For some the key to their heart is through their stomach. For others it’s a gorgeous, classy kitchen.
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in a home. When you don’t enjoy your kitchen, it affects your feelings towards cooking, eating, washing dishes, and socializing with loved ones. And when you aren’t ready to invest in completely remodeling your kitchen into how you dream it to be, these negative feelings can worsen.
Here a few tips on helping you love your kitchen with minimal spending and renovating:
Start with a theme or color scheme.
It’s good to have at least a general vibe or theme in mind when changing up any space. We can often get sidetracked by the many elements we love that might not complement each other in the end. It’s okay to go bold and have fun (in fact you should), as long as you have a clear idea of what you want and stick to it. Keep in mind that there are some fixed elements in your kitchen that may determine your theme, such as the appliances or countertops. Thinking about what themes will complement these elements will really help you.
Contrast is king.
Contrasting colors and elements within your kitchen can completely transform this easily messy and disorganized space into a classy and clean oasis. For instance, white counters with beige cabinets look dead and worn compared to white counters with quail’s egg blue cabinets. Contrasting the color of your counters with the color of the cabinets looks fantastic. You can also play with contrast within the same elements - paint your lower cabinets a dark grey and the upper cabinets an eggshell. If your floor is hardwood, you can even think about painting the floor (as long as you don’t pick white - very hard to keep clean).
Play with color.
Color is incredibly impactful on the decor of your home - and it can completely alter your gut feeling as you walk in your kitchen. Consider painting your cabinets a nice shade of green or blue, or retouching your island. A fresh coat of paint, whether adding a fresh coat or retouching the current color, can make certain worn-down features look good-as-new, without having to dig deep in your wallet to replace them. It’s important to remember that subtlety is key - and believe us, a little goes a long way.
Play with lighting.
As with a movie, lighting can make your kitchen a romance or a horror film. Experimenting with this underutilized element may be all you need. Think about what elements you want to draw attention to - maybe you have a gorgeous painting hanging above your counter. Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up your space. What’s more, the shape and look of a light fixture can also add to the theme of your kitchen - barn lights can add a rustic, homey look and pendant lights with crystal finishes can add a modern, elegant flair. You will be surprised by the variety of lighting fixtures out there that can highlight important focal points while being aesthetic pieces in their own right.
Play with exposure.
Instead of hiding your plates away, maybe add a plate organizer on your shelf to show them off. Perhaps use your favorite bowls as centerpieces, or use them to line your counters. Playing with what is visible and invisible to the eye can really change how organized, clean, and aesthetically pleasing your kitchen looks. If you’re willing to invest, you can replace your cabinet doors with doors with glass windows, showing your dishware off to the world and adding a gallery vibe to your space.
Get drawer and cabinet organizers.
Nothing is more frustrating than looking through a pile of mini spice shakers to find that one shaker of nutmeg or oregano, or digging through an oversized drawer full of cooking tools just to find a tiny teaspoon. Stopping at your local hardware store and getting organizers for your drawers and cabinets can really transform the look of your kitchen, as well as the way you feel as you walk in it. When you know cooking is going to be an easy experience free of looking for a spatula in a haystack, your mentality toward your kitchen transforms, and so does your mood.
Add some artwork.
That’s right - artwork isn’t just for living and dining rooms. You can use them to add life to your kitchen as well. Think about unconventional places to put your artwork - the face of your oven is an often forgotten focal point of your space that is a blank canvas waiting to be filled. This is a fun way to get excited about your kitchen because adding artwork that sticks to the theme you want really makes this theme come to the forefront.
Although pizza ovens and new cabinets are lovely, it may not be the right time to invest in your perfect dream kitchen. You should pat yourself on the back for understanding that while still making prudent choices to fulfill your dream. We hope these basic steps put you on the right track toward a kitchen you’re happy with.
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