When it comes to decorating your counter space in the kitchen, there is a fine line between beautiful and a cluttered mess. But I am here to show you how to display cutting boards on kitchen counters that maximizes function without sacrificing style. With a few simple tips you will have easy access to all your favorite boards and have beautiful kitchen decor no matter what your design style is!
If you do a lot of cooking you know cutting boards are a necessary tool every home chef needs. But let’s be honest, they can be large, bulky, and take up a lot of valuable storage in small kitchens with limited cabinet space, especially wooden boards. But what if you could use them as decor and keep them handy for all your chopping needs? I am here to tell you that you can!
Different Types of Cutting Boards
Cutting boards come in a variety of shapes and different sizes as well as different materials. I have a wide variety of cutting boards ranging in materials, sizes, and styles in my kitchen. Let’s talk about these different types and what the best option is for different kitchen designs.
I have cutting boards in different shapes and various sizes! I have some that are tiny and used for slicing up limes for cocktails and others that are large and take up half my kitchen island that I use for making pizza. I even have a stone board I use for pie crust to keep it cold while rolling. If you are like me, you probably have a wide array of sizes too which is perfect for displaying!
For everyday food prep I normally use my plastic cutting boards because I can toss them in the dishwasher when I am done. Especially if I am prepping raw meat or something very juicy. I want those cutting boards to be sanitized! I normally store these plastic boards in my divided lower cabinet next to the stove with my cookie sheets.
But when I am entertaining I frequently use a more decorative cutting board, usually one of my wooden boards, for serving cheese, fresh fruits and veggies, or charcuterie. I mean can you really drink wine without cheese or charcuterie? I rest my case.
When it comes to different styles, there is something for everyone! Wood boards can be mixed with a lot of different design styles since there are so many different types of wood and they all have their own beautiful natural patina.
Natural wood boards have a fresh California coastal vibe and can be a great accent in a white, light, or even a dark colored kitchen.
Dark walnut and patterned end grain cutting boards can easily fit in with a mid century modern home or a traditional style.
End grain cutting boards can also add a fun geometric pattern to a modern kitchen where pattern and texture is lacking.
Old wood cutting boards with deep grooves or leather straps are a great idea in farmhouse kitchens or kitchens with a more rustic style.
Marble boards or slate can go with just about any style! They can be paired with wood or painted kitchen cabinets as well as a variety of backsplashes.
Bonus, if done correctly, you can actually mix all of these different styles to create a beautiful display and focal point!
How To Display Cutting Boards
You have seen all the interior designers come up with beautiful ways to display cutting boards in a kitchen but you still feel lost. Don’t worry, I can help! When it comes to displaying my cutting boards, I keep my plastic boards in my kitchen cabinets and only display my wooden and natural stone boards.
One of my favorite ways to add a pop of color to my white kitchen backsplash is to lean my patterned wood cutting boards against the tile. This creates the perfect contrast and is one of the best ways to bring wood elements into the kitchen. Wooden cutting boards can add warmth to a white kitchen like mine and I do this frequently! When you have a white kitchen it can easily feel cold. By leaning a few cutting boards against the back splash you can add a ton of warmth.
If you have a slide in range, my design tip is to use the space behind it to display several cutting boards. Not only does it act as great storage in your immediate cooking space but it is a great decor focal point.
To achieve a curated and layered look, mix in a few different sizes, materials, and colors. I always add a few decorative elements as well. This can be another useful kitchen item like a bowl of fresh fruit or a pestle and mortar or something entirely decorative like a plant. I love mixing in faux or real plants to add a little life.
You can also use your cutting boards as a tray to highlight your everyday cookware next to the stove. I always keep my larger utensils and olive oil close by for convenience. This makes it look intentional rather than cluttered.
BTW, that is a real baby succulent! How cute is that? Also, I am super proud I have not killed it yet, haha!
Open shelving is another great place to display cutting boards. I have built in open shelves in my kitchen and this is a great option. I usually pair mine with a few cook books and of course a faux plant. This is a perfect place to store a serving board you don’t use often while still keeping it within easy reach.
Some other creative ways to display cutting boards is on wall-mounted racks or hang them on the kitchen wall creating a gallery wall of cutting boards. This is the easiest way to decorate large empty wall space in a kitchen. You could even display them on a peg rail with your favorite dish towel or unique utensils.
Where to Buy Cutting Boards to Display
As I mentioned above, I keep my basic plastic boards hidden in my cabinets and only display my beautiful pieces. I have accumulated mine over time from a multitude of places but often find fun patterned boards at Home Goods and IKEA. But if you want the best wood boards like Boos, you might want to check out Crate and Barrel. I like to have a variety of dark and light woods, end grain, and natural stone in my collection.
You can also find really beautiful cutting boards at art fairs, flea markets, and sometime even thrift stores. A lot of times good old boards made from wood just need a little sanding to get rid of stubborn stains and deep grooves. With a few coats of food grade oil, they can often look as good as new. These I would save for decorative purposes for sanitary reasons.
It is also high on my to do list to learn how to make my own end grain cutting board. We all know I probably have enough scrap wood!
If you still aren’t sure where to start, I have found some really great options for you if you are looking to add to your cutting board collection or grow a new collection.
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