As we find ourselves in the middle of the entertaining season, we tend to overlook our existing arsenal of culinary staples in favor of the decorative items. But when it comes down to the wire and you’re frantically bustling around the kitchen, the frustration of working with outdated gadgets or makeshift alternatives to necessary tools sets in.
The obvious fix would be to invest in a new version of each, but we’re here to take it a step further. Skewing from the utilitarian, it’s time to embrace the design-forward counterparts of everyday kitchen accessories.
Ahead are the culinary essentials that boast equal parts form and function—proving that the latter shouldn’t have to signify a compromise on style.
Kitchen Brush Set, Hawkins New York, $12
Style-focused kitchen brushes are crucial for elevating the sink surround. This handmade set—earmarked for various types of pots and pans alike—is one you’ll happily have out on display.
Chicwrap Dispenser, Chicwrap, $25–$75
Gone are the days of wrestling with an unruly box of plastic wrap. These streamlined and finely crafted dispensers can live out on the countertops as a seamless extension of the decor.
Glitter Sponge Set of Three, HAY, $10
This colorfully glam sponge set is here to provide you with much-needed relief from the sad, overused one that’s undoubtedly lurking in the kitchen sink.
Fein Measuring Cups, Ferm Living, $79
Consider brass a foolproof fix for elevating even the most mundane of kitchen staples. These sleek, Scandi-chic measuring cups are all the proof you need.
The Dutchess, Great Jones, $145
If your prized roast is going to be stewing on the stovetop for hours on end, it may as well look good doing it. We’re retiring our standard stainless steel cookware in favor of this vibrantly colorful alternative.
Cutting Boards, Valerie Objects, $912
Cutting boards that double as wall art are a definite win our books. The inspired palette and structure of this set designate it as one that’s *almost* too pretty to use.
Gold Nonstick Baking Sheet Sets, Nordic Ware, $48
This lustrous take on the standard sheet pan promises a subtle yet decoratively impactful upgrade we all deserve.
Blip Spoon Rest, MoMA Design Store, $29
While the edge of a pot is one place to rest a spoon, we’re much more inclined to embrace this mirror-polished alternative instead.
Marble Salt Cellar, Anthropologie, $38
Nothing says “I’m a culinary pro” quite like having a chic salt cellar to complement your countertop.
Shiny Gold Cheese Grater, CB2, $9.95
Yet another simple swap that’ll go a long way, this lustrous cheese grater will pair perfectly with a generous block of your finest cheese.
Glass Measuring Jug and Juicer, Father Rabbit, $45
A two-in-one essential for freshly squeezed citrus, this jug and juicer can be casually left out beside the salad bowl.