It’s not always a simple task to make your kitchen feel more homely. After all, it’s a subjective term, and it can mean different things to different people. Suppose your kitchen works well and it looks great, but it’s just not quite…you. How do you go about fixing that? Well, we’ve got some good news here for you at Kitchen Design Centre – there are lots of ways you can make your kitchen feel more like home!
As a designer kitchen company, we’re big believers in the individual personality of each of our kitchens. After all, your kitchen should be a reflection of yourself, your habits, and your likes and dislikes. You could start by asking yourself a few basic questions, like whether it’s somewhere cosy and family-centric you’d want to nestle in for the evening, or whether you’re after more of an uber-modern, minimalist style. How you use your kitchen is a big factor in influencing its design.
You can even blend the two styles together! For example, in the Ultimate Kitchen from our case studies, Mr and Mrs Robertson have gone for a contemporary styled kitchen that still manages to radiate with a comfortable sense of warmth.
It’s a masterful combination that’s achieved with a number of factors. We’ll start with one of the main ones, which is light. You may know this already, but the style of a kitchen’s lighting can hugely influence its feel. This can be especially handy if you want to create different moods for different areas in your kitchen. For example, low-level lighting from hanging pendant lamps can evoke a sense of intimacy (popular in dining areas), whereas others prefer soft, cool lighting that enhances a clean, contemporary colour scheme.
In this case, the Robertsons’ kitchen is blessed with huge amounts of natural light, which was very welcome news to our designer. Natural light is well known to boost our mood and make us feel happy and energetic, making it a valuable resource to any kitchen designer. The end result is a kitchen that’s a cheerful, pleasant place to be.
The reason why colour is so fantastic is because it’s so subjective; you can use it to stamp your personality on a space, making it truly feel like home. Our designers at Kitchen Design Centre can then complement your style with a range of cabinet colours, finishes and styles.
In this case, the Robertsons have gone for a chic colour palette of white and various shades of grey that emphasise their kitchen’s sophisticated, contemporary feel. They’ve accented it here and there with little splashes of their favourite colour of tangerine (for example, on the drain rack in the far corner). They’re vibrant, lively design elements that look fantastic, but aren’t so imposing that they detract from the kitchen’s sophisticated overall style. For the Robertsons. it makes their kitchen feel more homely by making it unique to them – and as we’ve always said, making things unique and personal is what great kitchen design is all about!
When it comes to making your kitchen feel like home, it’s not just about how it’s designed, but also what goes into it. The opportunities for you to accessorise are almost endless – from your crockery and utensils to your decorations, scented candles and wall art.
You can see how the Robertsons have accessorised here with a vibrant pair of oven mitts, as well as their salt and pepper shakers, and an attractive fruit bowl on their dining table. They’re all coloured in the Robertsons’ favourite shade of tangerine, once again adding those stunning dashes of colour in amongst the kitchen’s otherwise restrained and neutral colour palette.
How much you choose to accessorise is up to you. It’s about whatever makes you feel comfortable; whatever makes your kitchen feel like home. Maybe it involves putting up some of your favourite pictures and photographs, or maybe you’d prefer an artful crockery display to draw the eyes of your visitors. Experiment a little!
These are only some broad tips; when it comes right down to it, it’s a matter of personal taste – which means it’s up to you to decide what works! Feel free to take a look at our other case studies to see how our customers have made their kitchens unique.
Or, you can pop into any one of our designer kitchen showrooms in Manchester, Blackburn or Colne. Whichever one you find yourself in, you can be sure our friendly designers will be on hand for any questions you might have. We’re here to help.
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