There seems to be something about cafe’s that attract people and make them feel calm while they eat, read, do work or simply sit and drink a coffee. Have you ever wanted to give your kitchen, or part of your kitchen, the look and feel of a cafe? It might be easier than you think!
Here are a few steps you can take to make your kitchen feel like you have a cafe right in your home.
Lighting is a very overlooks part of the look and feel of your kitchen. The ambiance of a cafe is heavily dependent on the lighting.
You can experiment with track lighting, recess lights, and different colored bulbs. Many places use a mixture of white and yellow bulbs to create a textured lighting effect.
Notice that the recess lights, usually white, are near the counter where work is being done. Then, the warmer colors are in the seating area.
Making best use of your windows is key as well. Natural light makes the room feel lively. Now, you may not have much choice of where your windows are, but you can arrange the room so that you make the best use of them.
Most cafes use tile and other stone style floors. This can give the area an old world look. This flooring is also very easy to clean.
Try different color samples to see what gives your kitchen that right balance of light and warmth.
You probably only have room for one table, so choose the type that excites you the most.
Granite tops are always in fashion. Glass and wood are good options as is butcher block.
Place the table near the best light, whether that’s near a window or under one of your favorite light fixtures.
The music a cafe plays sets the mood. You don’t need an expensive sound system to make this work. A simple iPod plus speaker works well in most homes. If you decide to go high tech, have a professional install it so that you get the best sound and the speakers and wires are displayed properly.
Of course, the type of music you choose is totally up to you. If you are going for a classic coffee shop mood, search for music collections that are aimed at that sound. Or, put together a playlist of your own.
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