Sharing 5 spring ideas for the kitchen nook as the nest empties
Does anyone remember Nora Walker’s kitchen in the show Brother’s & Sisters? I don’t remember the specifics and I am sure it would be very dated by now, but I loved it.
As we transition from five family members gathered around a farmhouse table to a, smaller table the kitchen spring was the perfect time for a few ideas for the nook.
I thought with the absence of homework and empty Gatorade bottles the table would finally be center stage. Instead, she looks kind of lost without clutter. Maybe she (the table) needs a puppy? #wink
The kitchen nook is nestled between the family room and the kitchen with a Dutch door around the corner. It is flanked by windows on the north and west side so it is either shadows or bright lights depending on the time of day.
When we made this decision to remove the shutters on our main level we kept the shutters on the west side of the house because of the 360+ days of sunshine in Colorado.
The windows are a familiar backdrop in our kitchen nook. But they look a little heavy with both shutters and window treatments.
I can say this because neither my husband or children read my blog, but I don’t love the table. It is a bit too small and did not come with an extension. However, I do love the metal base and hope a kitchen refresh will update the space.
I kind of miss my previous kitchen table which is now in the basement moonlighting as a game table.
Until I decide if I should switch the tables, I turned my attention to the windows to brighten up the kitchen nook. I am calling it a nook and no I do not have a bench.
5 SPRING IDEAS FOR THE KITCHEN NOOK
NOOK #1 Add Plants
This is the image that got my mind thinking about a spring refresh.
It has windows and a round kitchen table. I brought in a bench and added a fern this winter, but it felt very cramped. Which is how this photo feels. What do you think?
This would drive my boys and daughter crazy; they are all clutter adverse. I would miss my sisal rug.
Here was my attempt. I placed the bench against the north wall that includes a sliding glass window.
I really want French doors, but with the Dutch door around the corner (and the expense) I may look into a sliding glass door. Thoughts?
NOOK #2 Remove Shutters
The base is familiar and I was this close to choosing similar wicker chairs for the kitchen nook. But decided to keep my wicker outside for now. This nook is simple and uncluttered with no window treatments.
NOOK #3 Small Bench or Olive Tree
I love the windows and those are my chairs on the left. I love the concept of open windows for the nook.
Do you have windows around your nook?
This nook includes a small storage bench, but I really like the olive tree off to the side. Isn’t it funny what captures our eye when we look to retailers and Pinterest for decor ideas inspiration?
I have my eye on this olive tree, but it’s pricey.
NOOK #4 Oversized Centerpiece
For this kitchen space, my eye was drawn to the window treatments and the floral centerpiece.
Now that I am not competing against water bottles and baseball caps, a centerpiece might be the reboot I need.
NOOK # 5 Window Treatments
The window treatments caught my eye in this one!
What do you think of these five ideas to freshen up a kitchen nook?
I have several ideas swirling in my head.
Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can visit the kitchen remodel we finished last year.
And, this vinyl window update still looks amazing!
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