How To Create An Inviting Kitchen

How To Create An Inviting Kitchen

Whilst a minimalist style is a very popular and current one in interior design, if it isn’t done correctly then it can leave important areas like your kitchen cold and uninviting. The kitchen is a place that should be welcoming and where you want to spend time, whether cooking or interacting with people. This is why there has been a growing trend for wholesome ‘shaker’ style kitchens.

Although these kitchens are stylish in their own way, it isn’t their primary concern to look or be fancy. Instead the idea is to create a warm and friendly environment that is both simple in design and traditional.

Here are some style tips to make your kitchen more inviting and less like a generic.

Open Shelving
One of the simplest ways to add character and practicality to an area is with open shelving. Not all of your cupboards require doors and by introducing open shelves you are actually able to show off ceramics and your fine crockery or glasses. If you have too much junk then you can use baskets on the shelves to have the area open but not put every individual piece on display, this is also another fine way to add some style points.

Get Wood
Traditionally shaker style kitchens really embrace wooden paneled units. The use of woods such as maple can add a warming touch and can also be painted to suit your personal preference. This also means that if your kitchen is also looking a bit worse for wear then you can simply repaint the panels for a quick and easy revamp.

A Peg Rail
Incorporating a peg rail into your kitchen not only adds a great storage option but also style points too. Whether you want to use it for keeping coats on or even pots and pans, a peg rail is something you can even create yourself with a strip of wood and several pegs.

Tile It Up
Tiles are a great way to create a traditional look and they are also a lot easier to clean than if you were to make a mess cooking with painted walls. Tiles can be a great way to merge the cupboards and paintwork together and you should look to choose a style and colour that compliments the kitchen. It is probably a good idea to avoid or limit tiles that have a pattern on them as this can clash with the rest of the room.

If your kitchen is large enough then you should definitely consider putting in some freestanding furniture such as an island bay or breakfast table. This will not only make the kitchen more of a social area but it will also add to its traditional and inviting appearance. Think smartly when making these choices and you can end up with a table or island bay that provides you with several storage options too, helping you to get the most out of your kitchen space.