The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays when you’re cooking up lots of delicious food and baking tons of sweets for your loved ones (or, you know, ordering Chinese and pouring all the wine). Here are five decor ideas to warm up your kitchen this holiday season, making it feel even more homey:
Add a rug
Rugs in the kitchen? Yes and YES. We especially love modern kitchens with unexpected, traditional kilim rugs or letting the rug provide the pop of color your room needs. Plus, it will keep your feet warm while dancing around to Bing Crosby and taste-testing your concoctions.
Organize with baskets
Nothing brings warmth to a room like a little texture. Adding baskets to the countertops or open shelving can not only help you organize your odds and ends, but add a comfort element to an otherwise sterile and streamlined kitchen.
Paint a chalkboard wall
We love the casual but chic feel of a chalkboard in the kitchen. It definitely makes your grocery list more fun & creative, while also making the room feel more lived in. You don’t have to settle for just chalkboard black, either. Lowes carries chalkboard paints in all kinds of colors.
Add some plant life
Plants are a great way to add life (get it?) to the kitchen. If your natural light is minimal, you can always place cut flowers in a vase when people come over. However, we really love the idea of a small herb garden in the window that you can use while cooking! Most useful herbs: basil, rosemary and parsley. Plus, they’re fragrant plants and may even relax you during stressful meal planning.
Warm some spices
Don’t have time to make any big changes (or the cash flow to buy the above)? The easiest way to make your kitchen feel more homey is to put some delicious spices and fruit on the stovetop and let the amazing smell permeate your pad. We love oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and rosemary. Add water and bring to a light boil, then simmer. Add water as it continues to boil down (and never leave it simmering when you leave the house).