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Creating a Cozy Coffee Nook: Embracing Neutral Colors and Home Decor Items

Updated: Apr 2

For coffee enthusiasts, having a dedicated coffee bar at home can be a perfect way to start the day or unwind in the evening. A coffee bar not only serves as a functional space for brewing a perfect cup of joe but also allows you to tap into your creativity and create a cozy nook of relaxation. Utilizing neutral colors and carefully selected home décor items can transform your coffee bar into a stylish and inviting spot that complements any existing home décor. 1. Set the Foundation with Neutral Colors: Neutral colors provide a calm and serene atmosphere that seamlessly blends with any existing design scheme. When stocking your coffee bar, consider utilizing neutral shades such as beige, gray, and white for the walls, countertops, or cabinetry. These colors create a soothing backdrop, allowing the coffee-related items and décor pieces to shine. For my personal coffee bar, I opted for a white cabinet (I'll show you how I built this cabinet out of stock cabinets and saved $14K in another blog post). All of the decor items that I chose for my coffee bar had 3 main colors: Wood tone, White, Gold. If you don't have a designated cabinet for your coffee bar, simply create a little area on your island or countertop. Here are the items I chose:

a collage with coffee, wooden spoons, mugs, honey pot, coffee maker and coffee storage

2. Embrace Simplicity in Furniture: Keep your coffee bar furniture minimalistic and streamlined to enhance the overall ambience of the space. Opt for neutral-toned stools, chairs, or even a small table that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Light-colored wood or metal finishing adds to the neutral aesthetic while providing durability and visual interest. Because we built a window seat which was custom to the height of our windows, I couldn't find the right height table because our window seat is a little shorter than an average height kitchen table. Due to this, I decided to look around my house first to try to figure out a way to build one myself. I had these old side tables in my basement, so I pained one of them black and then I purchased a wooden round from Amazon and stained the top a natural wood oak color. I then purchased a couple of chairs from Amazon and I had a new coffee nook table for less than $100. It was my easiest DIY ever. It only took a couple of screws and some stain to complete.

Here's some before photos of the table before I repurposed it:

Scroll through the after photos with stain and after it was styled. Everything that I purchased for this room is linked below:

3. Coffee Storage Solutions: To maintain an organized and clutter-free coffee bar, invest in chic storage solutions that complement the neutral theme. Utilize glass jars or canisters for storing coffee beans, sugar, and other essentials. Clear containers not only keep your coffee fresh but also add to the visual appeal of the space by showcasing the colors and textures of your coffee beans.

4. Artful Display of Coffee Equipment: Displaying coffee equipment and home decor accessories can add a touch of sophistication to your coffee bar. Choose sleek, stainless steel or white appliances that match the neutral color palette. Hang a wall-mounted coffee mug rack or install floating shelves to showcase your collection of beautiful mugs and cups. This creates a visually appealing focal point while keeping everything within reach. Here's some other options for mugs and coffee storage that I thought they were so beautiful:

Coffee Bar Organization and Mugs

5. Thoughtful Details: Small details and décor items tie the entire coffee bar together. Add some texture and warmth with neutral-colored placemats, coasters, or table runners. Consider incorporating botanical elements such as potted plants or fresh flowers to infuse some life and freshness into the space.

6. Ambient Lighting: Lighting plays a crucial role in creating a welcoming atmosphere. Opt for warm-toned lighting fixtures that illuminate your coffee bar with a cozy glow. Pendant lights or minimalist wall sconces are excellent options. Additionally, consider placing scented candles or a diffuser nearby to envelop the space in a subtle, pleasant aroma. I chose a unique pendant light that I thought was very mid-century modern. I chose the black one to coordinate with my other black lighting but I found the dupe to my pendant in a neutral color called the Didier Ceramic Pendant from Studio McGee for A LOT less. Let's compare them below:

two similar mid century modern style pendant lights

Designing a coffee bar with neutral colors and carefully chosen décor items brings a sense of peace and elegance to your home. By incorporating these tips, you can create a cozy and inviting space that not only satisfies coffee cravings but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your home. So, gather your favorite coffee beans, brewing equipment, and décor elements to transform your coffee bar into a delightful sanctuary for your daily caffeine fix.

Danielle Nicole Enright Blogger, Designer, Artist, Content Creator

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