Even in homes that ooze warmth and comfort, the kitchen can often be the odd one out – clinical, cold and far from the heart of the home. Striking the balance between cleanliness and cosiness can be tricky in a room that needs to be functional, but it can be done. Take a look at these five cosy kitchens that show how to make it work.
1 | Use patterned tiles as a splashback
Beautiful Moroccan or vintage tiles work brilliantly for kitchen splashbacks, adding colour and interest while still being easy to wipe down. I love the mix in the home of blogger and photographer Emma Lindquist, above. She’s also added further cosy touches to her kitchen with warm copper lighting, rustic wood and a snug sheepskin on the bench. The overall look is beautifully vintage with just a hint of Bohemian style. I love how it all works together and if you do too, click to see more of her inspiring home.
2 | Go for a dark painted kitchen cabinets
After years of the white gloss kitchen trend, painted kitchens are back in fashion again and I’m thrilled! Painting your kitchen cabinets in a dark colour, like this blue-toned charcoal grey, is an ideal way to create a cosy vibe. I love the edge of Victorian scullery about this particular room, but you could just as easily make the same colour cabinets look more modern by opting for tiles instead of tongue and groove panels and choosing a contemporary tap and sink.
3 | Use living room lighting in the kitchen
Let’s be honest, most kitchen lighting is truly hideous. All chrome and stark halogen bulbs that feel more suited to a hospital than the heart of the home. However, most lighting designed for living rooms is perfectly suitable as overhead lighting in a kitchen, so cast your net more widely and consider glistening chandeliers, industrial factory pendants or delicate punched metal shades instead.
4 | Roll out a rug on the kitchen floor
Talk of rugs in kitchens will have some of you recoiling in horror, but hear me out. If you have an open-plan kitchen-diner a soft rug under the dining table will really help to soften the look in both areas of the room. I love the look of the vintage Moroccan rug on the black painted floors in the Paris home above, but if you’d prefer something more practical there’s a growing trend for rugs that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use that would be an easy-clean option for the kitchen.
5 | Embrace the warmth of wood kitchens
Natural materials have a definite place in kitchens – not only do they look high-end, but a little wood, marble and brick really adds warmth. You don’t need to go for wooden kitchen cupboards if that’s too much for you. Instead, consider a wood worktop, wood floor or open shelving. I particularly like how reclaimed wood can look in kitchens, so take a look at these creative ideas for making shelves from apple crates, adapting scaffold planks for shelves, old floorboards for cupboard doors and hanging rails from tree branches.
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Follow Decorator’s Notebook’s board Beautiful rooms – kitchens on Pinterest.[Photographs: 1 | Home of Emma Lindquist via Lantliv. 2 | Plain English via House & Garden. 3 | Design*Sponge. 4 | Home of Anne-Fleur Broudehoux via Milk Decoration. 4 | designed by Dimitar Karanikolov and Veneta Nikolova with photographs by Minko Minev via Behance]