It’s getting darker earlier and earlier this time of year, making us crave a warm and cozy nest on cold evenings. The best place to start is the heart of the home, the kitchen. Gathering with family and friends for comfort food like butternut squash soup, Cincinnati chili or spaghetti and meatballs is even more comforting when the meal is casually served in the kitchen. Adding some rustic touches will make you feel like you’re cozied up in a Tuscan farmhouse or an English cottage. Whether you’re starting from scratch with a renovation or simply want to add a few accessories, here are some key ways to give your kitchen a homey, comforting ambience.
Copper pots. If you’ve got ’em, hang ’em! Copper adds a wonderful patina and shine to a kitchen. You can also incorporate this material by adding a hammered-copper bucket or smaller copper utensil canisters.
A fireplace. This one can be used for cooking, something that comes in handy on a cold night when the power goes out.
A farm table. A sturdy wooden table is a great place for family dinners and doing homework. If you are more of a kitchen-island type than a kitchen-table type, you can adapt a farm table to a higher surface height and use stools instead of chairs.
12 Rustic Touches That Add Warmth to a Kitchen