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Studio McGee kitchen styling tips – the stars of Netflix’s Dream House Makeover share their design wisdom

Five simple kitchen styling tips that make a big difference from Studio McGee

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Over the last few months, Netflix has become a surprising source of interior design inspiration. The latest show Dream House Makeover features the bright and airy style of US-based Studio McGee and is packed with home and kitchen styling tips.

Founded by husband and wife team Syd and Shea McGee, Studio McGee specialises in the high-end casual look. Neutral colour schemes, natural wood finishes and relaxed open shelving are the bread and butter of the show. And the results are incredible, especially in the Kitchen.

While Studio McGee might specialise in the high-end look, that doesn't always mean high-end prices. Here are five simple Studio McGee kitchen styling tips from Instagram to get that luxurious look without the price tag.

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1. Stack tiles on a kitchen splashback

One of Shea McGee's top tips from the show was to stack your kitchen tiles instead of a typical brickwork layout. It is a simple thing that will give your kitchen a more modern and luxe finish. 

2. Go dark in a bright kitchen

While neutral colour palettes are a significant part of the Studio McGee aesthetic, interior designer, Shea knows the power of a dark finish. 

On Instagram, she demonstrated how a dark blue finish on kitchen cabinets can offset a bright space beautifully. In her own kitchen, Shea selected a dark brown stain for her central aisle to add extra depth to her white colour scheme. 

3. Put your cookware on display

Cookware shouldn't just be hidden away in drawers. Studio McGee loves to incorporate open shelving into their kitchens to showcase crockery, cooking tools and chopping boards. 

Display a well-loved Le Creuset dish, a stylish wooden cheese board or your dinner party plates. This is the perfect way to add personality to a kitchen without cluttering the surfaces.

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4. Incorporate art into your kitchen

A small print or framed picture can be all it takes to elevate an ordinary kitchen to something special. If you don't have the wall space to hang a picture, rest it on the counter top or a shelf. 

Just be careful to keep it away from the sink or any potential grease splatters.

5. Invest in a cookbook stand

A cookbook stand is not only helpful when checking to see what ingredient you need next, but it can also help you display your collection of cookbooks.

Many cookbooks feature incredible food photography that deserves to be shown off. You can change the recipe on display as you cook or with the season. Perhaps as a prompt to lure you back to your mixing bowl. 

For more inspiration visit the Studio McGee website and Instagram page. We defy you not to be captivated by their enchanting spaces.