Monday, November 24, 2014

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN WITH STYLE: 8 EASY KITCHEN UPDATES THAT MAKE A HUGE IMPACT

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Today’s kitchens are multi-functional spaces and in many households, are the hub of family activity. The kitchen is not only where meals are prepared and served, it’s also where weekly calendars are posted, mail and recyclables are sorted, homework is done, and where families gather to recap the events of the day. 

As a busy mom of five, I know how easy it is for the kitchen to become a bit of a mess with all of the activity that occurs there.  Having a messy kitchen can affect your cooking mojo and make you not want to cook at all.  A kitchen that is well organized, inviting, efficient, and pleasing to your eye will inspire you to spend more time there, help you maintain your cooking mojo and perhaps even motivate you to cook new and exciting dishes.

You don’t need to install expensive restaurant quality appliances to pull off a stylish and functional kitchen revamp. Here are some ideas for small changes that can make a huge difference.


Increase Space for Food Prep by Adding an Island
Incorporating an island into your kitchen’s design provides you with additional storage, a gathering place for dining as well as added work space. There are great inexpensive options on the market today that offer both function (island on wheels) and style (from butcher block to stainless steel).
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Add a Little Bling
Instead of completely replacing your cabinet hardware, spray paint the existing pulls and knobs with metallic spray paint for a fresh new look. Try a brushed brass finish to create a timeless and elegant feel.
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Update Your Cabinets
Increase the sense of space in your kitchen by removing cabinet doors to create open shelving. Have fun styling your selves with your favorite dishes, vintage ceramic collection, baskets or even plants, as seen here. 
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Stencil a New Backsplash
Not ready to take the plunge on tile for your backsplash? Breathe life into your kitchen by stenciling a new backsplash. Stencils are easy to use, cost effective,  and come in an array of patterns to match any décor.
 
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Add Under Cabinet Lighting
Adding task lighting in the kitchen brightens the typically dark spaces by putting the light right where you need it, it also highlights and brings attention to your backsplash and countertops.
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Use Creative Storage and Organization to Make Your Kitchen More Efficient
Help maintain your sanity by using handy drawer organizers, slide out cabinet shelves, and creative storage options. In this picture, kitchen supplies are hung from a wall mounted rolling pin. How creative!
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Use a Rug to Add Interest
Add a layer of style, warmth, color and pattern to your cooking space simply by adding a rug. Use the rug to tie together existing colors in the room or to inject new colors into the space. Indoor/outdoor rugs are perfect for kitchens because they are super easy to clean and are designed to stand up to lots of wear and tear.
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Customize Your Kitchen With Art
Art in the kitchen adds a cozy feel and gives the space more character. Artwork in the kitchen provides a sense of sophistication usually reserved for bedrooms, living rooms and other areas of the house where art is more commonly displayed. Showcase everything from vintage food advertisement posters, framed recipe cards, or your favorite canvases.


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1 comment:

  1. Love the ideas. I went from owning my home to renting again and I'm struggling with making it my own. I guess I'm so used to doing what I want.

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