Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Creating a Coffee-Themed Kitchen

If you're like me, you feel right at home at your local coffee shop. There's just something about that place that makes you want to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Why not create your own comfortable coffee shop right in your very own home?

The first thing you'll need is a can or two of paint. Choose warm, rich tones like gold, burnt orange, and burgundy. You can also experiment with sage and chocolate brown. Don't be afraid to paint one or two walls a different color than the rest. Painting a wall a different color can distinguish that area from the rest of the room.

Next, go to your local home improvement store and find some modern lighting. Hang sconces or small dangling lights in bright colors. If you use standing lamps, pick metallic bases and bright colored shades. Put your main lighting on a dimmer so you can lower the lighting in some areas of the room.

Find some small cafe size tables and chairs in light wood tones. Pick modern streamlined styles. Use one or more sets to create a cafe feel. If you have the room, buy a small love seat or a few small side chairs in dark, comfy jewel tones. Set them in a cozy corner of your kitchen/dining area.

For the walls, choose bright, colorful abstract prints or coffee-themed pictures. You can even mix the two for an eclectic feel. Get dish towels that have a coffee-theme. Add any other accessories that seem useful including plants, small end tables, or even a magazine rack. Set up a music player in the kitchen area to pipe in soft music. Leave a few books or magazines on the tables.

To complete your coffee-themed kitchen, make sure you stock plenty of coffee. If you buy bags of coffee, display them in baskets on your countertop. This also works if your coffee maker takes pods or k-cups. Just pile them up in the basket. You can buy coffee and espresso cups that stack in a display stand. Stock an array of sugars, creamers, and syrups so everyone can customize their coffee drink.

Now that you've created your perfect coffee-themed kitchen, you'll be able to enjoy your coffee right in the comfort of your own home and without the high coffee shop prices!

Amy is a writer who runs several cooking and diet related web sites. Visit http://www.thecolorfulkitchen.com to get more ideas on creating a colorful kitchen.

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