Everywhere you turn nowadays you are bombarded with kitchen upgrade inspiration; sparkling new stone benchtops, fancy appliances, and statement backsplashes. A complete kitchen renovation can be the most expensive upgrade in the home. So, if a complete makeover isn’t in your budget, you might be looking at options to refresh and beautify your existing space.
Upgrade Your Equipment
Premium kitchen equipment will make your cooking experience more enjoyable in more ways than one. High-quality cookware sets require less oil, maintain an even and consistent temperature, and are easier to clean. Just as importantly, cookware can act as its own design feature and brighten up your cooking space. Choose the right cookware to watch your kitchen decor and you have a beautiful yet functional way to enhance your kitchen’s look.
Breathe Some Life into the Space
A kitchen should feel warm and welcoming rather than sterile and uninviting. A bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers or benchtop herb garden is a lovely way to bring color and life into the room. These options are all cost-effective and could work double duty to add flavor to your food or provide attractive additional storage.
Give Yourself a Textile Treat
Dish towels are often an afterthought. You may be using the set that you picked up at the supermarket on sale, or the ones that Granny gave you for Christmas. Not choosing beautiful kitchen linens is a missed opportunity to bring joy to your day in a small and inexpensive way. Browse through the array of fun, quirky, and minimalist patterns and luxurious pure linen options that are available to find something that gives you a lift when you see it and use it throughout the day.
Declutter Your Cupboards
With the wave of Marie Kondo fever sweeping the nation, there is a good chance that you have already begun decluttering your wardrobe and refolding everything in your drawers. However, have you attacked your pantry and the dreaded second kitchen drawer? An organized and uncluttered home brings a sense of calm, and allows you to focus on the other areas of your life. It might be time to have a cleanout.
All of the Lights
Good lighting is essential in any space to set the mood. In the kitchen, it also needs to be functional to allow you to cook in the evenings when the sun goes down. So, whether you are blessed with loads of natural light or are relying entirely on your lighting scheme, this is one area where you can lift the room in a significant way with a minor investment. Consider including function lights like downlights or cabinet lighting, as well as mood lighting such as a pendant. You can also have the kind of light compliment the look you’re going for. A brighter, whiter light is perfect for a modern kitchen, while, softer, more yellow lights go beautifully with a more rustic or French provincial-style space.
Add a Rug
A rug can bring an additional layer of color and texture to your kitchen. There is something about a kitchen with a mat that feels cozy and complete. People often avoid placing rugs in this area, fearing they will get grubby, but the trick is to choose the right material. Cotton is affordable and easy to clean, synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene or viscose share this feature but also can be used in damp environments and is more long-lasting.
No matter what your home décor style is, these ideas will help to make your kitchen feel brighter, cleaner, and more inviting. Make a small investment in your kitchen, and you will feel better each time you use it.
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