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.

How To Choose A Coffee table

How To Choose A Coffee table

You might not believe it but a coffee table is an integral piece in the living room setup. Those of you who have moved into a home and it either hasn’t already been furnished with a coffee table or you are yet to buy one, will probably have resorted to using your sofa’s arm as a coffee rest and this definitely isn’t the right way to be thinking. A coffee table isn’t merely a functional object but it is also an opportunity to add a personal touch of style to a room, whether you opt for a minimalist and stylish glass-topped model or a battered and worn vintage one.

As ever there is a lot more to take into consideration than you might expect when buying a coffee table. Fortunately we have outlines them all to make your life that little bit easier!

Understand Your Space
There is no point getting a coffee table that is either too big or too small for your living room, regardless of how much you might like a particular design. In general a coffee table should be around 18 inches away from your sofa for optimal reaching distance. This makes it close enough for you to place something on it and far enough that your legs have space. Consider the size of your room and perhaps cut a cardboard shape out to see what a specific sized coffee table would look like in your room.

Leave Space
Whilst you want to leave adequate space between the sofa and coffee table, you should also make sure there is enough space between the coffee table and the rest of the room. You do not want a table that restricts a frequently travelled route, whether it is to the other side of the room or to the television.

Know Heights
Another consideration that a lot of people don’t take into account is the height of their coffee table. What you need to consider is the height of your sofa, if you have a particularly high sofa then there is no use getting a low coffee table, not only will it be impractical but it will also make the proportions of your room look odd. If you use a coffee table a lot then consider going a bit taller than the regular 16 to 18 inches as this means you won’t be bending over as much every time you use it.

Be Aware of Styles
A coffee table should compliment your existing style, namely that of your sofa. This doesn’t mean that they have to be identical styles, rather just think of what will look good when placed next to each other. There are plenty of coffee tables designs available, from glass to metal to give you options.

Go For Glass
A glass table is becoming a more popular choice for coffee tables. It can also be a great storage solution, as well as one that shows off things. Consider investing in one that allows you to stack books beneath it to show off a bit of your collection as well as keeping it out the way.