Today I have 10 tips for a cozier kitchen if you’re looking to ramp up that cozy factor, whether your kitchen is large or small.
As you know I live in a generic 1970s apartment. There are no granite or marble countertops. No stainless steel appliances.
But what is important to me is that my kitchen is cozy.
1. Put Dish Cleaning Products In Nicer Containers:
I buy cheap empty bottles like the clear one above. I picked mine up at World Market. Pour your dish soap in it and it looks infinitely nicer.
As for the lotion, you just need to buy the vessel it’s in one time. Then when you run out of lotion, pour more lotion in the pretty bottle you’ve kept.
And of course you can use bottles you bought something else in and recycle them.
2. Elevate Those Kitchen Products:
If you have a pedestal plate or even just something to use to elevate a plate, you can make a pretty display of your kitchen cleaning supplies.
I found my little white pedestal plate at Tuesday Morning.
3. Consider Taking Off Cabinet Doors:
Taking off cabinet doors instantly opens things up and makes the space appear larger.
Then you can display your favorite kitchen pretties. If everything behind your cabinet doors is a jumble, then it’s time to declutter.
I store my unused cabinet doors in the hall closet.
4. Display Spices:
Get a reasonably priced spice rack if you don’t currently have one. Trader Joe’s carries cheap spices and I think the glass bottles they come in are nicer than most.
I found the spice rack on eBay a few years ago for under $20.
5. Use Special Plates Around Your Kitchen:
If you have dishes that are special to you, don’t hide them away.
I put a red and white transferware salad plate on top of the stove to corral things I use there.
6. Use A Pretty Vessel To Store Utensils In:
A ceramic pitcher is perfectly fine to store kitchen utensils in. There are all kinds of things you can use to store them. Baskets, vases, or any type of container that will do the job.
But I wanted something red. I ordered it from Amazon.
7. Put Cutting Boards On Display:
Don’t hide your nicest cutting boards in a drawer. I like to hang mine. Or arrange them in the background.
I like adding the wood texture to my kitchen decorating. But this also utilizes vertical space if you hang them up instead of using precious horizontal kitchen space.
8. Hang Favorite Paintings Or Wall Decor In Your Kitchen:
You may have a few favorite paintings you need to put up somewhere. Consider your kitchen.
When I walk into my kitchen each morning, this produce sign above my coffee bar nook makes me smile.
9. Add A Coffee Bar:
If you have any space at all, even on the countertop, you could arrange a small coffee bar. One would look nice and tidy in a pretty platter or rectangular basket if the only space you have is your countertop.
10. Add Small Lamps In Your Kitchen For Ambiance:
Lamplight quickly ramps up the cozy factor. I have two small lamps in my kitchen and rarely use overhead lighting.
You can also add a few kitchen items like a sugar bowl and mortar and pestle you crush herbs with, etc. near your lamp to create more of a vignette.