While the defined styles have a checklist of features, such as an apron sink and wooden accents for a farm kitchen– the conception of a specific atmosphere is more subjective. What inspires the joy of a home chef can be off-putting for another.
But given the time we spend in the kitchen, especially now when everyone in the family works and studies at home, we can all agree: the space should bring you joy. To get there, mix and match from IKEA to create a warm and cheerful atmosphere. The best part? These easy and painless adjustments require no major overhaul.
There are many ways to add color to your kitchen beyond painting the walls. You can swap cabinet fronts – IKEA has door and drawer fronts green forest and shiny blue – or add a contrasting backsplash in a warm shade. The LYSEKIL double-sided wall panel is available in four finishes, including one yellow stripe and hot brass.
For a fun and flexible use of color, opt for open shelves to store and display dishes of all colors. IKEA sells plates, bowls and serving utensils in all shades—sage green, millennial rose, turquoise, Red wine, navy blue– choose your favorite and exchange when the atmosphere is good.
Accent decoration is another versatile way to add color without the commitment of paint or cabinets. Textiles like tea towels and pot holders on hooks, one punchy tableclothor brilliant chair cushions add joy and personality.
Good lighting is crucial in the kitchen, both for convenience and aesthetics. You want to avoid casting annoying shadows or creating dark corners, so you’ll need a combination of ambient and work lighting. Instead of a central ceiling light, opt for a series of pendant lights on areas such as an island or a dining table and track lighting that can be directed to different work areas.
And be sure to use the proper bulbs. Cooler, brighter bulbs (which have higher Kelvin and Lumen numbers) will give your kitchen a clinical feel, so choose those with a lower Kelvin range 2,700 at 4.000 for warmer light.
If your kitchen has abundant windows, clean them (mosquito nets and curtains too) to make sure they let in as much light as possible, then add window treatments to give a cheery vibe. Transparent curtains gently filter light – IKEA air purification curtains which are great for cooking, but if your window is above the sink or near the stove, consider pleated lampshade or blind strips for a similar effect.
It’s a proven fact: Nature makes people happy. And the kitchen is the perfect place to start a window sill garden. If you have a south-facing window with lots of sun, consider a small pot of herbs or vegetables. If you’re not completely confident in your green thumb capabilities, start with a few low-maintenance plants, like bamboo, a ZZ factory, or cactus.
For kitchens with low natural light, consider artificial plant or two (IKEA options are likely to deceive even the greenest inch). If all else fails, freshly cut flowers will still do the trick. Choose a ship like this ceramic pot with blue stripes where textured turquoise vase which can stand alone between bouquets.
Messy countertops and unorganized cupboards can easily create anxiety, so it’s easy to declutter and donate everything to a designated home. use drawer dividers to keep utensils and small accessories in their place. Add a rod and hooks for oven mitts, spatulas and everyday tools. Install a wall system or small rack to get pots of condiments and spices on the counter. And even the most organized of us need a garbage drawer. Set aside one for mail, stray papers and loose pens.
A kitchen rug may seem like a bad idea because of spills and crumbs, but a flat pile or flat woven rug that is easy to vacuum can completely change the mood of your space. In addition, it relieves the pressure on your feet during preparation and cooking. IKEA offers dozens of options that will make it look cheerful: a blue and green in contrasting colors, a vibrant multicolored band, a earth tone leaf print, a machine washable (!) blue and green chevron, a lemon yellow net pattern.
Chromium and stainless steel are popular choices for kitchen accessories and cabinet handles, but they exude a fresher, more clinical look. Instead, warmer materials like brass and leather will contribute to a happy atmosphere.
The same reflection applies to counters. While white quartz or marble provide a clean, elegant appearance, a natural material like wood adds warmth. Butcher block, which from IKEA is available in a range of Woods and finishes, may show wear over time, but this is part of the call; as it ages, its character changes.
Infusing any kitchen with joyful elements will brighten up your days and bring comfort to your evenings. Whatever your intention is to clear things up, IKEA Kitchen Services is here to help. Schedule an appointment to begin.
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