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The kitchen is a familiar, comforting place where a family can gather to talk and reminisce which is why you want your kitchen to be cheerful and inviting. There are a variety of inexpensive ways to make your kitchen more welcoming to friends and family.

Here’s how to create a cheerful kitchen the whole family can enjoy.

1. Create a cheerful kitchen: Let in the light.

Nothing makes a room more pleasing than the infusion of natural sunlight. Open up the curtains and blinds in your kitchen and let the light come shining in. The whole room will instantly take on a more pleasing mood.

2. Add a braided rug or other soft, cozy floor covering.

A braided rug will give your kitchen a cheery, old fashioned feel, but any soft rug will add a warm, comfortable touch to your kitchen. It’ll also make your feet feel good when you sneak downstairs in the middle of the night for a snack.

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3. Bring nature inside.

Place bowls of greenery and beautiful flowers with cheerful colors on the shelves in your kitchen. Not only do plants add a note of cheer they also have the added benefit of purifying the air. You can even plant a small herb garden to add visual appeal to your cooking area as well as provide you with delicious, fresh herbs for recipes.

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