6 Simple Ways To Make Your Kitchen Feel Welcoming

There are several things you can do to make your kitchen space a more welcoming one. Here are some of the best ways to make your kitchen warm and inviting no matter the event.

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With the popularity of open-concept floor plans, there’s more pressure than ever to keep your kitchen picture-perfect and visitor-ready. Of course, no one’s kitchen looks catalog-ready 100% of the time, but when you’re hosting a party or having a friend visit, you want your kitchen to be welcoming.

There are several things you can do to make your kitchen space a more welcoming one. Here are some of the best ways to make your kitchen warm and inviting no matter the event.

1. Clean It Up

Keeping your kitchen clean is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you have kids! But no one feels comfortable in a space that’s sticky, smelly, or swarming with fruit flies. If you’re short on time, tackle the biggest eyesores and most disgusting bits first. Throw away the garbage and wash the dishes.

You don’t need to worry about sanitizing the microwave or cleaning behind the fridge. Instead, focus on what guests can see and touch. For example, wipe down the countertops, stove, and sink and clean the floor. If you can, freshen the room by opening a window or lighting a candle.

2. Reduce the Clutter

Everyone keeps a few things on their kitchen counters, but a cluttered space can quickly become overwhelming. Clutter can make a space feel stressful and chaotic for both you and your guests.

Sometimes, we don’t have a lot of counter space, but we need the Keurig, the stand mixer, and the bottle drying rack out because we use them frequently.

When you’re planning to have guests relax in your kitchen, stash away whatever you don’t plan on using during their visit. Put the bottle rack in the dishwasher or tuck the stand mixer into a cupboard for the time being; you can always pull them out again when your guests leave

3. Create an Inviting Sitting Space

6 Simple Ways To Make Your Kitchen Feel Welcoming

It’s hard to make a space feel welcome if there’s nowhere for your guest to sit. To help them feel at home, craft an area where they can feel relaxed and comfortable. In addition to making the space clean and clutter-free, try:
Comfy chair cushions
A soft rug
Avoid harsh lighting
Decor, such as photos, art, or flowers

You want your guests to walk into your kitchen and be drawn to the sitting space. The seating area also creates an ideal space to serve food and drinks while you visit.

4. Add Pops of Color

Neutral color palettes are always in style, and for good reason: they’re easy to coordinate with! But just because you’ve chosen a neutral color palette doesn’t mean you need to avoid the rainbow altogether. Adding color here and there can really liven up a space and make it feel less austere.

Choose one or two colors that compliment your current scheme. Yellows and reds are common, but you can choose any color you like. Try adding these pops of color in places like:

  • Kitchen towels
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • Cushions
  • Candles
  • Placemats
  • Photo frames
  • Flowers
  • Jars
  • Mugs
  • Storage containers
  • Kitchen tools

The nice thing about adding these pops of color to a neutral palette is many of these things are easy to swap with the seasons. Go bright yellow for summer and swap to reds and oranges for fall. You can even switch colors every few weeks if you get bored!

5. Bring the Outdoors In

Indoor plants are an excellent option for livening up a space. Office spaces, building lobbies, malls, restaurants, and salons are all examples of places that may use plants to make their business more welcoming.

There are plenty of excellent ways to bring plants into your kitchen. Try a vase of flowers on the table or a display of succulents on your windowsill. You can even grow your own indoor herb garden!

Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! Even fake plants can boost your mental well-being and make your space more welcoming.

6. Offer Food

Food is a universal love language. Everyone loves snacks! And if you’re hosting an event of some kind, your guests will expect snacks.

Depending on your guests, the food you offer can range from simple to elaborate. Things like charcuterie boards, veggie trays, cookie baskets, platters of nuts and chocolate, and fresh fruit arrangements are always a hit. You don’t have to have the best FruitFlowers® bouquet in the world to impress your guests, but decadent treats like chocolate covered strawberries are impossible to resist.

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to go out of your way to remodel your kitchen whenever guests arrive, but making a few simple additions can go a long way. Setting out a lovely flower bouquet or some delectable sweet treats is an excellent way to give off a welcoming vibe. 

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