13 Smile-Inducing Items That'll Get Your Kitchen Ready for Summer

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Much like the holidays, a change in seasons is a great way to do a quick style refresh on a room in your home. But attempting to switch out elements of your decor to match the coming summer months can be tricky, especially if you don't know where to start. Tackle the task in the heart of your home, the kitchen, where plenty of warm-weather barbecues and al fresco meals will take place. By replacing basic things like your neutral dish towels and plain rug with ones containing bright colors and eye-catching geometric patterns, the space will instantly exude the carefree, sunny vibe you've been yearning for all year. Here are 13 items that'll make sure your kitchen sets the scene for all that summer has in store.

Akilah Jacquard Dishtowel Set

Brighten up your kitchen with a set of these akilah jacquard dishtowels from Anthropologie ( $24 ). The vibrant colors and eclectic patterns will create a welcomed contrast against the neutral palette and clean lines of your minimalist kitchen.

Safavieh Ramona Runner

Add this runner from Target ( starting at $30.39 ) under your sink to immediately make your kitchen feel more pulled together. The classic colors and bold graphic pattern means you won't have to put this rug away when fall rolls around, either.

Pineapple Acacia Wood Cutting Board

Use this pineapple cutting board from World Market ( $15.29 ) to display tropical garnishes for fruity cocktails, or assemble a picture-worthy cheese plate to enjoy al fresco. Then, prop it against your counter as its own work of art.

Scandinavian Kitchen Canister Set

Keep your counters neat with this Scandinavian canister set from Wayfair ( $35.99 ). The bamboo tops and tone-on-tone honeycomb design are subtle details that will coordinate with almost any palette.

Bamboo Kitchen Tool Set

This bamboo kitchen tool set from All Modern ( $20.99 ) will have you itching to cook an equally brightly-colored dinner. And since bamboo is less porous than regular wood and as strong as steel, you can be sure these will last through a busy summer full of barbecues.

Sand + Fog Watermelon Candle

This watermelon scented candle from Nordstrom Rack ( $10.97 ) will have your kitchen smelling sweet and summery in no time. It doesn't hurt that it comes in a chic pink glass container, too.

Brushed Wire Fruit Bowl

Give your favorite fruits a stylish place to rest with this brushed wire fruit bowl from Anthropologie ( starting at $12 ). The tiered design will keep your fruits fresher longer, and add a bit of height to your counter top.

Transparent Acrylic Jug

Fill this transparent acrylic jug from Zara ( $29.90 ) with simple iced lemon water for regular occasions, or serve a pitcher of rosé sangria for a party. The simple striped detail and durable design also works as a rustic vase for summer flowers, too.

Do Us All a Flavor Shaker Set

Make seasoning your food fun with these cactus salt and pepper shakers from Modcloth ( $11.99 ). Pair these with a natural woven placemat and flowers for an easy centerpiece you can't help but smile about.

Mineral 03 Print

Adorn your kitchen walls with this mineral 03 print from Minted ( starting at $23 ) and you'll be greeted every day by the same calming blues found in the ocean. This one's guaranteed to get your day started on the right foot.

Cabo Woven Placemats

This set of Cabo woven placemats ( $48 ) is a festive detail to add to a dinner party. Pair these with white dishes and simple cutlery for a tropical vibe that will rival any five-star resort.

Herb Planter With Scissors

Keep fresh herbs right at your fingertips with this herb planter from Crate and Barrel ( $29.95 ). The small pair of scissors on the side ensures that you'll always be able to snip a strip of rosemary or basil right when you need it.

Green Ticking Half Apron

When you're grilling up a feast for your friends, you need an apron that's going to work as hard as you are. This apron from Food 52 ( $88 ) is durable without compromising on style, thanks to its classic stripes.

Ashley Tyler is a South Florida-based freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Nova Southeastern University. When she's not writing, she can be found chasing around her two young sons, cooking up a storm or tackling multiple DIY projects.

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