Whether you’ve officially upgraded from roommate life to your own apartment (in which case, congrats!), or are just tired of depending solely on takeout to survive (also congrats-worthy), shopping for an “adult status” kitchen can feel a little daunting. But once you’ve acquired the kitchen essentials below, you’ll be whipping up Instagram-worthy meals 24/7.
Since your kitchen is the heart of your home, remember to purchase pieces that are not only functional but also feel good and reflect the overall vibe of your space. Don’t know where to start looking? Our top seven unique and beautiful kitchen essentials will give you all the cozy “Ahhh, I'm home" feels and will help you cook up plenty of delicious concoctions. Scroll on to get cooking!
This knife is a standout thanks to its high-carbon stainless steel blade, ergonomic handle with a rubber grip (making it far less easy for you to cut yourself), and a five-year warranty. Not to mention it comes in this dreamy aqua blue hue for a burst of brightness in your kitchen!
What good is a chef’s knife without a proper cutting board? The last thing you want to do is chop veggies on a bare counter and end up cracking it, so a quality cutting board is well worth investing in. As for where to shop, Etsy is hands down our favorite spot for custom cutting boards that practically double as art in your kitchen. I mean, can we stop and appreciate the beautiful board above from FoodieBords? It features a stunner variety of cherry, walnut, ambrosia, and maple woods. This mix of colored woods ensures your board will complement any kitchen color scheme you could dream up.
Want to scramble the perfect egg, fry up the fluffiest pancakes, and sear the juiciest burgers? You need a cast iron skillet! And if you get a deep skillet like the one above, it doubles as a pot for cooking up cozy pastas, hearty soups, and fresh sauces. We’re super into Lodge’s seasoned cast iron skillets because they’re ready to use right away, safe for all cooking surfaces (and can go in your oven), and will straight up last for over one hundred years if you take good care of them!
And, since you won’t need any other pots or pans, you can use those extra funds for other easy ways to update your home decor.
Speaking of cooking up pasta, without a colander, you are doomed to eternally mushy carbs that will never achieve al-dente glory. I know, the horror. And beyond draining pasta, you’ll want a colander around to rinse off salad greens, get the dirt off fresh berries, and even strain yogurt if you want to get all kinds of DIY.
While a metal colander will get the draining job done, we suggest checking out Etsy artisans to find an equally effective but artistically epic colander that you’ll want to leave out on your counter as a decoration. It makes the perfect fruit basket, too!
Another necessary tool for just about any recipe out there? A mixing bowl! You’ll use this kitchen staple every single day for things like tossing salads together, whisking eggs for a quick omelet, folding chocolate chips into cookie dough, and possibly just for eating cereal when you’re seriously hungry and need a massive serving.
While you can find a mixing bowl at pretty much any homewares site, this is another item where we totally recommend hitting up Easy to find a bowl that’s not only sturdy, but elegant.
Newsflash: you can’t properly celebrate your newly stocked dream kitchen without a wine opener. Don’t be the sad human trying to dig a cork out of that Dom Perignon with a spoon or knife. Save yourself the struggle and invest in a wine opener you will love forever like this swoon-worthy piece of copper from Williams & Sonoma.