The kitchen is the heart of the home, and every home needs a comfortable space for gathering. Not all of us have the privilege of building our own kitchen from top to bottom, so it can be helpful to have a few hospitality tricks up your sleeve.
In lieu of the upcoming Christmas holiday, spruce up your kitchen and dining area, and prepare for company. Take a moment to read through this brief summary, highlighting a few creative ways to create a more welcoming kitchen in your home.
Colors are huge part of the ensemble
Look into the psychology of colors, and consider giving your kitchen a coat of paint. If you are into white, then you should use several different shades of white across the space to add depth. Adding organic splashes of color will make your kitchen feel more lively and fresh.
Shades of blue naturally induce a calming feeling in visitors. Adding shades of red portray passion and spice in your kitchen cuisine. Color is powerful, so educate yourself on the shades of comfort.
Lighting can warm up a space
How you choose to light up the space matters. Change out those old fluorescent lights for LED lighting. The glow of an LED bulb is much more tolerable. A small dining lamp is also a great way to warm up your kitchen.
In addition to updating your bulbs, consider adding lights underneath counters and below cabinets. The accent of the low lights adds warmth to your kitchen area. They are also great for lighting the space during the night for an easy trip to the restroom.
Rethink your storage options
The way you store things in your kitchen can make it feel cluttered and cramped. You may want to rethink your kitchen’s storage options.
Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling will not only save space, it will make you look like a seasoned chef in the kitchen. Removing cabinet doors also helps to open up the space.
Seating makes us all more cozy
When you go into the kitchen/dining area of a home, you are probably scanning for a cozy place to plant yourself. A kitchen without comfortable seating is a travesty.
Invest time and effort into your seating arrangements in the kitchen. Make sure the seating is comfy, but still easy to sit in while you are eating. A recliner, for example, would probably not work out very well in the kitchen.
What to set on the countertops
Look around your kitchen, and see what you have lying on the countertops. Stray pieces of mail and half empty chip bags are not a good example of counter toppers for the kitchen.
Try adding a basket filled with fresh fruit or a banana hammock. Fresh cut flowers or an herb garden are also great accent pieces for the space.