Come into my red kitchen

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on February 9, 2009

I have a red kitchen. I love warm colors, I just cant help it. Reds and oranges are my the favorite section of any paint shop color deck. After much vacillation last year, we decided to go with a brickish red paint for the kitchen walls. Its not a crazy, danger sign kind of red. But a rich, warm red. I dont actually have a lot of wall space in the kitchen, so there isnt a lot of red either. The color red increases metabolism, so I think its very apt for the kitchen! Also, the kitchen is my favorite part of the house. Visitors seem to be gravitated to my red kitchen. No matter how many people we have over, everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen.

I took these pictures over the weekend to show you where all the cooking, eating, entertaining and so much more happen..

come into my red kitchen

come into my red kitchen
I would have liked darker cabinets and floors, but I’m not complaining as long as the walls are red.

come into my red kitchen
We have some what of an open plan. This is the view of the living room from the kitchen. I love that we have gas burners, they heat up so much quicker and more evenly than electric.

come into my red kitchen
We eat on the island. The swivelling bar stool type chairs are S’s favorite. I love that the stove is on the island; that frees up a lot of counter space. But see how the microwave is sitting on the counter? And the space meant for the microwave under the cabinets has spices in it? We bought the wrong size microwave, it doesn’t fit in the space meant for it.

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See the square green scotch brite sponge cloth by the left side of the sink? My grandmother introduced me to those; they are super absorbant and great for cleaning surfaces. To disinfect them (or any non-metallic sponge), just pop the sponge in the microwave for 1 minute.

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The pantry. My friend’s 3 year old walked into this pantry and said “you have a pretty interesting fridge”.

come into my red kitchen
That dent on the wall near the pantry is a long story. Its too embarrassing to explain. But let me just say that it was caused by an air borne sauce pan ;) You are free to guess the rest.
Incase you are wondering why we havent fixed it: a)we arent handy like that. b)we can live with a little dent in the wall. c)we are waiting for some good soul (aka, my father in law) to offer to fix it.

come into my red kitchen
See the trash can on the floor at the end of the counter? Even though I keep a trash can in the kitchen, I prefer to hang a plastic bag near the counter. As I’m prepping and cooking, the trash goes in the plastic bag. When I’m done, I tied up the plastic bag and put it in the kitchen trash can.

A bottle of room freshener is permanently stationed near the trash can. We spray the kitchen trash can. So in my house, vegetable peel smells like apple cinnamon febreze.

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Dining area of the kitchen. We are still using folding chairs because I hate shopping and I’m putting off buying dining chairs for as long as I can.

come into my red kitchen
This is the ‘transaction’ area of the dining table. This is the spot where we leave each other money, notes, lists etc. There is a designated area in the house for this stuff, but somehow it lands up on the dining table.

come into my red kitchen
View from the kitchen window.

come into my red kitchen
 

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1 DK February 20, 2009 at 4:30 am

it was funny to note about your plastic bag being used for trash…Funny cos I do the same and my husband teases me saying that the treash can is just nearby and why I do double work..Oh well I prefer it this way :)

Beautiful kitchen. The dent is to ward away the evil eye ;) let it stay put :)

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2 TBC February 24, 2009 at 4:48 am

I love your kitchen! So warm and inviting! The “transaction area” made me smile.:D

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3 Andrea March 4, 2009 at 3:36 am

Your kitchen is so beautiful! I’m with you, I love warm colors. I’m soooooo jealous!

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4 meeso April 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Really beautiful kitchen! I love reds and oranges too… in the right shades they are amazing! I have a designated “junk” shelf in my apt. so that everything doesn’t end up on my dining table… but how in the world does stuff end up there anyway???

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5 Muskaan July 15, 2009 at 6:37 am

Your kitchen looks very inviting to me…are we invited for a cup of coffee…???? Where did you climb to click the third pic….just kidding..good job

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6 Manasi July 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

What I wouldn’t do for an awesome kitchen like that!!!!! I mean it, dent n all! LOVED the warm tones and everything about it!!

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7 Michelle August 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

where did you get your valances? I’m moving and am considering a red kitchen and they would be perfect

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

I had them custom made here in VA..

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Michelle Reply:

do you know if they can fulfill orders online and do you happen to know the name of the fabric and store? Thank you so much!

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8 Jennifer February 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I just love the red color. Was this Benjamin Moore and what is the name of the color?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

yes, it is benjamin moore, i think the color is called pilgrimage foilage :)

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9 Viswa September 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Aboslutely Gorgeous kitchen! I love the pantry, that is one thing that is missing from mine.

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10 Taste Junction January 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Wow…visiting your blog for the 1st time and amidst other things, was simply wowed by your kitchen and the well maintained house. And the view outside is also lovely.

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11 Christy Gerald August 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Wow!.What a kitchen.Like Mother like Daughter.Good work.Nice Blogging 2.

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12 almostveg August 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love your Indian kitchen – brings back fond memories. And your US kitchen looks lovely too.

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13 Nancy (guinnah) August 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

just sort of stumbled over here while blog hopping! I love red too and my big splurge when we remodeled was a red stove. It brings me such happiness even looking at it :-) I love getting a glimpse at where others cook It’s such the heart of the home!

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14 Ksenia August 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

i absolutely love the warmth of your kitchen. i’m not a big fan of the counter top burners but that’s just a US thing. shelves on the door of pantry – now that’s an idea i’m gonna steal from you. so handy. also loved the post about your parents’ kitchen in india.

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15 shil August 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

Every kitchen should have a story like yours. :) It shows the lives of those who live in it. Might I add that your mother is very beautiful:) . (I just read the post about your parent’s kitchen)
The view from your kitchen looks beautiful. Do tell us that story sometime. Would love to read it.

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16 vineeta September 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm

liked it…..but i think ur parent’s kitchen’s more beautiful:)n everything is so much in place…..

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17 Heidi February 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

I just found your site, and I love it!! I can’t get over what wonderful photos you have! I have been a vegetarian my whole life, and have been thinking about a blog for some time. What an inspiration you are! Keep up the great work…

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18 Sala @ Veggie Belly March 1, 2010 at 6:04 am

that green was from the previous owners, we painted over it, so im not sure what color it is :(

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