Quick Tips to Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the center of your home. As well as a place to cook, it’s often somewhere to eat, chat, and spend time as a family. It’s where your children will learn to make their first sandwich, and then their first cooked meal. It’s where you can bake together or even carry out some messy science experiments. If your kitchen isn’t very inspiring, you might not want to spend much time in there. It might start off looking good when you move in, but after a few years, it can quickly start to look a drab. If your kitchen needs freshening up, try one of these techniques.

architecture-1171462_960_720A Complete Remodel

First, assess the state of your kitchen. If you think it’s particularly bad and can’t be fixed with a couple of quick hacks, you might want to do a complete remodel. You can take everything out and put in a new kitchen that you love. That might involve getting new counters and cabinets only, but it could be the whole works. Perhaps you want a new floor, lighting, appliances, and more. If you want to do this big job, you’ll need a general contractor, unless you have some DIY experience. It’s the ultimate way to improve your kitchen.

 

Freshen Up Your Cabinets

You might not want to do something so drastic. If you’re on a budget or don’t want to spend a long time on your kitchen, there are other things you can do. Firstly, you can give your cabinets some love. They are one of the focal points of the kitchen, and if they look bad, they will make the whole room look bad. There’s no need to replace them entirely if you don’t have the time or money. You have a few choices to freshen them up. You could replace the doors and fronts of the drawers. You could also keep the original doors but paint or cover them. For an even cheaper option, replace the handles.

Let in More Light

A small kitchen will look even smaller if there isn’t enough light. Adding more lighting can do wonders for your kitchen. Although, watch out for it highlighting other things you might want to change! You can think about what sort of lighting would improve the practicality and aesthetics in your kitchen. Task lighting gives you more light to see by when you’re cooking. It’s useful, but you should also think about how to light the room for ambiance too. You especially need some atmospheric lighting in a kitchen-diner.

Kitchen Accessories

Some people like to keep their kitchens sparse, so they don’t get cluttered. However, a few well-placed items can give it a quick facelift. A clock on the wall or a stylish coffee pot on the counter could change it completely. If you want to keep everything organized, use storage that doubles as a stylish accessory. For example, keep your pasta in sleek glass jars.

A kitchen remodel could be the answer to your kitchen woes, but it’s not the only one. A quicker and cheaper hack could be an option too.

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