Inspiration: Un-kitcheny Kitchens

Just about this time last year we featured a few favorite romantically un-bathroom-y bathrooms, and now we're turning our focus to their kitchen equivalents. So, what secret ingredients set these cozy kitchens apart from their sterile counterparts? Let's take a look.

Artwork! Since kitchens are notoriously short on extra paces,we're usually too busy trying to find a space for our pots and pans much less a piece of artwork. However, a little art can go along way. And a lot of art (ahem, picture #1), well it can transform a kitchen from nothing special to utterly memorable instantly.

Mirrors. Sure stirring the pasta sauce isn't the ideal time to groom, but going beyond merely practical purposes, mirrors add depth, interest, and a certain degree of sophistication to almost any space especially when they have unexpectedly intricate frames (picture 2).

Free-standing pieces. For many of us this may not be an option, but if you do have the choice, it can add the same level of homeyness that we bring to the rest of our rooms without even thinking.

Something old. Odd suggestion right? We usually only think to bring the newest and most efficient features into the kitchen, which often leaves them looking cold and "catalogue-y," but simply switching out the ho-hum light fixture with an antique or antique-looking one (pictures 2,3,8) upgrades the tone and adds instant personality.

And let's not forget the fireplace (picture 4)— joking, joking...but man, that's taking kitchen coziness to a whole new level!

What other tips do you have for making your kitchen feel just as comfortable and inviting as the rest of your home?

(Images: 1: Living Etc., 2: House Beautiful, 3: Elodie Rambaud, 4: Southern Accents via My Notting Hill, 5,6: A Country Farmhouse blog, 7: Dwell, 8: Domino, 9: Better Homes and Gardens)

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