As the holidays draw closer, one part of the home you will pay more attention to is the kitchen. It goes without saying that a properly functioning kitchen is pivotal to an enjoyable season. Many of the activities revolve around great food and being able to provide them in a timely manner. You might not have enough time to do everything you want to do, but these hints should help you to make the most of your kitchen for the season.
- Start with Lighting. Many kitchens suffer from a lack of adequate lighting. If this is the case with your kitchen, consider your natural and artificial lighting options. Natural light creates and airy and cheerful space, something you need for the festive season. New, larger windows, or an extra window will brighten the space. Smart lighting options include under cabinet lights and in-cabinet lighting. Ensure that workspaces are properly illuminated.
- Enhance work areas. You need to be sure that the countertop accommodates the extra work you will be doing for the holidays. A kitchen island will solve this problem, but with limited time, it may be simpler than you would want it to be. The island can also work as a serving or dining area, helping to streamline your entertainment efforts.
- Deal with storage. Inadequate storage can lead to clutter and hamper the festive look you are trying to create. A new kitchen island can help to meet your storage needs. You can also build a small pantry or appliance garage to store items that might clutter the countertop.
- Add decorative touches. You will need the right decorations for a festive kitchen setting, but try to avoid going overboard. String lights and tinsel along the top of cabinets, but make sure they don’t get in the way of doors. A small tree with light decorations can help to set the right mood. If you put up ribbons, keep them away from the stove. A few decorations made by children in the household will make a great statement as well.
To set the right festive tone, the kitchen should be sparkling clean. Clean out the microwave and oven, and wipe down all surfaces thoroughly. Go through the items in the fridge and throw out old food. Check all the cookware you will use to make sure it is in good shape for the holiday meals.