Thursday, September 18, 2014

Make Your Kitchen Look Like A Café

Many enjoy going into coffee shops for the aromatic brews and delectable desserts. But more than their delicious offerings, we are drawn to these cozy niches because of their warm ambiance. 

Whether it’s hanging out with friends, catching up on some personal reading, taking a break to study, or to simply relax, the coffee shop is the perfect setting to do every one of these. Now, imagine yourself enjoying the same things in the comfort of your home. 

For those who would love to bring this ambiance into their kitchens, here are some tips on how you can make your kitchen look like a café:

1. Chalkboards
In coffee shops, you often see the chalkboards with the day’s menu written on them. To translate that look in your home, buy small chalkboards at your local hardware and use them as wall decor. Instead of putting the coffee menu and specialties, you can write an inspirational quote or add your own dash of creativity. For bigger spaces and pieces, you can opt to paint a large piece of head board or why not the entire wall? 

2. Distressed interiors
For some coffee shops, their walls boast a “distressed” look and feel that makes it very vintage and bohemian. You can do the same for your kitchen by removing the wall paper and allowing the exposed brick or concrete to peek through. If distressing your wallpaper seems too much hard work and you’re not quite sold with how it would turn out, paint your kitchen in a clean palette of buttery ivory, soft beige colors or black. It will give your place a cool yet warm feel. 

3. Wood Furniture
Wood is commonly used for coffee shop furniture so do away with the normal dining room set-up and put in tables that are just good for two. For something bigger, throw in a bistro table. If you have a built-in bar counter, this is the perfect opportunity to show it off. You may also want to consider adding some vintage-looking chairs by the bar to add a pop of color. 

4. Tiles 
Depending on what theme you decide on - Mediterranean, French, or just your regular neighborhood coffee shop, you can use colorful tiles to build the theme you want to reflect. Using such tiles will create a more vibrant look for your coffee shop-styled kitchen. Among the most popular choices are black and white tiles or wood-patterned ones.
 
5. Add-Ons
Complete the café look by stocking up on oversized cups, saucers and mugs. Then fill your open cabinets with jars of coffee beans. For your counter top, don’t forget to put on display your prized coffee maker or espresso machine beside a plate filled with muffins or other yummy desserts.


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