It’s all too easy to get bored of a kitchen. The decor becomes outdated, the appliances age and become less efficient and sometimes the layout just plain sucks. Today, we'll take a look at six different ways to help transform your space from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’ and have you falling in love with your kitchen again.
Six Ways To Help You Fall in Love With Your Kitchen Again
1. Improve Your Lighting
No one wants to cook in a kitchen with poor lighting. If your kitchen is drab and dreary, is it possible to add more natural light to your kitchen? If so, then go for it - there’s nothing better than whipping up a romantic meal as you watch the sunset. If it's not possible to add additional windows or skylights, consider adding task lighting like pendants or recessed pot lights. Even LED strip lighting or battery operated tap lights can help with mood and ambiance.
2. An Open Concept Floor Plan
Cozy kitchens are charming, there's no doubt about it. But having a separate area from the rest of the house for cooking and eating is so passe. Open concept floor plans are de rigueur these days, and there's a good reason for that. An open concept floor plan--one that combines kitchen, dining and even a living area--bring in that much needed natural lighting, well, naturally. Eliminating light-blocking walls will give you the feeling of spaciousness, and that's a big benefit when it comes to entertaining guests. If you're considering a kitchen remodel, speak to a qualified home remodeler about whether or not you can go open concept in your home.
3. An Inexpensive Fix: Upgrade The Accessories
It’s not at all enjoyable to spend time in a kitchen that feels dated and old. You want to have a space that's at the very least pleasant and attractive. If an entire remodel isn't feasible at the moment, look for making minor upgrades with new hardware, switch plate and outlet covers, and even appliance paint. Minor home improvements such as these will start you on your way toward bigger projects without being completely committed to a particular color or style.
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4. Get Space Savvy
One of the biggest reasons folks don’t like their kitchen is because it feels disorganized and lacks proper storage space. If that’s the case with you and your kitchen, look at getting creative about your storage solutions. For example, you can add a lot more storage to your existing kitchen by making the most of unused spaces, like hanging a pot rack from the ceiling or adding open shelving to empty walls.
5. Add A Touch Of Whimsy
Fall in love with your kitchen again by adding personal touches. For example, I am alllllll about that Pioneer Woman life right now, and have peppered my kitchen with many of her pretty patterns, like the ones below. I also love a rustic farmhouse look, so in addition to the colorful touches, my color scheme includes shades of cream and white.
6. Upgrade Your Kitchen Tools & Appliances
It might be tempting to buy cheap, off-brand kitchen items, but this can end up costing you a lot more in the long run, and isn't going to do much to improve your attitude about your kitchen. Skip the no-name brands and purchase well-made kitchen tools and other equipment. If you're wondering where to start, check out Cut It Fine to discover reviews of some of the best kitchen knives on the market today. Bonus: unlike the cheap knockoffs, name brand kitchen equipment will most likely come with a warranty, ensuring a replacement or repair should something become damaged or broken.
Are you making any changes to your kitchen this year? If so, what? Let us know in the comments below.