When you are looking for inspiration to add spice to your kitchen decor, look no further than your favourite foods. In Mexico and the Southwest, these powerful little gems of nature have long been hung in homes and restaurants for health and luck.
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You can't think of chilli peppers without thinking of their native region: Southwestern and Central America. Mexican and Spanish-inspired Southwestern decor draws largely from natural materials like rustic wood, weathered leather, earthy clay and wrought iron. Choose your palette from desert colours like rich reddish-browns, sandy yellow, turqouise and burnt orange. You might enhance your kitchen with an arched entryway, a Spanish style tiled mosaic backsplash, a terracotta tile floor and Mexican pottery. Add a dried chilli pepper garland hanging from the ceiling, or put a chilli pepper wreath on the wall.
Hot and Spicy
You don't have to take the chilli pepper so literally in your decorating scheme. Let the intensity of the chilli pepper be the foundation upon which you build your dream kitchen. Contrast black, sleek granite countertops, polished black cabinets and appliances on stark white walls by throwing in splashes of the bold red into the decor to draw attention: a red vase, tablecloth or overhead lampshade. Instead of typical houseplants, place a chilli pepper plant in the window. Line floating, polished black shelves with jars of pickled and preserved peppers and flavoured salsas.
If you love growing peppers to cook with, bring that passion into the kitchen. Paint your kitchen a light and airy colour, like lemon yellow with clean white accents and cabinets. Raid the garden store for kitchen decor: flower pots to hold utensils or a rake head to hang upside-down as hooks for your spatulas and cooking spoons. Slice a chilli down the centre vertically, and you have your own "rubber stamp" supplied by nature. Dip the cut side of the chilli into paint, and press it onto the wall to create a border or an accent wall. Find a charming old metal colander, spray paint it white and fill it with peppers, garlic and fresh herbs for a table centrepiece.
Chilli Pepper Merchandise
If you're not capable of changing your cabinets, counters, floors or appliances, you can still redecorate your kitchen in a chilli pepper style just by adding accessories. The love of the chilli pepper has inspired many different kitchen decor items imprinted with the cute capsicum. Buy a chilli pepper clock, hang chilli pepper plates or serving trays on the wall and get chilli pepper cookie jars to display on the counter. Drape your table with a cloth featuring peppers, or buy baking dishes shaped like peppers.
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