We all need beauty. It is simply how we are made. Truth, beauty, and goodness give us a window into the Divine and so while it would seem to be enough for us to have a kitchen that is practical and uncluttered, it would never feel complete. We need to bring in something beautiful.
What is beautiful? Surely, there is some aspect of beauty to a space that functions well. That lacks the excesses and allows the person using the room to enjoy its use. Then, the space should be clean. Cleanliness is next to Godliness they say. Take the time, if not this week, then perhaps during the Lenten season or the springtime to do a deep clean of your kitchen. You know the feeling when you are done – it is absolute joy. There is nothing like a sparkling sink and clean floors and an oven with nothing burnt on it to make one feel like cooking a delicious meal for others.
So you have a space that is functional and clean, but what then should you add to it? The answer is as personal as the person and the family. I’ll give some ideas to spur your own creativity and then welcome your ideas as well.
Favorite cookware: Is there a space to hang your dear cast iron pan, show off your wooden spoons, or somewhere to display those copper pots you love so much? If you reach for it often and love how it looks as well, why not bring it out for others to see?
Favorite serving pieces: Perhaps you love to look at the platter from your wedding or your favorite Polish pottery rather than just storing them away. Put some pieces on the wall if you have the space and you can enjoy them for their beauty as well as their use.
Quotes or inspiration: I personally love the quote I have over my sink from St. Teresa of Avila that says, “God walks amidst the pots and pans”. It reminds me that when I am doing simple tasks for the love of others, that is often exactly where God wants me most – especially if it is my least favorite chore. Maybe you could find something equally inspirational for you!
A rug: Kitchen rugs are useful in spots where floors get chilly in winter or standing on tile can make legs weary. Don’t feel limited to the selection you find in the designated “Kitchen Rug” section at the big box stores. Sometimes a runner or area rug meant for another part of the house can have a beautiful pattern that brings a smile to your face each day.
Curtains: Does the room need a bit of simplicity in the way of beautiful, white panels over the sink or perhaps your neutrals in the rest of the space can be livened up with some color and pattern framing the window?
Upgrading just one thing: Is there a small appliance that is on the verge of dying or a utensil holder you just don’t like or some similar item that for you, is the opposite of beautiful? You don’t need to update the kitchen to love it, sometimes it is just replacing the one thing that really bothers you. It could be as simple as some beautiful new hooks, new knobs on the cabinets, or getting a new coffee maker. Donate the old thing if you can and bring some joy into your kitchen with a small upgrade.
This is the time to really think about what brings you joy – what would make you smile each time you saw it? Add that!
What is your favorite item in the kitchen?