Everyone needs a happy place. Everyone. We all need that part of the home we can slip into and feel a little smile wash over your face. It’s good for the soul. But while any room can be tweaked, changed, altered and overhauled to embrace that happy vibe, the kitchen makes the most sense (and not just because that’s where your fridge is).
It’s the beating heart of a home. It’s the calmest and coziest place, where scents and sights dance from wall to wall, floor to ceiling. So, without further ado, let’s have a look some simple ways to make your kitchen that little bit more cutesy and, well, your home’s happy place.
- Copper Creates Ambiance
Of all the metals accents you can splash across your kitchen, none is more on point than copper. It just has this warm glow to it. The kind that gives you butterflies as you see the morning sun glint in it. Utensils, light shades, fixtures, kettle – anything you can to get that old barn vibe.
- Kitchen Islands Are Magic
When it comes to filling that space in the centre of your kitchen, nothing is going to make you happier than a kitchen island. But don’t worry, we’re not for one second we’re suggesting you fork out the thousands of bucks to have one put in. Nope. Instead, make your own island, and pop it on wheels so that you can move it as you like. Seeing something so beautiful – and something you made yourself – will fill your kitchen with so much happiness.
- Greenery Is Good
Hanging baskets outside your kitchen window, a fake fig tree in the corner, a row of fresh herbs lined up on your windowsill – there are so many ways you can add a splash of green to your kitchen. Oh, and in case you didn’t know already, green is the colour that makes us happiest. How good is that?
- Glass Jars For Bulk
Anything that you buy in bulk needs to be popped in a glass mason jar of some kind. Not just because it looks so quaint and breathtaking, but because it will let you see how much you have left of something. Cereals, rice, biscuits – anything and everything. No more disappointment when it comes to opening your cereal boxes and pouring out nothing but crumbs.
- Cover Your Kitchen Table
The modern trend of open-living loves tables that take up barely a bean of space. It’s that idea of being able to see under them that creates the illusion of more room. It’s stylish, but it isn’t homely. It’s a happiness-maker. But tablecloths are. They make a table feel cute and quaint; a reminder of a bygone era when homes were the heart of everything. Black and white TVs, log burners, board games, and conversations. None of this minimalism stuff. Clutter and trinkets are what fills the heart with joy.
- Peel & Stick Tiles
One of the simplest and most delicious ways to give your kitchen a quick update is to make the backsplash above your sink that little bit more colourful and homely, vibrant, happy and you. And it’s a whole lot easier than you might think. Yup. Peel and stick tiles are now a thing. All you need to do is measure your tiles, write these dimensions down, head to Etsy and purchase the pretty patterned tiles that make your tummy to somersaults.
- Stainless Steel Everything
Not so long ago, stainless steel was a material reserved for premium-priced goods, which is why your fridge has that worn out white colour to it and your dishwasher is a dour shade of black. Thankfully, there’s a cheap way to overhaul these appliances and bring them into the 21st Century. It’s called peel and stick film and, trust us, no one will bat an eyelid except to appreciate how lovely your kitchen feels.
- Spruce Up Your Lino Flooring
For a reason we can’t quite understand, people went through a phase of loving lino flooring and, who knows, maybe it was once the gorgeous detail to have. Personally, though, we can’t stand it. Something about it just doesn’t sit well with us. Luckily, you don’t have to rip it up and start over to give your kitchen that base you want. Nope. All you need to do is get a couple of pots of paint, say a pot of white and a pot of duck egg blue, and paint over your linoleum for an instant update.
And there we have it, your happy place.
*This is a collaborative post.