Is your kitchen uninspired? 4 ways to refresh the heart of the home!

Is your kitchen uninspired? 4 ways to refresh the heart of the home!

4 ways to refresh the kitchen

Are you in need of a kitchen refresh, but not ready for a full remodel?  I’ve composed a list of four fabulous ways to reignite your kitchen love.

Implement one, two, or all of them if you are up for it, to reinvent the space that is undoubtedly the heart of the home.

Let’s dive in:

1. Update your backsplash.

Is your backsplash uninspired?  Or worse, do you not have one at all?  Give your kitchen a little love by putting some effort into a lovely backsplash.  This is a great area to play with materials and color.  Big tile, little tile, differing colors of tile, reflective tile, matte tile… you get the picture.  The possibilities are endless.  I love a great subway tile backsplash and I have experimented a lot with them over my career.  Try installing them vertically instead of horizontally, or even in a fish bone pattern for visual interest.  I have also used different sizes.  In one kitchen I remodeled, I used miniature, grey glass subway tiles.  They looked detailed and intricate, but still completely fresh and contemporary.

In sum, a new backsplash is a great way to add a splash of color and personality to your kitchen.

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www.aliexpress.com Sicis Fish-bone shaped Carrara White Marble mosaic tiles backsplash

 

2. Paint your cabinets.

So your cabinets are in good shape, built from solid wood, and definitely up for many more years of use. – You cannot justify spending money on changing them out, however, they make you want to take a nap every time you set foot in your kitchen because they are just. so. boring.  Time for a fresh coat of paint!

This can easily be a DIY project if you have the time, or something you hire a professional painter to undertake.  A fresh coat of paint (anywhere in the home really) makes a world of difference.  I like sticking to neutral color palettes as I think they stand the test of time, however, go with a color you love.  We spend a lot of time in our kitchens cooking for our loved ones, and I’m BIG fan of making it a place you enjoy spending time.

Tip from a professional:  Paint your cabinets and your center island a different color for a highly customized look. Example: White cabinets and a light grey island.  Differing countertops have the same effect… Try a soap stone counter below your cabinets and a beautiful marble on your kitchen island.  Varying textures and colors make for a high end, luxurious look if they are all within the same color palette.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets the Right Way | withHEART by Jennifer Stagg:

3. Change out your hardware.

This may be the easiest and most inexpensive tip.  The internet has literally thousands of options and price points to choose from, so this is a very easy, and potentially inexpensive, way to update the heart of your home.

If you are an avid DIY-er, this is also a project you can most likely carry out on your own.  In unusual cases, you may need to bring in a professional with serious tools, but most of the time, changing out hardware is simple.  Especially if you purchase new hardware with the same measurements as your former hardware.

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4. Purchase new lighting.

I have said it before and I will say it again… lighting sets the tone for your space, therefore it is VERY important.  I like to incorporate different types of lighting in each space I create and I also think dimmer switches are an absolute necessity… not an option.  In a kitchen, overhead lighting is obviously important.  Choose lights that inspire you and that go with the overall feel of the rest of your kitchen. Fluorescent light, in my humble opinion, should be banned.  Again, this is an area where there are thousands upon thousands of options available to you at lots of different price points.

Also consider installing lights under your cabinets in the space above your countertops.  Not only will that light produce a warm, inviting glow, it will also be very useful when you are prepping food on your counter.  In addition, I am a fan of sconces.  To me, the more light you can add, the better.  It will regularly allow you to customize the feel of the space and ensure you have enough light in the room in which you spend so much time.

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What do you think?  Are these tips helpful to you?  Do you think you will incorporate any of them in your kitchen?  I would love to hear from you/see pictures!

For interior design inquiries, please email me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.  We look so forward to hearing from you!

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