In most homes, the kitchen is the main hub. It’s where you pour and enjoy your morning coffee, where kids gather after school, or where you commiserate with friends while cooking dinner and having wine. It’s where you share good food and company with your family and guests – but is the space fulfilling its obligations? Check out these five tips to make your kitchen the heart of your home.
5 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Cozier and Friendlier
Your kitchen can – and probably should – be the most unique room in your home. It’s where you can go to feel comfortable, whether you’re shuffling across the floor in your slippers or you’re dressed to impress for a fabulous dinner party. And because it plays such an important role in your house, it’s the one place that truly needs to reflect you. Check out these tips to add a little panache to your space:
- Use its architecture to your advantage
- Let materials speak for themselves
- Aim for little details
- Put in some contrast
- Spark conversation with finishing touches
Here’s a closer look at each.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #1: Use its architecture to your advantage
If your kitchen has a fabulous detail, like exposed ceiling beams, make use of it – and if not, you can add your own. And remember, if your home has what you’d consider a run-of-the-mill kitchen, some of the best spaces have “after-market” parts, like pendant chandeliers and two-tone paint between the walls and the cabinetry.
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Cozy Kitchen Tip #2: Let materials speak for themselves
Stone, wood and other natural materials are perfect in kitchens because they add warmth and bring the room to life. You don’t have to remodel, though; you can add touches with natural materials (like stone containers and wooden cutting boards).
Cozy Kitchen Tip #3: Aim for little details
In a cozy kitchen, little details pack a powerful punch. It’s not just about decor, either; it’s about adding things that are comfortable. An appropriately sized plant on the windowsill, a fluffy rug where you do your dishes or a hanging pot rack can make all the difference in the world, whether your kitchen is small or large.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #4: Put in some contrast
A cozy kitchen looks like it’s used – it doesn’t look like a museum where you’re afraid to touch things. (There’s nothing wrong with that kind of kitchen, either, if that’s your style!) That doesn’t mean you should keep shabby items on display, but it does mean that mixing vintage and new items can give your space a tremendous style boost.
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Cozy Kitchen Tip #5: Spark conversation with finishing touches
Every kitchen needs a finishing touch that sparks conversation. Whether you choose a fresh fruit basket on the counter, a fabulous chandelier dangling above the bar or a piece of art, there’s always space in the kitchen for something that gets people to feel more comfortable.
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