The kitchen is the heart of the home; you want your kitchen to be personal, unique, and inviting. Sometimes to achieve this personal look a kitchen needs a complete remodel, but often minor changes or simple additions can breathe new life into this all-important space such as cool and unique commercial microwaves. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Accessorize with bright colors
Brightly colored dishes, appliances, accessories, or artwork can invigorate an otherwise bland space. Adding a pop of color is especially effective when the kitchen is largely white and chrome. Stick to three or four colors in relative tones for an uncluttered look.
Full-height cabinets/crown molding
Builder’s grade cabinets leave a small space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. Pushing the cabinet profile to the ceiling with extended cabinets or crown molding creates an illusion of greater height, makes use of dead space, and keeps dust from accumulating on top.
Use unconventional color combinations such as plum walls with gray cabinetry, or a deep blue back-splash with lavender window dressing. Be aware that these deeper colors will require added lighting to avoid making the room look too dark.
Energy-efficient LED bulbs are available in a variety of styles and colors; so rather than painting the walls, use LED lights to add interchangeable colors at a minimal cost. Colors can be changed to reflect the season, enhance new decor, or for parties.
Colored strip lighting looks striking under the cabinets and along the baseboard as well.
Cabinets are easily refreshed with molding applied to the facing, a new color or stain, and the addition of hardware such as handles and knobs. If you have a beautiful dish collection, why hide them behind solid cabinet doors? Adding glass doors naturally brightens the entire space while showcasing your collection. Faceted glass is an elegant statement while paneled glass lends a more rustic look.
A unique back-splash
Utilize this small section of wall for maximum impact; a mirrored back-splash will create the illusion of a larger space, a marble piece lends distinction and a classic touch, hammered metals such as bronze or chrome blend beautifully with deep wood-tones for a rustic look.
Giving your kitchen a new look is neither difficult nor costly. Well-planned, simple changes often have a very dramatic effect. Move beyond the purely utilitarian aspects of the kitchen and turn it into a showcase of your personal tastes and quirks.