Give Your Kitchen A Cheerful Makeover

Give Your Kitchen A Cheerful Makeover
by Hally Dugan

A kitchen should be more than just a place to cook. Wouldn’t you agree with me if I say the kitchen has a certain charm and warmth that makes it a nice place to chat with family and friends? I’m guessing it has something to do with the informal ambiance as opposed to the primness associated with the dining room and the formality of the living room. Decorating your kitchen to maximize this inviting aura is tempting. It will make hanging out in the kitchen much more fun.

A favorite place is usually a happy place. Just think of Disneyland, the happiest place on earth! It’s a beloved destination for young and adults alike. Making your kitchen a cheerful place starts with having good lighting. Take advantage of natural light by using fluffy curtains, window blinds or sheer panels. Even at night, these window covers can make peeping out to the starry sky effortless.

Next, add a comfortable rug. You may think a rug in the kitchen is a bad idea. After all, won’t it get stained and dirty from all the spills and grease splatters? You can add an element of softness to your room if you choose the right rug. Look for a rug that is scotch guarded to protect against stains. You could also consider using an outdoor rug that is meant to get wet and dirty. Braided rugs are another great option for the kitchen. Make sure you bring a comfortable rug into the room so your feet won’t ache as you spend hours cooking that holiday dinner for the whole family.

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You should also add some shelves in your kitchen to display trinkets and collectibles. Consider starting a collection of beautiful antique teacups or tea pots. You can find these in a variety of colors and designs and they make great conversation starters when guests come over. You could also hang beautiful plates on the wall. Look for unusual plates in bright colors or interesting shapes.

Paint your walls a bright, cheerful color such as buttercup yellow or lavender. Soft colors will make your kitchen appear bigger and reflect natural light to make the room appear bright and inviting. When you repaint the walls, you could also consider giving your cabinets a makeover. If you can’t afford to replace your cabinets, a fresh coat of paint can make them look like new. White cabinets are a great choice to match any wall color or appliances.

You can also create a cheerful kitchen with the help of family photos. Whether you display large portraits on the wall or small photos on the refrigerator, nothing makes a kitchen feel more warm and inviting than the addition of treasured family photos. Find some beautiful frames that compliment you color scheme and display your cherished family photos for everyone to see. Place the frames on countertops, shelves, or in window sills to add a touch of sentiment in each corner of your kitchen. Photos make your kitchen warm and welcoming.

Everything warm, cozy and pretty will lack their luster if your kitchen is ill kept. Make sure that you have a clean place to cook, eat and hang out in.

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