Have you wondered how the kitchen seems to go in and out of fashion? Yes me too! Sometimes, it’s an afterthought; at others, it’s more or less the most important room in the house. That’s where we are right now. Perhaps it’s because we are all enjoying cooking more than in the past, or maybe because we prefer hosting friends and family in our homes rather than going out. Whatever the reason, we are all spending more time in our kitchens. So take a look at yours: do you want to spend time there, or does it have you reaching for the take away menus? Below, are ways you can take a look at how you can make your kitchen more inviting, cosy, and comfortable. And just in time for the long winter months, too.
Trim the Fat
Your kitchen might otherwise be perfect, but if you find that you’re constantly getting frustrated at all the little bits and pieces that are taking up precious space, then it won’t be long before you want to be anywhere else. To get your kitchen in tip-top condition, look at having a clear out of all the clutter that can accumulate in the kitchen. It’s much more enjoyable to cook and hang out with other people in a well-organised, clutter-free space.
Of course, it’s all good and well getting rid of the clutter. But most of what’s in your kitchen isn’t clutter: it’s just, you know, the stuff you need to have a well-run kitchen. But that doesn’t mean that all those items get a free pass to disrupt the enjoyment of the space. So do get them all out of the way. There are plenty of smart storage space options that you might not have thought of before, including making the most of the “dead space” in the corner of the room. While you might want to tastefully hang some of your cooking equipment on the walls, most of them can be cleared away, so you don’t even know that they’re there.
Upgrade Your Appliances
There’s nothing worse than trying to cook with sub par tools. This is something that many people overlook, too – they think they are just bad at cooking, but in actual fact, it’s all because they don’t have the right equipment. Therefore if you’re going to make your kitchen a place that you want to be, then don’t overlook your appliances. High-quality pots, pans, knives, and so on really are worth their weight in gold and take things to the next level.If you're going to make your kitchen a place that you want to be, then don't overlook your appliances.Click To Tweet
Mix Up the Materials
Most people don’t think too hard about the decor choices of their kitchen, purely because the main consideration is making sure that it has everything it needs to be a fully functioning space. And in any case, once you’ve set on a look, it can be difficult to change aspects without changing it all up. That doesn’t mean that you’re not able to make the kitchen look more interesting, however. One of the best ways is to mix up the materials. A bamboo fruit bowl, for example, or a stone chopping board will make the room look more aesthetically pleasing.
Change the Lighting
As with most rooms, the lighting plays a huge role in how you view your kitchen. If you’ve only got one bright, overhead light, then it’ll be difficult to get into the “cosy Sunday evening, cooking up a satisfying meal” vibe. If that’s where you find yourself, then look at changing your lighting for something more inspiring. Pendant lights are an excellent choice because they allow you to light just part of the room, rather than the whole thing. Check out these collections, and make your kitchen’s lighting more in-tune with a comfortable, inviting space. This type of lighting might just transform your kitchen.
Perhaps we’ve all grown tired of television and the like, but we’re spending less time in the living room. Many of us now prefer to spend our time having a conversation, a cup of coffee in hand, at a breakfast table in the kitchen. You can add these no matter how small your kitchen is; if you’re short on space, look at adding a fold-down table. The best option, however, is to go for the open-plan kitchen. This will have your kitchen naturally feed into a social area, which allows everyone to be together when the meal is being cooked (it’s especially nice for the cook!).
Display the Ingredients
You want your kitchen to look and feel like a place where you’re cooking, so don’t hide everything away! Instead, artfully arrange some of your ingredients on display. We don’t mean making a centre space for your five-litre bottle of bargain olive oil, but if you’ve got a craft bottle of olive oil? Then go for it. You can do this with your spices, fruit bowl of citrus, and coffees and teas, too.
Works of Art
There’s always room for art! Liven up your kitchen by adding a work of art to proceedings. The only rules are that it should be unique (or at least not found everywhere) and something related to the kitchen.
Stay on Top of Cleanliness
And finally, one that sounds simple, but is easy to overlook: stay on top of the cleanliness of your kitchen! Most people know to wipe down the surfaces after they’ve finished cooking, but you’ll also want to give your kitchen a deeper clean every now and again. Those crumbs – not to mention germs – can build up. There’s a big difference between spending some time in a kitchen that just feels grimy and one that feels spotless. It’s one of those things that is really worth the effort.
Your kitchen has huge potential, so don’t let it go to waste. Take the time to get your kitchen into shape, and you’ll be able to bask in the enjoyment of hanging out with your family, friends, and cooking up a storm. There are only a handful of rooms in your house that make a big difference, but the kitchen is definitely one of them.
Deborah Hunter Kells
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