Sometimes, the little things in life can make for a world of difference. Changes to your household are no exception, when often the smallest changes to a room can instantly make you feel refreshed and renewed. You know when you walk into somebody else's kitchen and it just feels right? You can get a sense that the person who lives there leads a life that is happy and relaxed, and you can even feel energized by simply visiting their space. Is your kitchen a happy kitchen?
The kitchen is the room where it all comes together, where you go to refuel and reconnect with the others in your home. Being that the kitchen is the center of the household, its important to provide a space for yourself where you feel you can relax and unwind. If your kitchen is full of clutter or failing to express your own individual personality, it may affect your daily mood whether you’re aware of it or not.
Whether you live in a kitchen that is big or small, there are a few quick changes you can make to instantly liven up your culinary haven. Is your kitchen in need of a quick pick-me-up? Here are 8 Easy Tips for a More Cheerful Kitchen.
1.) Adding color to your kitchen
We well know by now that color can affect our moods, and certain colors are often associated with specific feelings or personality types. Picking a color for your home can be a personal thing, and the color you choose should represent you and the type of environment you wish you maintain.
Adding a simple pop of color to your kitchen can quickly take your favorite room from drab to fab, and can be achieved in a variety of different ways. Add color by way of paint, colored cabinets, a colored appliance, or even the addition of some colored accessories like mixing bowls or coffee cups.
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2.) Essential oils for a change of mood
Like color, the addition of a fresh scent can lift our moods and energize the environment of a room. Essential oils are a great choice for a natural way to introduce scent into your home, with each one having different benefits and properties.
If you are looking for a calming scent, lavender and tea tree oil are common choices, with tea tree oil doubling as a great all-purpose cleaner. Orange and lemon oil are clarifying scents, and both work well as natural kitchen degreasers. You can find essential oils at your local natural food store or online retailer.
3.) Turn your kitchen into a nursery
The color green is known to promote grounding and peace, and what better way to invite that into your kitchen than the addition of live plants? Kitchens are a great place for house plants, as they are close to water access or have a window that provides natural light. Add house plants to your kitchen to improve air quality by placing them on windowsills, on top of your refrigerator, or hanging them from the ceiling. Some even say that live plants bring luck to your home!
4.) Declutter and feel clarity
Decluttering your kitchen can be an instant pick-me-up, giving you a physical way to let go of things that have been weighing you down. Clearing space in your home is good for your psychological health, and can be as simple as finding one thing in your kitchen that you are fine with getting rid of. Feeling overwhelmed? Do it in sections, starting with your countertops, the top of your refrigerator, then with your drawers and shelves. That way, you can do it when time permits.
We guarantee an instant pick-me-up!
5.) Add brass, bronze, or copper
If you’re looking to add warmth to your kitchen decor, metals are a great way to switch things up in your kitchen. Incorporate brass, bronze, or copper by way of appliances, cabinet/drawer handles, or by using kitchen accessories made from the metals. Brass looks good when paired with striking accent colors like cobalt blue or when featured in an all-white kitchen.
6.) Choose a fridge mantra of your very own
Affirmations are an easy way to rewire our brains, and there is an entire field of study around the science of self-talk. The kitchen is the room in your house where everyone comes together, so why not make a positive mantra for your kitchen that you’ll see every day? Think of a mantra that makes you happy, then tape it to your fridge or frame it on your wall for all your family, friends, and visitors to read.
7.) Wash your windows
Natural light is one of planet earth's most powerful healers, though unfortunately most of us don’t get enough of it. A simple way to reconnect with the outside light? Wash your kitchen windows. And if you’re looking for an inexpensive organic cleaner, white vinegar mixed with water makes for an effective solution.
8.) Pick a fragrant dish soap
Most of us spend a good amount of our lives doing the dishes, so why not pick a dish soap scent that you really love? Just like with essential oils or a pop of color to your kitchen, something as simple as your dish soap aroma can really impact your mood.
A pile of greasy pans? Not so wonderful. A great-smelling store-bought dish soap or unscented castille soap mixed with a few drops of your favorite essential oil? Wonderful.
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