From Dean Dowd on October 06, 2009 in Kitchen Remodel
Kitchens arent just for cooking and baking. When I have friends over, where do you think everyone hangs out? You guessed right, they pile into the kitchen and mine is small. Theres something communal and magnetic about sitting around the table over hot plates and good conversation. And since the holidays are almost here, its time to make the kitchen as warm and cozy as we can.
Here are five quick, easy and inexpensive ways to create a warm and inviting kitchen:
Candles and Garden Cuttings
You dont need flowers to create a masterpiece arrangement. Leafy branches from bushes, rosemary or crepe myrtle are excellent cuttings for an arrangement. Add ferns and drape ivy over the vase for an extra touch of intrigue. Start collecting unique vases of varying sizes and change the size and arrangement each week to keep your kitchen looking fresh. Candles always add warmth - place them around the kitchen for splashes of color. Scented candles like cranberry or cinnamon keep your kitchen smelling yummy.
Plants and Lights
Potted plants will create interest and easily warm up the kitchen. Good plant choices are Braided Ficus tree, Palm, dwarf Lemon tree, or Dracaena. Buy a basic clay pot with texture and paint it deep, warm colors. Drape clear bistro lights throughout the larger plants and trees for maximum coziness.
Hang a mirror in your kitchen. The reflective surface of a mirror will make the kitchen appear larger and add more natural light during the day. At night, the mirror will sparkle and dazzle as it catches reflections of candlelight and soft glows. You can go to garage sales, flea markets or the Salvation Army, even if you have a decent budget. Its fun to create your own signature item and youre also doing your part to recycle. Find a mirror with a large, wooden frame so you can paint it the color of your choice. Lowes sells little tiny cans of custom paint. If your kitchen is Shabby Chic, you may want to give the frame a cool, distressed look.
Warm Wall Color
Sometimes, all it takes to add a warm and cozy feel is to update the wall color. Warm colors like pumpkin-spice, caramel apple, toasted wheat, creamy avocado, Dijon mustard, orangey-red persimmon and other colors with yellow undertones will add beautiful warmth instantly.
Whether its a built-in or standalone wine rack, the bottles will add texture and color. The Bali wine rack shown here features wavy lines coupled with a rich, warm red color.
It doesnt take much to create a warm and cozy kitchen and as you can see by these quick and easy tips, its fun and inexpensive. Lets face it, our friends and family will always want to hang out in the kitchen, so we might as well give in and cozy it up a bit.