Sleek kitchens with a utilitarian feel may well be the epitome of cool right now, but there’s no reason to make the most popular room in the house feel soulless just to stay on trend. With the right accessories and styling tricks, it’s possible to maintain a cosy, comfortable vibe that’s as modern as it is lived-in. Here’s how...
PAINT YOUR CUPBOARDS
A pop of colour will warm up otherwise bland wooden cupboards – opt for soft pastel shades to keep things feeling chic.
TRY A RUG ON FLOOR
The easiest way to liven up your flooring? Add a vintage-inspired rug into the mix – it will draw the eye and warm up your feet in an instant.
TRY A WOODEN DINING TABLE
Whether you choose distressed oak or family-friendly varnish, a large wooden table will turn your eating space into the ideal place for intimate kitchen suppers.
ADD A BANQUETTE
A comfy yet chic banquette will give a rustic family feel to a kitchen. Pile up the cushions to make it extra inviting.
SUPERSIZE YOUR SINK
Want to add a traditional feature to your countertops? Opt for a farmhouse-inspired sink to supersize the countryside vibe.
INVEST IN A DRESSER
A classic dresser works as a focal point for any kitchen while adding plenty of rural charm, too.
TRY EXPOSED BRICK
Create a feature wall by stripping things right back – exposed brick manages to feel both modern and warm at once.
HANG YOUR LIGHTS LOW
Whether you opt for a standalone pendant or hang matching lamps over your dining table, lighting hung low will lend the simplest of rooms an intimate feel.
MIX UP YOUR CHAIRS
While a matching set can feel sophisticated, try mixing your seating options to add a personalised, family-friendly vibe to your dining area.
USE OPEN SHELVES
Put your most stylish crockery on display (with the odd accessory thrown in for good measure) to add an eclectic, lived-in vibe to your kitchen.
TRY PRINTED TILES
Kitschy yet cool, printed tiles will add much-needed personality to neutral fittings and walls. If you can splash out, go for traditional relief styles, too.
ADD SOFT SEATING
If space allows, try adding soft furnishings into the mix to create a cosy and convivial atmosphere, while maximising your entertaining potential.
OPT FOR WOODEN FLOOR
Stripped-back wooden floorboards are the epitome of rustic chic and lend a warm feel to a cold space.