Are you sick of your boring, drab kitchen? Even if you don’t have a huge budget to remodel, you can still give your kitchen a complete makeover, without emptying your wallet for hi-tech refregerators and decorative range hoods. If you’re looking to take back your kitchen space from cluttered countertops and dull colors, here are some ideas to get you started.
Giving Your Kitchen a Makeover
- Save Space: The best place to start when you’re trying to redo your kitchen is to clean and declutter. This means finally putting away that appliance you never use that’s just taking up counter space and giving everything in your kitchen a good scrubbing. Clean, simple design need a good clean and simple starting point.If you have a relatively small kitchen space, you might look into ways to save space and incorporate organization into the actual decor of your kitchen. Hanging pot racks and places to hang mugs can clear up cupboard and counter space for other things. There are plenty of clever storage solutions out there that will help get your kitchen organized and look great at the same time.Finding a way to add more natural light to your kitchen can also give the illusion of more space, and it can bring out the colors in your kitchen in a whole new way. New windows, a skylight, or even just new curtains can let in more light and give your kitchen a more open, airy feeling.
- Only Remodel the Important Things: Kitchen remodels can get to be pretty expensive. However, you usually don’t need to change a whole lot to make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen. Something as simple and cleaning things up, decluttering your countertops, and maybe putting up a fresh coat of paint can completely transform your kitchen. You might find that rather than completely remodeling everything, your kitchen just needs a few repairs here and there, like refinishing your countertops or finally fixing that leaky faucet.If you’re choosing new colors for your kitchen, you want to stick with a simple color scheme that will be bright and welcoming. White or off-whites paired with a soft aqua, a lime green, or a rich blue are crisp, fool-proof choices, of if you want something a little more rustic try pairing deep reds with accessories made out of reclaimed wood to accent.
- Accessorize: You want your kitchen to be a central space in your home. It should feel warm and inviting and be a perfect place to share meals and stories with your family and any company you have over. Adding things like an island with bar stools, a trendy espresso bar, or even a modern smokeless fireplace are surefire ways to modernize your kitchen and make you excited about spending time in there again.Also, you don’t need to spend a lot to make your kitchen completely your own. Put up a chalkboard for the day’s “menu” to let your family know what’s for dinner or put in some simple shelves for your favorite mugs, tea pots, decorative jars or plates, and other kitchen-themed decor.
Naomi Shaw is a journalist who lives in California with her husband and three children. She has been in the home decor and renovation industry for quite some time. To her, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house so she helps you take these tips into consideration.