Kitchen decorating ideas can focus on displaying collections, creating color accents, using shelving creatively and adding interesting lighting fixtures. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, when decorating a small kitchen, every inch of space must be used judiciously. Because a kitchen is first and foremost a practical room, small decorative touches go a long way.
Window boxes or high shelves installed over a large window are good areas to display collections in a kitchen. These can include pretty serving pieces, flower vases or teapots. Galley kitchens often need a focal point on their end wall, which also serves as a good spot to display an interesting collection. Interesting light fixtures, such as drum shades or even chandeliers, add a real sense of style to a kitchen with high ceilings.
Kitchens can handle strong color schemes, whether a stark black-and-white motif or pops of accent colors. Use tile, wallpaper or paint on the backsplash to create a visual focus. Consider painting cabinets a bold color in a larger kitchen, and don't be afraid to choose non-neutral colors for walls.
Small kitchens often include open shelving, which requires careful planning to avoid a messy appearance. Wallpaper the back of shelving units to tie them in to the rest of the room. Tops of cabinets are also good places to store and display service pieces that aren't used often.