The kitchen is the culinary heart of every home. We look at the kitchen as that one place in our home that provides for the maintenance of family life and growth - it should be a warm and inviting place to congregate, eat, and share.
But many modern kitchens lack this essential quality, and people are flocking to restaurants to fill their hunger more often than ever before. Making our kitchens look and feel warm and cozy with beautiful ideas of warm themed decor (instead of opting for bare, minimalistic emptiness) is just one way we can share the warmth of our home with others.
We believe that a lovingly decorated kitchen pulls us in with an irresistible, magnetic attraction. It is the center of our homes, where everyone and anyone can feel welcome and happy.
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Think about walking into a home where you can immediately smell the aroma of cookies baking or a pot of delicious pasta sauce simmering on the stove. Imagine weekend mornings with maple syrup cascading over a half dozen of blueberry pancakes stacked together. And then, there’s that perfect cup of coffee brewing on the countertop.
I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn to the delicious aromas that come from a well-used kitchen like a bee to honey. And that is the perfect example of a kitchen being used to its fullest potential: those very aromas draw others in, encourage participation, and act as a social glue. Loved ones, guests, and family, are propelled to eat, cook and share aspects of their day - or even recipes! - with each other.
Your kitchen gets more love and appreciation from guests and family when it releases that sense of warmth. The reason for that is, quite simply, because a kitchen's warmth closely resembles the warming feeling of love.
Think about it. And doesn’t the old saying refer to baking as “lovin’ from the oven”?
If your kitchen can provide that warm and inviting atmosphere, it will create feelings of comfort that lead people to want to talk and share.
There are some awesome baking blogs out there to inspire your inside baker. Try this Salted Hazelnut Bourbon Blondies with Cacao Nibs and Figs by Butter & Brioche.
Warm, fresh baked bread is a beautiful addition to any table.
Just another note. Baking is a family affair! Baking treats can be done together as a family, or when guests visit and want to participate. With the number of steps involved - gathering ingredients, stirring the batter, preparing the baking pan, decorating, etc. - it’s the perfect group activity.
Once the spices start to toast in the oven, the aroma will expand to every corner of the house, wafting by the noses of those who aren’t participating in the baking. Next thing you know, everyone - including the dog! - is making their way to the kitchen to see what’s going on.
When kitchen duties become dull and routine, you need inspiration. The simulated or natural fragrances of candles can help you get creative and experiment in the kitchen.
For example, if you’re around a Caribbean Fusion candle, you may want to delve in and try cooking jerk chicken, instead the baked chicken you usually prepare. A Japanese themed candle may just put you in the mood for trying your hand at making your own Matcha cupcakes!
You’d be surprised at what you can do with the right inspiration.
Candles also spark ideas for your kitchen's character. Polish off the worn feel of your kitchen by designing a cluster of layered candles in tiered or varying heights. Try introducing new and different colors that will complement your kitchen's personality.
In addition to cupcake candles, there are many fake food, prop style candles to choose from that make great finishing touches to the kitchen, giving it that warm glow.
A Little Romance
If you are hosting an at-home dinner date, try lighting a few candles around the kitchen and using them as a centerpiece on the dining table. The glint from the lit candles will transform the appeal of the kitchen from bland to dreamy.
Candles can instantly make a setting intimate - the flickering light is entrancing, and the different aromas trigger a cascade of emotions, feelings, and memories.
Inspirational artwork can make your kitchen an arena for engaging conversation. Beautiful artwork will become the centerpiece of your kitchen and will radiate with positivity. Exquisitely framed uplifting quotes, abstract paintings or drawings that tell a story... these will captivate onlookers and are just another way to add to the warmth of your kitchen.
The best thing is that you don't have to search for expensive wall art. Here's an Etsy shop that designs downloadable printed motivational art that can easily be framed.
Seeing motivational reminders on your kitchen walls can heal your guests without your even realizing. You never know when that tidbit of inspiration will help uplift a visitor.
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Wrapping It All Up
Today's kitchen is different from that of the past. It’s a place of comfort and safety, where people gather to share with one another. Through baking something extra delicious in the kitchen, or picking just the right art selection that will spark a conversation, or lighting scented, inviting candles- you can add that special, extra element that will turn your kitchen into the heart of your home.
So which one are you going to try? Tell us in the comments below.