Whether you’re preparing a home-cooked meal or enjoying a mid-afternoon coffee away from your desk, you’ll likely spend time in your kitchen every day of the week. The problem is that kitchens are predominantly designed as practical areas, rather than living spaces. So, if yours is a bit too clinical or simply lacklustre, read on for six easy ways to make your kitchen feel homely.
Cosy kitchen ideas
1. Inject some colour
Adding a splash of colour can help to break up a monochrome kitchen and gives you an opportunity to show some personality. You can go as bold or neutral as you like, but warm colours are best for creating a cosy atmosphere. Consider sprucing up tired kitchen cupboards, painting a feature wall or adding colourful backsplash tiling.
Another way to inject some colour is to choose furniture in a different shade to the rest of the room. At furniture.co.uk, our Victorian-inspired Florence kitchen range features calming blue, green and beige hues, that are neutral enough to pair with your existing décor.
Discover more simple ways to add colour to a neutral room on our blog.
2. Create a welcoming focal point
From quick lunches to wholesome evening meals, your dining area is the perfect spot to catch up with family and friends at mealtimes. As such, you’ll want to make it as warm and welcoming as possible.
In small kitchens, a breakfast bar or kitchen island will create a stylish centrepiece that people can gather around for drinks and snacks. Alternatively, if your dining area is within your kitchen, opt for a farmhouse style kitchen table with a stain-resistant acacia top. Not only are acacia wood tables highly practical, but the natural wood grain also offers a rustic look that’s guaranteed to make your kitchen more homely.
3. Introduce textiles
Since most kitchens are made up of practical, wipe-clean materials, they can look a little cold. That’s where soft furnishings come in. Adding textiles will help to soften the overall look of the room and provide a much-needed contrast against hard surfaces.
Place rugs under hardwood dining tables, display tea towels and oven mitts, furnish neutral white or truffle dining benches with cushions or install a linen roller-blind or fabric window drape. Colourful patterns provide a contemporary twist, while vintage floral prints exude country charm.
4. Choose comfortable seating
As a room you’ll visit multiple times a day, your kitchen should be both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. The latter is even more important if you’re going to be spending lots of time around the table, especially for family parties that extend into the evening.
With this in mind, we provide a range of robust and supportive wooden seating to match our solid wood dining tables. Whether you prefer sleek, ergonomic designs or upholstered kitchen chairs with plush seat pads, we have a style to suit you.
5. Accessorise countertops and tables
One of the simplest ways to create a homely kitchen, is to make it look more ‘lived in’. And no, that doesn’t mean cluttered. In fact, that would have the opposite effect as no one wants to spend time in a chaotic space. Instead, carefully select some items to have on show or incorporate coordinating kitchen accessories into your décor.
For example, you could display all dried goods in mason jars, showcase chopping boards on your counter top, or feature pretty crockery on a kitchen dresser with open shelves, to mimic country cottage styling. If you prefer to keep things simple, adding placemats and a fruit bowl to your dining table is an easy way to make it more inviting.
6. Add natural accents
Finally, consider including organic materials such as timber and copper in your kitchen design. Whether you choose subtle accents or standout pieces, these natural materials will add warmth and character to simply decorated kitchens. You could also include some low-maintenance plants or grow fresh herbs on your windowsill to help brighten the room and bring a little bit of the outdoors in.
7. Explore the Florence dining collection
Ready to create a more homely kitchen? Our best-selling Florence dining range is both stylish and robust, making it the perfect addition to busy family households. From tables and chairs to dressers and wooden benches, each timeless design is built to last using quality hardwood and will never go out of style. Explore the full Florence collection online to find your perfect kitchen furniture today.
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