Use a pretty tablecloth and set the table with your best dishes. Check flea markets, yard sales, and thrift shops for dishes. Buy a bouquet of flowers from the market or cut fresh flowers from your own garden - if you have one. Place in a vase or in a pretty jar.
Recover the seats of your chairs with a fabric that matches your decor. Tack lace edging to cabinet and pantry shelves for a feminine touch. Search for a decorative decanter to hold your dish washing liquid. Hang beautiful plates on the wall in a pleasing pattern.
It really doesn't take much to beautify the kitchen area. Cleanliness and simplicity go a long way in making it a cozy spot. Yes, you have to work in the kitchen preparing meals and such, but that's all the more reason for you to make it pretty!