It’s week two of The Cozy Kitchen Ideas Series. If you missed Part One: The Basics, please use this link to read the first post in this series.
Last week we covered the basics behind creating a cozy kitchen, so now it’s time to start thinking about setting a welcoming mood in the kitchen. No one wants to work or spend time in a dark, uninviting kitchen so let’s talk about how to create a pleasant mood and a vibrant and attractive space.
A Few Words about the Kitchen
A great kitchen isn’t a trophy kitchen that shows off picture prefect appliances and sports the latest design trends. I believe the best kitchen is one that is a reflection of the family that uses it. Such a kitchen is welcoming, cheery, bright, full of personality and charm, and yet functional. This kitchen gives the homemaker a happy feeling when she works there and provides her family with a comfortable place to eat and gather.
Now, let’s dive into Part Two: The Mood!
Let there be light! It’s hard for me to work in a dim kitchen. Light elevates my mood so a bright kitchen is a must for me. During the day, the blinds are pulled up to let in natural light. When the evening comes, I turn on all the kitchen’s lights and use battery operated pillars and tea lights to brighten the space.
My new obsession is using mason jars to add decorative light to the kitchen. Check out these fabulous coffee bean tea lights pictured below. Bright, functional, and subtly scented…just perfect for the kitchen. One of my spring projects is to create a coffee bean mason jar lamp like the one shown here at Crafts Unleashed. Isn’t that clever?
Go green. Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with plants. Houseplants aren’t just pretty; they help freshen the air as well. If you have a sunny space on a countertop or on a windowsill, grow a small indoor herb garden or allow a little houseplant to flourish there.
Another easy way to add green to your kitchen is by using fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are always on my grocery list and they’re always on my kitchen table. Fresh flowers instantly add a burst of color and beauty to the kitchen. Pick out your own flowers and create your own floral arrangements.
Make the space scent-sational. The kitchen can easily become a smelly place if we’re not careful. The garbage disposal and trash bin can create unpleasant odors and evidence of the Friday fish fry can linger into Sunday if we don’t have odor controls. My favorite way to keep the kitchen smelling fresh is by using it to cook tasty goodies for the family. Who wouldn’t love to come into a kitchen that smells of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or a buttery pound cake?
You can add a bit of decor while keeping odors away too. I use plug in wax warmers to keep my kitchen smelling nice. The warmers come in a wide variety of designs and colors, so you’re sure to find something to match your kitchen. You can also find a huge selection of scented wax cubes that will keep your space smelling wonderful.
Work on the windows. Curtains set the atmosphere in the kitchen so don’t overlook them. Consider the fabric, color, style, and shape of the curtains. I like to save lengthy curtains for the living and dining rooms, so my kitchen windows feature horizontal wooden blinds and simple valances with loops.
Curtains can be expensive and I usually have a hard time finding something I like, so I prefer to sew my own curtains. If you find a fabulous fabric on sale or in the clearance bin (the first place I look when in the fabric store!), you can create custom curtains that will give your kitchen a unique look and feel. I’m far from an experienced seamstress but have been able to sew my own curtains. You can find a lots of ideas for easy to sew curtains on my Pinterest board, Sew Amazing: Window Treatments.
Now that you’re in the right mood, get busy! Spring is here and summer gatherings are soon to come. Spend the week planning ways to create a pleasant mood in your kitchen. This will remind your family and friends that there’s no place like home!
Don’t forget to check in next week for the final installment of The Cozy Kitchen Ideas Series. We’ll talk about interesting storage options and unique decor.
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