shop the house as much as we can there are definitely things we’re going to need like some sort of library hutch, a desk, and fun accessories.
I know a lot of you like to collect ironstone, transferware, creamware, and antique silver as well so I can’t wait to dive into all the inspiration today.
It’s all about hutches, cabinets, and cupboards!
Here’s a look at eight easy tips for styling a dining room hutch…
Tip One: Start Collecting Items BEFORE You Plan to Style Your Dining Room Hutch
Unless you buy an entire collection at an estate sale, find a great deal at an antique mall or inherit a large collection of your favorite items, it takes a long time to find just the right pieces.
Be sure to fully enjoy the process of treasure hunting!
Tip Two: Keep the Color Palette Consistent
Whenever you’re styling a dining room hutch, consider the color palette of your collection, as well as, the color palette you have in the rest of your home.
While the colors and patterns don’t have to match, it’s most pleasing when they complement each other. That’s why we decorate with ironstone and transferware a lot.
They work well in almost every room in the house!
Another thing to keep in mind when you have a consistent color palette is how much easier it will be to shop for goodies when you’re styling a dining room hutch.
There are a lot of great items out there and it’s definitely easy to get off track if you don’t know what specific colors or style you’re looking for in advance.
Tip Three: Buy Items with Varying Heights
While you’re out shopping, look for large pieces like tureens and pitchers, mid-sized items like platters and cake stands, and smaller items like creamer and sugar jars or gravy boats.
That way, you’ll be able to layer differing heights on each shelf to add interest.
Tip Four: Style the Middle Shelf (or the shelf at eye level) FIRST
I know it might seem like you should start styling the top shelf first and then work your way down to the bottom shelf or start from the bottom and work your way up.
But the truth is, it’s so much easier to style the shelf that is at eye level first.
It will help to set the tone for the entire hutch. After all, it’s the shelf you’re most likely to notice as soon as walk into the room.
Tip Five: Put a Statement Maker Front and Center
More times than not, I put some sort of statement-making piece in the center of the middle shelf, then work around it.
This will likely be your favorite or largest piece so give it a place of honor up front!
Tip Six: Place Large Pieces (like lidded tureens) On the Top Shelf to Help Add Visual Height
After you have your statement-making piece in the middle of the dining room hutch, create a “V” or a triangle by placing two large pieces (like a tureen, pitcher, compote, cake stand, etc) on the top or bottom shelf to the left and right.
This will help add visual height and create a bit of symmetry.
Tip Seven: Place a Textural Element in the Middle of the Top Shelf and Repeat It At Least Two Other Times
In this case, we complemented the brown and white transferware platter on the top with two brown and white transferware pitchers.
We also used a large white ironstone platter on the middle shelf, then repeated the look by using ironstone platters on the bottom shelves so everything feels anchored.
Tip Eight: Remember to Incorporate a Bit of Nature
Incorporating bits of nature brings like to any space!
Try things like the warm woodgrain of vintage breadboards, flowers, greenery like moss and preserved boxwood, faux eggs, or bird nests or even branches.
Keep in Mind…
Keep in mind, styling a dining room hutch can take a while. Especially, if you’re trying to achieve a collected over time feel or if you’re starting with a specific vision.
Remember to be patient with the process and have fun along the way!
It also takes a bit of maneuvering and playing around with different items, combinations, and height variations until you’ve achieved a look you love.
Don’t let that intimidate or overwhelm you though, styling a dining room hutch is definitely something you can do!
We hope these eight easy tips for styling a dining room hutch have helped! Let us know your favorite way to style a dining room hutch or if you have any fun tips or tricks we should know about.
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love blog hop is Lora from Create and Ponder. I know you’ll love her ideas for styling a glass front cabinet because she is always so creative.
Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing…
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.