Sleek finishes are alluring because they’re easy to clean. But too much metal and high sheen can be overpowering, and can make your kitchen feel unwelcoming, harsh and cold.
Consider including natural materials to add warmth. A wood table and chairs, or even a few woven baskets or wooden spoons in a crock, can make all the difference in how your kitchen is emotionally perceived.
White, green and yellow are highlighted by feng shui experts as especially good colors for kitchens. White represents purity and cleanliness. Green is evocative of plant life, and is thought to nourish, calm and provide clarity.
Light colors, like the pale green shown in this example, are also more soothing to the nerves than more saturated hues.
Display patterned tea towels or napkins instead of hiding them in a drawer or under the sink. I like how these hang from hooks made of recycled wine corks.
The sweeping curves of the bentwood chairs and round table, and the serpentine shape of the settee, create a more welcoming environment than a boxy, squared-off alternative.
This dreamy artwork surely will calm anyone’s end-of-the-day nerves and make dinner prep more mindful and enjoyable.
If you don’t have room on your windowsill, you can inset a glass shelf into the window frame. This kitchen window uses Ikea containers with a rail and hook system.
Making refrigerator magnets is a great way to repurpose Scrabble letters — especially if your game box is missing some pieces and otherwise unusable.