If you’re an avid cook and love to entertain, you’re likely to spend a lot of time in your kitchen. So, why not make cooking comfy and cosy by giving your kitchen a facelift that you’ll enjoy for hours on end? Not only will it make your kitchen more than just a functional space, it will also encourage you to host your entertaining there, relax and generally enjoy it for longer than it takes to whip up a mean spaghetti carbonara.
It’s no wonder kitchens are considered the heart of the home. To make your kitchen more inviting, consider the following suggestions and breathe new life into your soon-to-be favourite space in the whole house.
Play around with lighting
Good lighting is key in a kitchen, especially since you are using sharp objects and need to see what you’re doing. It’s important to fit your kitchen with bright lights that illuminate your preparations, but it’s also nice to have some mood lighting in other areas. Fix bright lights to your hob area, since that’s where you’re likely to be cooking anyway, then add soft overhead spotlights, cutesy lamps or lanterns to other corners of the room.
In this way, you have created two spaces: one in which to cook and one in which to relax and entertain.
Experiment with rugs and textiles
Who says your kitchen needs to painted a sterile white and that the floors always need to be gleaming? It might be a minimalist trend, but rugs and textiles can soften the hard, shiny surfaces that are so integral to kitchen design. If you have seating in your kitchen, make it more snug with some sheepskins or patterned cushions or add a long rug to a narrow kitchen to make it cosier and easier on your feet during the winter months.
Choose colourful cabinets
Again, who says your kitchen needs to be hospital white? Incorporate some warmer colours with a beautiful range of colourful cabinets. Bring a dose of summery yellow, earth green or autumnal red with Shaker Kitchens and enjoy their individual personalities and charm all year round.
Decorate with artwork and candles
Whether your kitchen is big or small, white or colourful, a piece of artwork can bring heaps of character to any space. Fill in the gaps between the worksurface and cabinets with little paintings and reserve blank walls for some bigger works that will draw the eye as soon as you walk in. If it’s a family home, display your kids’ artwork loud and proud. Such validation will see them dragging each and every visitor to your cosy kitchen to have a look!