Want to learn how to decorate your hutch? Today I’ll be showing you my styling secrets!
I remember my fiance showing me the French style hutch on his phone. It was beautiful and I was instantly in love.
It turned out to be right in my hometown where I grew up, and my brothers and I brought it to the house (for less than $200)!
For nearly three years, I had the same teacups and other pieces in there, but I’d been collecting some Rae Dunn mugs and was ready for a change.
How do you decorate a hutch?
1. Start with background pieces.
You want to create visual layers in your hutch. That way it’s more appealing to the eye instead of having everything at the same eye level.
One of the best ways to start this layered look is to use taller and longer pieces in the back. This could include things like:
- Serving tray
As you can see, I used a serving tray on the top shelf, flanked by a copper pitcher and faux plant.
Not only are these items versatile, they’re also fun to display and add personality to the hutch.
2. Use books to add height.
Another way to decorate your hutch is using vintage books. I absolutely love decorating with books.
If you don’t have any, thrift stores are always a great place to look. You could even use other books and just take the covers off if you were thinking to get rid of them anyway.
Books are especially nice for decorating a hutch because you can lay them flat (horizontal) and have them standing upright (vertical). I mix it up for interest and place dishes like a teacup on a few flat-laying books to make it look cohesive.
3. Display a collection.
Whether you collect corral dishes, teacups, a specific color of glassware or Rae Dunn, the key is to have a good amount in your collection in order to make a statement.
Before my Rae Dunn, I had teacups and matching plates that I still had from when I was little, gifted to me as Christmas gifts. I still have them and plan to keep them, but I wanted to change things up with a new collection now.
By keeping the main focus on your collection, it will allow the hutch to look stylish rather than cluttered.
4. Use filler items.
Additionally, use filler items. What are filler items? They are little trinkets that can really make your space feel complete. The key is to only use a few instead of having tons of random items strewn throughout the hutch.
They can be something simple, something you created yourself, something you bought, unique to you and your personality.
I used this “Thankful” sign that I found at Gordman’s while in Grand Forks.
Filler item ideas:
- Small signs
- Glass accents
5. Add a faux plant.
Lastly, use a plant or two. I always believe that no space is complete until you add some greenery.
Yes, even in a hutch.
I know some people don’t like the idea of using faux plants, but I love it. I’m more on the “black thumb” spectrum of keeping-plants-alive scale, so anything low maintenance is totally up my alley.
Greenery really allows the hutch to shine and brings everything out more clearly. It’s a wonderful way to give it a more completed look.
Decorating a hutch should be fun
I had been collecting Rae Dunn mugs and dishes for about a year and was finally ready to take everything out of my hutch to redecorate.
It was actually the first time I would be decorating it since we moved into the house three years prior.
There was this vision in my head to use jadeite plates as my background pieces, and when my husband and I went to Grand Forks I found some at Target (from the Hearth & Hand line, no less) on sale. I snagged those up pretty quickly.
I had so much fun placing my plates, books, Rae Dunn and fillers like a small “Thankful” sign in my hutch. It was a fun process and taught me a lot on how to decorate a hutch.
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The collection is your focal point. The layered items, books and fillers are your accents.
I hope these tips helped you and get you excited to start decorating your own cabinets and hutches.
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