6 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen

January 29, 2016

 

Think that the only way to get a fresh new look in your kitchen is to gut it and start all over? Think again!  At a time when budgets are tight, many of us don't have the funds to start a remodel project (yet!). Try these quick fixes to your space to update it and get it feeling new again!

 

1. Update Your Lighting
Whether you have pendants, a chandelier or all of the above, updating your lighting is one of the most noticeable ways to refresh your kitchen. You can also improve usability by placing the right light in the right place, which will make working in your space all the more enjoyable!

 

2. Add simple, colorful touches
There are tons of ways to bring color into your space. More permanent options like paint and tile can give your space a needed lift while less permanent, lower cost options like colorful rugs, seat cushions, displayed housewares or fresh fruit are another. Keeping the colors consistent will make the kitchen more calming and fresh feeling than if you choose too many colors at once. A small vase of flowers from you garden might be all your kitchen needs for a pop of color and that natural texture. An herb garden (my personal favorite) also brings wonderful fresh aromas to your kitchen while supplying fresh ingredients for your next recipe!

3. Swap in new hardware 
Hardware styles can make an instant impact for an updated kitchen. While costs can vary, it's a much lower investment than a kitchen overhaul and can give the same fresh look to tired cabinets.  Tip: Before you shop, size them up by measuring the center to center (or screw to screw) distance and take a total inventory of pulls and knobs.

4. Spruce up your seating
For a cozier island stool, consider a colorful or textured cushion or bring in a cool low-back metal sling stool for a more modern feel. Either way, new seating can make a statement in your kitchen and give it just the quick fix it needs.

5. Show Your Stuff
Get your hands on some new or secondhand housewares, beautiful canisters, books, decorative plates or textured baskets to store and display household goods. Placing them together on a shelf can give your kitchen a clean, well-organized feel and provide a nice functional display all at once. In my home, displaying my plates and pitchers on open shelving created much needed cabinet space where I now store less sightly kitchen wares like kid cups, Tupperware and pots and pans.

 

6. Add a lamp!
Include an element of scale and interest on your kitchen island or countertop by placing a table top lamp that suits your fresh new kitchen style. When entertaining, the lamp doubles as an alternative ambient light source that can set the mood in your room for guests to enjoy.

 

 

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