During the winter, kitchens should be places of warmth, happiness and sitcom-esque hijinks. Oh, come on. Don’t pretend you’ve never put the paprika lid on the cayenne before (how’s the egg sarnie, dad?). Anyway, it’s easy to lose your sense of homeliness when the wind’s howling, the skies are dark and there’s nothing on telly but Four in a Bed. If your kitchen needs a bit more oomph to help you through these bitter months, why not give some of these ideas a try?
Experiment with lighting
Let’s be honest here, shall we? That interrogation bulb dangling from your ceiling isn’t going to cheer anyone up. Alright, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but there’s always things you can do to spruce up your lighting. From a well-chosen table lamp to a set of mounted countertop lights, there are countless options out there to suit any budget. You could even get crafty and try your hand a spot of DIY! A little extra light can go a long way towards dispelling those winter blues, so have a look and see what’s out there for your kitchen.
Invest in an island
No, no, not that kind of island. You don’t have to escape to the tropics and claim your own land mass to get cosy this winter (no one here will stop you, though. Follow your dreams!). A kitchen island, however, is a great (and fairly cheap) way to bring both charm and practicality to your humble setting. It’ll give you more storage and an extra surface to play with, as well as bring a lovely focal point to the room. You’ll soon find one to complement your décor, and all sorts of customisable features available to make it truly feel like part of your home.
Replace an old appliance or two
Fridge acting up? Oven costing you a fortune? Kettle stopped… uh… kettling? Well, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. If you’ve had your eye on a new gadget for a while, there’s no better time than the winter sales to splash out. A modern, energy-efficient device will save you money in the long run, and it’ll look far more inviting than its rusty predecessor. So, go and browse for a toaster. Track down a shiny new microwave. Shop for kitchen mixer taps. Whatever you fancy, champ.
Give the walls a fresh new look
If stale, peeling walls are ruining the rest of your kitchen, you might want to consider some action. A fresh coat can brighten the mood like nothing else, and painting is a great way to spend a family afternoon. It might take a pizza promise to get certain members of said family to cooperate, but they’ll be enjoying themselves before too long. if you don’t fancy that much mess, you could always give wallpapering a try. If you don’t fancy that much mess, why not enter the wonderful world of wall decals? There’s no end of designs to choose from, so get creative!