Creating a Sense of Abundance in Your Kitchen

As we enter into the holiday season, our kitchens will become full. Full of people, food, activity. It is that sense of abundance that makes kitchens such warm and lively spaces. And while that can happen quite naturally, one can also be sure to give their kitchen a feeling of abundance by design:

1: In Shelby and Joe's Fabulous Family Kitchen, their kitchen island is five feet wide by seven feet long. Such a large surface creates a sense of abundance by allowing a dozen guests to gather 'round or giving the family room to spread out over breakfast.

2: While a feeling of abundance doesn't have to mean big, it certainly can. The take-your-breath-away volume of Lilian's Sunlit Family Kitchen feels abundant because of the high ceilings and oodles of natural light flowing into the space. It's the visual equivalent of taking a deep breath. Ah!

3: Abundance can also come in small packages. Just look at Judith Jones Makes an Omelet for One (to Share). Her small kitchen wants for nothing. We love the open storage of cookware and spices in Judith's kitchen. It definitely gives the space a feeling of abundance, assuring the cook that anything that might possibly be needed is just a reach away.

How do you create a sense of abundance in your kitchen? Is it with something as simple as a large fruit bowl or something as integrated as lots and lots of built-in storage?

Related: Tip: Creating Well-Edited Open Storage

(Images: Leela Cyd Ross, Faith Durand, Sabra Krock)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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