Most rooms in the house have a natural, welcoming feel to them. The entryway, living room, and dining room can have this effect with little to no effort. However, the kitchen often doesn’t. This might be because this room is more about making food rather than entertaining guests, but there can be a whole lot more to it than that.
Regardless, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any kitchen feel much more inviting to your guests with the right design elements. These tips will help you achieve this for your very own kitchen.
Open Things Up a Bit
The first thing you need to do to increase how inviting your kitchen feels is to open it up a bit. Kitchens tend to be a bit secluded on the main floor, often having a wall in front of them that cuts them off from the living room or dining room. If it’s safe to do so and in your budget, you should tear that wall down. This will make this area seem like a natural part of the rest of the house.
Many modern houses already have open concepts these days, though. So if that’s not enough, try opening the windows and letting the natural light in. Not only will this make the space brighter, but it’ll also help give it a warmer look.
Introduce Warm and Natural Colors
Of course, windows can only do so much to make a room look more natural. Sometimes, you must redecorate to add to that effect. Repainting the walls, changing out the cabinet doors, and replacing the rugs are all great starting points for switching your kitchen’s color scheme. Warmer tones will help make the room as a whole feel much more inviting.
Of course, you can take this a step further by adding some natural elements. House plants and wooden features both go a long way in adding to this overall theme.
Bring In Some Seating Options
One big problem holding back kitchens from being more inviting is the fact that there’s usually nowhere for people to sit. If this is the case in your kitchen, you need to fix the issue immediately. If you have enough room for a small dining table and chairs, you should add them.
Another great option if you have an island or unused counter is to set out some bar stools. There are some things you should know before buying your own counter-height bar stools, but the key takeaway for us is that you should focus on comfort. A comfy bar stool will be much more inviting than a hard one without a back.
Set Out Some “Talking Pieces”
The final tip we have for you today for making your kitchen feel more inviting is to bring in some interesting “talking pieces.” Maybe you want an old-school mixer or a fancy chandelier, but you need something that’ll catch people’s attention. Once you draw them in with this item, you can continue talking to them since they’ll want to stay for a while. From there, you can chat while you cook or clean dishes. Plus, once you’ve invited them in naturally once, they’ll be much more likely to come in with you in the future.