Simple changes in lighting, decor, and storage can make a big difference in the look and functionality of your space.
Every few years, most kitchens need a few updates to look refreshed and work better. Simple changes in lighting, decor, and storage can make a big difference in the look and functionality of your space. If one of your goals in the New Year is to update your kitchen, here are some changes you can make, while keeping your budget in mind.
Peel and stick tile
New vinyl tile can transform your kitchen floor from drab to remarkable within a few hours. With so many peel and stick options available, you can choose a tile that looks like wood, mosaic, or ceramic and get the same look for a lot less money. You can also jazz up your kitchen island and cover scuff marks with a few peel and stick tiles.
Turn any surface into a communication center with chalkboard paint. Refrigerator insert panels, cabinets, pantry doors, and more can be used for menus, shopping lists, schedules, or motivational quotes. Not only will a little paint add visual interest to your space, it will serve a more significant purpose. You can get creative and get the kids involved, too.
Organization trays and jars
When you're cooking, it's ideal if you have easy access to your supplies. Since you probably don't want to clutter your counter space, a large tray can keep all of your essential items contained, but within reach. Keep cooking utensils and condiments in pretty jars and display them together on a wooden, metal, or glass tray. This will add visual interest and functionality.
Cabinet door handles
If your cabinets are making your kitchen look dated, you don't have to replace them to get an updated look. A little paint and new hardware can modernize your space. Customize your cabinets with new door handles and drawer pulls. This detail can completely transform the look of your kitchen.
If you have any open wall space in your kitchen, open shelving can provide you with visual interest and more storage. With a few painted planks and brackets, you can transform a bare wall into a focal point. Display your favorite dishes, artwork, or kitchen tools for a cottage-style look.
To better organize your kitchen and maximize your cabinet space, install glide-out shelving in your lower cabinets. Glide-out shelving can eliminate common frustrations in your kitchen because everything will be within reach. It's the perfect solution for keeping things organized in your pantry, too.
Updated lighting will refresh the look of your kitchen and make performing tasks easier and safer. Enhance your space with a new chandelier, whimsical pendant lights, functional track lighting, or under cabinet lighting. Allow natural sunlight in during the day to save on energy costs.
Assess what needs to be done in your kitchen to make it better work for you. Look for inspiration online or in magazines and create a vision board with your ideas. Prioritize your goals and make a realistic plan to tackle each task.