Big Up Your Kitchen for Winter

Added on December 19th 2018

Your kitchen really is the heart of your home and it’s never more important or welcoming than when it’s cold and dark outside. There’s nothing better than returning home from work, or a long chilly walk and being greeted with lights, colours and the smell of something simmering in the slow cooker.

If you sometimes wish your kitchen greeted you as warmly as this, then it’s time to do something about it. You don’t have to have a total refurb, just make some easy and cost-effective changes.

Change the lighting

Of course, you need to have a little bit of clinical overhead light so that you can show off your culinary genius, but once the magic has happened, it’s time to turn the floodlights off and relax. Install a dimmer switch or bring in a couple of floor-lamps or an LED array so you have lots of options and moods.

Rugs aren’t just for your living room

Kitchen floors are usually tiled and so they can feel very cold underfoot. You could put in some underfloor heating, but this is all about quick, easy improvements, so a rug is the answer here. Ideally, you’ll need a rug that can be easily laundered, so a rag rug is a great idea. Remember to use anti-slip mats underneath whichever style of rug you choose to prevent any skidding incidents.

Light some candles

Nothing banishes the cold and dark like some candles in the window or on a table or two and there’s no reason to restrict them to your living or dining room. If you have the space, or you have particularly deep windowsills in your kitchen, then make an arrangement of varied church or beeswax candles and light them once the night has drawn in.

Put some foodstuffs on display

This doesn’t mean stack your tins of beans into an attractive pyramid shape! If you have a large fruit-bowl, then fish out the keys and USB ports and fill it with seasonal fruit – pomegranates, satsumas, nuts and so on. You can also buy some large glass jars and fill them with coloured pasta, orange lentils or preserved lemons to add interest and colour to your space.

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