Beat the Winter Blues with a Cozy Kitchen
There are a lot of things to love about Winter, but everyone tends to be affected to some degree by the chilly weather and the shorter days. It might be cold outside, but you can beat the winter blues and create a cozy kitchen using certain design elements. Here are a few of our favorites:
Let There Be Light
During the day, open your window’s shades and curtains to let the light stream into your kitchen. Not only will this help highlight your vintage kitchen design, it will warm up the space and help improve your mood. There are fewer hours of sunlight during winter, so you have to take advantage of them while you can!
Mirrors may be a nontraditional decor item for the kitchen, but they provide a beautiful shine to the room and help reflect the natural light that streams in from the windows. In order for mirrors to have this effect, they must be hung directly opposite from your windows.
Incorporate Uplifting Shades
A monochromatic color palette is gorgeous for both modern and vintage kitchen styles. But during the winter, all you see outside is white snow. Bring some brightness into your life by incorporating small splashes of hues like coral, red or yellow into your kitchen design. Try swapping your usual dinnerware for bright plates and bowls or display colorful pieces on open shelving. These shades will help energize the room during a dreary winter day.
Use Wood Features
Wood is a material that brings warmth and comfort into your kitchen. Use wood in your flooring, kitchen cabinets, island or dinner table. And if you have a modern kitchen design, wood combines well with those cool contemporary features to create a perfectly balanced and inviting atmosphere.
Just because outside may not be boasting much greenery doesn’t mean that your kitchen can’t. Incorporate botanicals into the room such as aloe vera, spider plant, Gerber daisy or golden pothos – all of which bring beauty into the home and help purify the air, eliminating common volatile organic compounds.
Generate a feeling of warmth and coziness in your kitchen by replacing your typical tablecloth with a plaid blanket. Not only does this bring in color, it adds a soft texture to the space. Let the blanket drape all the way to the floor for a stylish yet casual touch to your kitchen.
With these tips in mind you’ll have no problem braving the Winter season. Now you just need to add a coffee(or hot cocoa) station to your kitchen for the ultimate cozy retreat!