The act of cooking—while at times a joy—can also grow very mundane, very quickly. It's easy to get stuck in a cooking rut and realize you've been making the same few meals on rotation for far too long or perhaps you've neglected your kitchen altogether in favor of dining out and ordering in. Either way, there's never a bad time to spruce up your kitchenware in an effort to breath new life into the space and just maybe to give yourself some much-needed motivation to get cooking.
You may have picked up essential kitchen items like mixing spoons, silverware, and oven mitts in a mad dash to fill the room with necessities when you first moved in, but once settled, it's time to invest in a few chic items to take your space to the next level. From sophisticated measuring cups to beautiful berry baskets, there are plenty of high-quality kitchen essentials that prioritize style just as much as function. Not sure where to start? Stock your kitchen with some of these kitchen essentials that are anything but boring. They look so good, they might actually inspire you to try out a few new recipes.
These hand-carved utensils are made by artisans in Guatemala, and each piece is entirely unique.
If you only stock your kitchen with one knife, make it this chic black chef's knife. It will get the job done and look good doing it.
This juicer looks vintage and contemporary all at the same time. It's pretty enough to leave on display.
Give your kitchen a quirky, retro element with this colorful toaster.
These berry baskets are perfect for storing and serving fresh fruit.
Upgrade your old silverware to this matte black set. They'll have you setting the table for a proper meal in no time.
A birch butter spreading knife to replace all of your butter and cheese knives. It's simple and likely matches any wooden cheese board you already own.
This Japanese enamel saucepan is a unique alternative to traditional stainless steel wares.
Made for displaying, this adorable honey pot and dipper is just the touch of whimsy any kitchen could use.
A set of Lithuanian linen napkins like these will inspire you to host a dinner party. They're hand-woven and stone-washed to perfection.
Don't be afraid to add a pop of color to your kitchen with some fun glassware. These hand-blown glasses are made of recycled glass and provide subtle flecks of color.
If anything could motivate you to bake, it's these golden measuring cups and spoons. Just another reason to whip up a batch of sweets.
Every kitchen needs a durable skillet for even the most basic cooking. This pan is from the well-loved French brand Le Creuset, which is notoriously worth the higher price tag.
Every kitchen needs a supply of paper plates and these copper ones are a stylish alternative to the kitchen staple.
These porcelain spice grinders are a simple upgrade that will totally elevate your space. Plus, buying spices whole and in bulk will save you money and allow you to get the most flavor out of your seasonings.
This beautiful serving platter will inspire you to whip up a full meal made for sharing. The splatter design is bold and colorful.
Anyone who loves a good cheese board should consider this set of knives a kitchen essential. It comes with three different cheese knives and comes in its own melamine and wood case.
Toss your old cloth oven mitt and upgrade to a beautiful leather version of the kitchen essential. They're made from 100% full-grain leather and can withstand temperatures up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.