Winter is a kitchen's time to shine. As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the kitchen becomes not only a hot spot for comfort food, but also the epicenter of holiday entertaining. And with the weather not exactly tempting you to venture outside, winter is also a great time to refresh the space with some easy design updates. With that in mind, we've rounded up 5 easy ways to get your kitchen ready for the coming season.
1. Update Your Dining Chairs [photo above]
Have a tired eating area in your kitchen? Changing out the chairs is a fast and easy way to get a major dining upgrade. We love the look that mixing different dining chairs and table styles offers—plus, who wouldn't want soft, generous seating in the cold winter months? With a classic tuft and high back, west elm's Elton dining chairs are great for adding a touch of elegance without much effort.
2. Keep Wine Chilled
Photo: Courtesy of Sub-Zero
It's inevitable—when the holiday entertaining ramps up, the wine starts flowing. Make sure you always have a perfectly chilled bottle on hand with Sub-Zero's compact wine cooler, which offers two temperature settings to ensure that all of the 46 bottles it can hold are always ready to drink. If you can't splurge now, stash away $300 a month now, and you'll have one in your kitchen for next year's holiday parties.
3. Make Your Toes Toasty
Photo: Courtesy of NuHeat
Say goodbye to cold mornings underfoot by installing heated flooring in your kitchen. Radiant heating has come a long way since it was first introduced—companies like NuHeat have created systems that efficiently remove cold spots with a bespoke design that can fit any room layout. Although NuHeat's mat system makes installation relatively simple, it does have to be laid underneath the floor, so it's a project that's best tackled when you're building new or planning to replace flooring anyway.
4. Enhance Your Cabinets
Photo by: Courtesy of Blum
Make prepping meals easier by installing pull-out shelves in your cabinets. Blum's Tandem pull-out drawers are deep enough to keep all of your kitchen staples nicely organized, so this project will make that tangled jumble of pots and pans a distant memory. Blum offers a variety of assembly aids (like drilling templates and clamps) to simplify the installation process, so if you have some basic DIY experience under your belt, you should be able to perform this pantry conversion as a weekend project.
5. Embrace the Reflective Trend
Photo: Courtesy of Rejuvenation
Nothing perks up dark, dreary days like a shiny new addition to the kitchen. These globe chandelier lights from Rejuvenation offer a simple yet bold way to add a bit of reflective sparkle. The clear glass is a contemporary take on the ever-popular industrial look, making it an ideal accent for both traditional and modern designs. If you have existing pendant lights, it's fairly easy to swap in new ones for an instant boost.