5 Ways to Spruce up Your Kitchen

5 Ways to Spruce up Your Kitchen
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    Spruce up your kitchen with five renovation projects.

    Complete overhauls, including paint and new flooring, change the overall look of the space.


Smaller undertakings, such as new kitchen benchtops or refinishing your cabinets, can also alter the style and ambiance of the room. Even if you cannot afford a complete remodeling job, redesign your kitchen in smaller segments to transform the heart of your home over time.


One of the simplest ways to transform any space is with paint. Choose a few colors to paint samples on your kitchen walls. Pay close attention to any elements you plan on keeping, such as cabinetry, laminate benchtops, or décor items. Choose paint hues to complement them. For example, if you have always wanted a red kitchen, but are unsure if you want pink or orange undertones for the base, grab a few samples that appeal to you. Paint a small section of your wall to see how the different shades will look in the space, as your existing elements can subtly change the overall appearance of the paint. 


Another element taking up a lot of visual space in your kitchen is its flooring. You need to decide if you want your flooring design to stand out or fade into the background as a backdrop for your other decorative elements. For example, do you want a beautiful hardwood floor that blends into your cabinetry or trim choices? Do you want an elaborate tile design that guests see as soon as they step into the room and matches your tiled kitchen benchtops? After you decide if you want your flooring to complement you space or become a focal point, it is easier to move forward on picking out the material and design.


Update your appliances to change the look of your room, as well as improve its functionality. Stainless steel is a popular choice for many décor styles, including industrial and other contemporary designs. All white appliances match farmhouse sinks and other traditional elements. Black appliances blend into anything from retro-inspired cafe kitchens with laminate benchtops to modern minimalist decorating schemes.


When it comes to cabinetry, you can replace it or refurbish what you have. Replace it with the latest options in organization and you will be able to choose the exact style you want. If you choose to work with your existing cabinets, you can install upgrades for organizational purposes, such as pot racks under bottom cupboards, drawer organizers for utensils and slide-out racks for spices, dishes and other kitchen tools. Refinish the fronts and sides by stripping and painting or re-staining the cabinets to complement your new design scheme


Small projects are another option for changing the look of your kitchen. Change out the hardware to transform outdated cabinetry into a contemporary style without having to pick up a brush. Change out your overhead lighting or add pendent lamps over laminate benchtops and task lights under cupboards for additional ambiance. Buy new small appliances in the same color as your larger ones to create a symmetrical look around the room. Invest in a set of matching dish towels, pot holders and curtains to match your favorite piece of kitchen artwork to make a theme come together.

You can break grand renovation plans into smaller tasks to spread out your time and your budget. So, whether you are completing replacing your kitchen benchtops or just looking for a way to make them blend into your décor style, do one project at a time to save your sanity and your money, while waiting for deals on other elements.



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