I hope you’ve enjoyed The Cozy Kitchen Ideas Series. Today is the last post of the series. If you’re just joining us, please go back and check out the previous posts, Part One: The Basics and Part Two: The Mood.
Now that we understand the basics and have set a welcoming mood in the kitchen, let’s talk about how to pull the kitchen together using a few decorative accents and interesting storage options!
Create a mix of old and new using items that you love. My kitchen contains some older elements that reflect my family’s history. A few of my grandmother’s rolling pins are prominently showcased in the rolling pin rack pictured below. My great grandmother’s well-worn half apron and another great grandmother’s cookie jar are all old elements on display in my kitchen. Not only do these sentimental elements add charm to the kitchen, they make me feel good each time I see them.
Older pieces add interest to the kitchen, but newer accents such as my rolling pin rack bring a bit of fun into the space as well. When I saw the holder at TJMaxx, I knew it would create a unique focal point in my kitchen. Originally, the rack was white, but I painted it red to match my kitchen’s decor. It is truly the piece that makes the room pop.
I love how my older family gems look great alongside more modern items like my stand mixer, blender, and coffee brewer. When old and new come together in the kitchen, something wonderful happens! There’s just something special about using my newer stand mixer to prepare the dough for my grandmother’s infamous sugar cookies, using her old rolling pin to flatten the dough, and then cutting cookies with cookie cutters from my childhood.
Spruce up the table with fabric and glass. Our kitchen table is a Craig’s List find. The wood is beautiful and the table and chairs are sturdy. Unfortunately the surface had been marred by homeschooling pencil markings, mealtime beverage spills, and another stain I created (oops!).
I found a great way to salvage the tabletop and add color to the kitchen. I purchased an eye-catching striped fabric and cut it down to the tabletop’s exact dimensions (no overhang like a traditional tablecloth). I then placed a placed a large piece of custom cut glass on top of the fabric. Once spruced up with flowers and decorative placemats, the table looked as good as new. If I decide to change colors in the kitchen, I can easily swap out the fabric. Plus, the glass top makes it easier to clean the table.
Find unique storage options. Storage is a big issue in the kitchen, especially in a smaller one like mine. The lower cabinets house two large slow cookers, one big stand mixer, a 6 quart pressure cooker, a heavy waffle iron, the super sized griddle needed to cook pancakes for 5 people, and a myriad of stoneware baking and serving pieces. The upper cabinets are full of dishes. It’s a tight fit!
Drawer space is just as limited, so whenever possible, I remove items from the drawers and store them on the countertops in unique attractive containers. I use my great grandmother’s large cookie jar as a storage container for the serving pieces used during large gatherings. The bright and cheerful planter pictured on the right keeps all my everyday kitchen utensils within easy reach.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s the place where meals are served, family and friends gather, and ultimately where memories are made. Your kitchen should reflect the personality of the people who live there. Take the time to make your kitchen warm and cozy! It’s well worth the time and effort!
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