First Christmas decor post of the year! Yippee! Since moving into this house, it has become a tradition for me to add garland around our kitchen sink before I put up any other Christmas decor. I didn’t have a window in our sink in last home so putting lights and garland around it to spot light it just seemed fitting. I remember one reader shared that she wanted a window in her apartment kitchen and didn’t have one, so rather than being sad about it she decided to create a “window” with some lights and garland like I did. And you know what, it instantly made her happy and made her kitchen cozy. Today I thought I would share 5 ways you too can create a cozy kitchen, no matter the size! I have some tips for you!
Also I am joining Ella Claire and 20 other bloggers to share Christmas in their kitchens! Check out their homes at the end of this post and you can shop our home there too.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #1- Create A Focal Point
Create a focal point. In our kitchen we don’t have a grand hood over the stove or large island. So I decided the window would be the focal point. If everything is overpowering nothing is powering the room. You need to create something that your eye is drawn to for the eye to rest on. Otherwise it can feel washed out and cluttered and far from cozy. Adding garland around the window adds drama and height and instantly makes it feel cozy.
I simply added a small nail to the top of each corner of the window frame and in the center. The garland hooks right over the nails. You could even wire your garland to the nails. I used two of THESE five foot boxwood garlands. See what I did last year HERE.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #2- Add Art
Art will instantly cozy up a kitchen. Especially unexpected art. I took art that I already had in our kitchen and added some Christmas cotton canvas in the frames. Just took off the brown paper on the back and popped out the back for an easy switch up. Really simple. (You can buy those Christmas canvas art on Monday HERE). You could even get some water colors and create a custom work of art in colors that go with your color scheme. Bonus- art will hide any plugs or cords that you don’t want seen (my pet peeve).
Cozy Kitchen Tip #3- Mix In LIFE With Greenery Or Plants
Around Christmas time it is easy to add some greenery with garland, plants or flowers. I used boxwood garland and boxwood wreaths in our kitchen. The boxwood garland and wreaths are preserved, so you can use them over and over. You can also spray them with THIS to bring back some color if they have faded. You could also use a topiary or some clippings from your yard from a pine tree for Christmas to add some life and coziness to your kitchen. If you add the clippings to water they will last for weeks!
Just add a little vase with some greens to it on open shelves or on the counter. (You can print that Sugar Cookie Recipe HERE).
I hung THIS mini boxwood wreath above our stove by putting hot glue right on the subway tile. I will peel right off when I am ready to take it down. You could try a comma strip, I just didn’t have very good luck with it.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #4- Soften The Space With Fabric
Window treatments make your kitchen cozy all year long or even bamboo shades (find mine HERE and options). If you have a bench or a side chair mixing in a pillow or seat cushions around the holidays is a nice cozy touch. I brought up THIS Christmas tree pillow from last year, love the texture and cozy feeling it instantly adds.
Cozy Kitchen Tip #5- Accent Lighting
Who doesn’t love a warm glow, especially after the dishes are cleaned up and the kitchen is tidy before heading into bed (best time of the day!). I rarely turn on an overhead light, unless needed. Think of one of your favorite restaurants, do you notice how they dim the lights in the evening? It forces you to move in closer to talk and also appreciate the warm feeling it creates. We have my favorite “magic lights” under the kitchen cabinets. Lights wrapped around the window garland and candles. Find ways to add accent light into your kitchen for a super cozy kitchen.
I hope that got you in the mood to create a cozy place in the heart of the home! Get some more ideas from my blogger friends below. You can also shop our home below too!