Designing, building, and decorating dollhouses is a hobby that many people not only enjoy but refine well into adulthood. Like painting, crafting, or any other artistic form of expression, it offers endless opportunities for creativity and enjoyment.
If you enjoy decorating dollhouses and got here looking for a primer on how to decorate the perfect dollhouse kitchen, follow this basic step-by-step guide to complete your creation.
First, you have to know what you want to create. Of course, you can form your craft as you go, but it still helps to proceed with a baseline vision.
For instance, are you attempting to create a fully-modern, open-concept dollhouse kitchen with a neutral color aesthetic? Is the rest of your dollhouse more industrial? Perhaps a French country design? Or are you looking to create a colonial kitchen with exposed woodwork and stone walls?
Defining your vision will help guide the process.
Finish the Walls and Floor
The first step towards actually decorating a dollhouse kitchen is to finish the walls and floor. While you can finish the walls with real wood wainscoting or stone, (or paint them) dollhouse wallpaper is a popular alternative.
It is affordable, easy to apply, and comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes, some of which simulate stone, wood, brick, and more.
The same goes for the floor. You can get dollhouse flooring sheets made to simulate hardwood floors, brick, stone, and tile.
Add Cabinets and Counters
Once the floors and walls have been finished, it’s time to fill in the areas on this blank kitchen canvas with miniature dollhouse cabinets and countertops.
Some crafters improve these from matchboxes, cardboard, and craft wood panels, but there are many high-quality miniature models you can purchase online that are pre-made and ready to install.
Add a Sink and Appliances
Once you’ve added countertops, cabinets, and other storage spaces, next up you’ll want to add a sink and appliances. No kitchen is complete without a stove, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator (unless you’re creating a bygone period piece) so make sure you leave some room in your kitchen’s interior for these.
Kitchens are unique in the home in that floor lamps and table lamps are rare. These are more appropriate in bedrooms, offices, and parlors.
For the kitchen, focus your attention on alternative lighting solutions like pendant lights and other overhead lights. Hanging lights and chandeliers are also suitable for kitchens – but they will add a rather stately touch so be sure what you choose works with the aesthetic you’re working so hard to cultivate.
Include a Dining Set with a Table, Chairs, or Stools
In many homes (and therefore, dollhouses), kitchens serve the additional function of dining space. Be sure to include a dining set, including a table and chairs, in your dollhouse kitchen. That is unless you’ve created a modern design with countertop dining – in which case stools will be more appropriate.
With the walls and floors finished, the counters, fixtures, and appliances set into place, and the lighting complete, you can spruce up your dollhouse’s miniature kitchen with extras.
Now you can make your dollhouse kitchen a home. Set about the marks of life by adding utensil sets to the kitchen; some pots and pans to the counters or the stove; line exposed shelves with jars, cans, cooking oil, and other miniature foodstuffs. Flex your creativity here!
If you want to create a snapshot in time that makes the house look “lived in,” you can add place settings or craft miniature meals and set the places on the table.
Dollhouse City: For All Your Dollhouse Decor
Whether you’re looking for dollhouse flooring, lighting, a dollhouse kitchen set, or miniature cooking utensils and supplies, Dollhouse City is the place to go.
They carry a huge range of accessories, furniture, and sets for dollhouses, perfect for decorating and embellishing every room in the house (and the exterior!), along with building parts and wiring kits.
They carry everything you need (and then some) to design and decorate the perfect dollhouse, regardless of your vision. Visit their website today and if you have any questions contact them at Questions@DollhouseCity.com.