Nothing’s more inviting than a warm, functional kitchen. But if people in your home avoid this room, a few simple changes can make the space more welcoming.

Colors stir different feelings in people, and there are many ways to bring warmth and comfort to your kitchen through color.

Here are some examples.

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1. Paint the walls

Color schemes play off of each other and tie a room together, so choose a color that will enhance other colors in the room.

Certain colors invite specific emotions in people — for instance, blue is calming and makes us feel centered; yellow can be energy boosting; and white feels clean and neat — but they also can affect people physically.

For instance, warm colors such as yellow, orange and red can raise your body’s temperature.

So, paint the walls to match the mood you want for the room.

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2. Update the flooring

Replacing drab, faded linoleum flooring with natural sandstone can bring new life to an old kitchen. Sandstone warms a room with its hues of brown, yellow, gold and red.

Other flooring options include ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate. When choosing flooring to enhance your kitchen’s atmosphere, consider each type’s pros and cons.

Read, “Types of Flooring for a Kitchen Renovation” for more information.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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