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What to do With a Large Kitchen

Everyone loves a big kitchen. There’s lots of room for more than one cook, and enough space for informal dining. However, a large kitchen can sometimes feel cold and uninviting. By following certain guidelines, you can have a warm and cozy kitchen no matter the size. First, consider the scale of your furniture when decorating a large kitchen. You’ll want a substantial table with comfortable seating rather than a small café table.

The kitchen is also a great place to show off your collectibles. Add a baker’s rack, wine rack, lighted glass hutch or other storage/display pieces. Obviously, you’ll want some sort of shelving or cabinet space for your cookbooks, pottery, display dishes, or even for collections that have nothing to do with kitchens and cooking. Next, see if the kitchen can accommodate an island — either a small portable butcher block work station or a fixed island with workspace, an extra sink, and bar stool seating that makes it a great place for a quick breakfast or after school snack. Most important, good lighting is vital in the kitchen, especially for preparing and cooking food.

If you have a large kitchen, buy large lighting fixtures and add plenty of recessed lighting, including lighting under the cabinets. Make the kitchen inviting to the eye by adding potted plants (silk or real) and/or decorative pieces, such as urns, wall hangings, and some architectural pieces to match your décor. Also think about turning one wall into a gallery for the kids’ photos and crayoned art work. Some kitchens have a fireplace, making the room instantly warm and friendly. Even without one, you can turn that large kitchen into a homey, welcoming space.


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