A kitchen has to be functional above all, and it can’t be if it’s stuck in the past decade! Here are some tips for refreshing with utility.
- Paint your kitchen cabinets and replace the handles.
- Add a kitchen island; it’s great for prep work, and with added cabinets, it can accommodate cookbooks and dishware. Adding a few stools can create a place to eat or work.
- Upgrade your appliances — opt for ENERGY STAR-certified ones to save money.
- Install a dining table with a combination of benches and chairs to use all available corner space.
- Buy some statement countertops to provide décor and function in one.
- If you update your floors, go for a classy wood or tile.
- Dedicate a space for kids’ study so they can be close by but still concentrated on their work.
- For a modern rustic look, change to a sliding barn-style door.
Update for storage
Nothing in a kitchen is in higher demand than storage. If you think creatively, you’ll find space anywhere!
- Consider an “appliance garage” to hide away your toaster and blender when they are not in use.
- Use open shelving carefully — it can be great for accessing daily dishware, but make sure it doesn’t become too cluttered; the Tupperware collection is better behind closed doors.
- Open up the kitchen with some glass-front cabinetry.
- Pullout drawers keep things convenient yet hidden, especially spices or trash cans.
- Specific cabinetry designed for one purpose, such as holding wine glasses, can be useful and dramatic.
- Store rarely used items above the refrigerator.
Enjoy your space
Add a personal touch to your kitchen with unique items such as glass bottles, artwork or jar planters for herbs. Little things add up to a personal style.
- Add a backsplash! It’s affordable and creates interest in plain walls.
- Install lighting in useful places, such as above the sink or over the kitchen island. One dramatic piece can draw the eye, so position it accordingly.
- Spice up your average range hood by making it oversized or colorful.
- Choose a kitchen island in a color that pops for a statement — it’s easily painted over if you hate it later.
- Adopt some farmhouse style with marble countertops and a farmhouse sink.
- Go for the professional look with overhead racks to store your pots and utensils.
- Add window treatments for a bit of extra beauty — aim for ones that can be machine washed.
Remodeling the kitchen provides a myriad of opportunities to bring out your personal style, so don’t be afraid to take a chance. After all, you’re the head chef!