The kitchen is one of the most high-trafficked rooms in the home, and if you love to cook, you likely find yourself spending a significant amount of time in there. So why not make it a beautiful place that lifts your spirits every time you walk in? You don’t have to break the bank to create a kitchen that’s easy on the eyes: just a few small changes can drastically improve the look and feel of your culinary domain. Read on for quick tricks that will give your cooking quarters a facelift.[vc_single_image image=”6830″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Swap Out Your Hardware
Most kitchens, even tiny galley kitchens, actually have a fair amount of hardware—often at least 12 drawer pulls or cabinet knobs. When you add that up, it can actually have quite an impact on the style of your space. If you’re not crazy about your existing hardware, swap in a fresh set in modern brass, sophisticated polished silver, or edgy matte black.
Visit Style by Emily Henderson for a few budget-friendly hardware options.[vc_single_image image=”6835″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Lay Down a Persian Runner
Be gone with that utilitarian kitchen mat, and lay down a vintage Persian rug instead! A time-worn runner is a sophisticated way to infuse a little color and pattern into your space. If you have travel plans, look for them in international markets and bazaar—and make a point to bargain. If you’re staying put, shop your local flea market and antiques fairs for interesting designs. Otherwise, there are plenty of vintage-inspired designs available at affordable online retailers like Overstock.[vc_single_image image=”6836″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Paint Your Cabinets
Cabinet colors are probably the predominant place where kitchens age. Not only do cabinets bear the brunt of wear and tear, but cabinet color trends tend to change every few years. Remember the avocado greens of the ‘70s, the washed whites of the ‘80s, and the medium woods of the ‘90s? Nowadays, it’s all about chalky grays, rich greens, and crisp whites.
Though it may take a couple weekends to complete cabinet paint job, it’s much quicker than a total remodel, which can take months. Rust-Oleum Transformations is a simple DIY coating system for cabinets, countertops, and floors that’s not only affordable but also durable, with results that look professional![vc_single_image image=”6833″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Give Your Backsplash a Facelift
If your kitchen is plagued with dated tile, or it has no backsplash at all, you can give it a facelift with a couple different affordable adhesive options: temporary wallpaper or peel-and-stick tile. Like your tile shape but not crazy about the color? Use tile paint to change the hue for a whole new look you can achieve in an afternoon.[vc_single_image image=”6832″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Clear Off Your Countertops
It’s amazing how much clutter can impact the mood and functionality. If you have a large family and have lots of food supplies and whatnot on your countertops, or if you’ve gone a little overboard on tchotchkes like cookie jars and cookbook holders on your counters, give your kitchen the Marie Kondo treatment. Clearing your space can instantly give it an airier, calmer feel.[vc_single_image image=”6831″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”]
Add Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers are not a big investment, but they’re instant gratification when it comes to lifting the spirit and elevating the look of your kitchen. Pick wildflowers from your neighborhood for a bohemian or go with a simple bunch of a single type and color of flower for a clean, classic look. If you buy your stems at the beginning of the week, you can enjoy them all week long, or you can wait ‘til Friday to save a few bucks when they go on sale.
What changes have you made at home recently? Share with us in the comments.