The lines between the kitchen and dining room are getting blurrier, and to that we say: bring it on! Gathering around a delicious smelling pot of food, leaning against cupboards, chatting with glasses of wine in hand – move over living room, the kitchen is the new social hub of the home.
Here are some ideas on getting a homely, inviting feel for traditional and contemporary kitchens and dining rooms.
1. Lay out a rug (or two)
Itâ€™s not just for extra cosiness and warmth – rugs are also key in tying all elements in the room together, especially if you have an open-plan home, where the kitchen may flow naturally into the dining room.
A neutral design is a versatile choice for traditional interiors, but if youâ€™re leaning towards a more punchy aesthetic, opt for two smaller, more vibrant rugs for a pop of colour and character.
2. Pick matching furniture or opt for an eclectic mix
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A solid wooden table and matching chairs are a classic, go-to pick in rustic kitchens. Alternatively, neutral fabric chairs offer a textural, comfy vibe while still keeping to the farmhouse theme.
Contemporary homes can mix things up by introducing different seating options around the table. For instance, a substantial wooden table can be complemented with patterned seats or modern chairs with sleek hairpin legs – a perfect way to balance out the old and the new.
3. Keep things green
Pantone greenery might be so yesteryear, but indoor plants are definitely sticking around as pretty, natural add-ons that are also great for your wellbeing.
Start off by picking the right plants for your home and climate – small cacti and succulents will spruce up your dining table with minimal effort, as long as theyâ€™re kept in a well-lit spot.
For bolder impact, play with sizes and height by introducing large potted plants around the space. Cascading plants on shelves or the ceiling will also serve as lovely focal points while adding a sense of movement.
4. Pile on texture without extra clutter
A rustic wooden kitchen table would easily create a modern farmhouse air and be easy to dress up or down. Meanwhile, practical items such as woven baskets and bowls add texture and interest while also being functional.
Another approach here is to go for more immediate impact: a feature wall of brick or stylish wood panels would gives your home an element of surprise and flair.
5. Choose the right lighting
Lighting can make or break a room, so it is crucial to ensure that your kitchen or dining space is always well lit for the best ambience (and also so you can see what youâ€™re doing at the stove!).
A minimal light fixture can balance out classic interiors while giving a warm, cosy ambience. Alternatively, contemporary homes can explore a bolder approach with statement lighting for the perfect visual centrepiece.
For extra points: a large mirror creates the illusion of a bigger space, all while reflecting the lights for a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Whether you plan to try your hand at giving your kitchen a small pick-me-up or revamping it into a beautiful space for your family and guests, we hope youâ€™ve found this helpful. Let us know if you try any of them out, and share your favourite design tips in the comments!