Winter weather naturally makes your home look and feel cold. If you’re looking for ideas to make your small kitchen feel cozy, you don’t have to empty your savings or spend too much time.

Simple kitchen remodeling tricks like painting your space can create a comfortable atmosphere that lasts year-round.

Here are 7 ideas to make your small kitchen feel cozy this winter.

Cozy kitchen with textured area rug and curtains
Blue window treatments that match a round area rug give this kitchen texture.

1. Focus on Texture

Nothing says ‘cozy’ like ‘texture.’ Decorate your kitchen with textured throws and pillows on accent chairs and window seats. You can also create a winter palette using dark window treatments and matching placemats.

Don’t forget the floors! Fill that blank space in the middle of the kitchen with a round area rug that matches the window treatments.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and homeowner paint laminate countertop
Painting your laminate countertops is an easy way to update your kitchen’s look.

2. Change Your Color Scheme

Does your small kitchen have an accent wall or a wall with no decor? If so, paint it a dark color such as deep red, olive, warm orange or brown. If you don’t want to paint a wall, decorate it with one or two pieces of art featuring deep, vibrant colors.

In addition, don’t forget the counters and cabinets! You can paint laminate countertops a solid color, or give them a textured appearance with a granite or marble design. You can also paint your cabinets light or dark colors.

There’s really no wrong way to paint your kitchen to make it feel cozy, but here’s a safe guide: match light colors on walls with light colors on countertops and cabinets, dark colors with dark colors, or play with the contrast between light and dark colors. You need to find the combination that works for you. Still hesitant? Ask your home center’s painting center for assistance.

Interested in selling your house? Upgrading your kitchen with fresh paint is one way to create a cozy atmosphere and entice potential buyers. Just talk to your real estate agent about trends that are currently in demand in your area.

Cozy kitchen with tealight candles
Adding tealight candles to your kitchen instantly gives it an affordable ambiance.

3. Decorate with Candles

Adding several candles in one spot, such as on a windowsill, or spreading them throughout the room is an affordable way to add accent lighting, especially for intimate dinners, and make your kitchen feel cozy.

If you go with a bundled arrangement, use candles with varying heights to make the arrangement attention-grabbing.

To avoid overwhelming your kitchen with scents, make sure just one candle per arrangement is scented.

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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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