Best Kitchen Updates You Can Make

Kitchen updates are great whether you are looking to refresh your space or trying to tup the value of your home. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these updates either, small changes can make a big difference with the feel of the room. These solutions run from quick-day fixes to bigger weekend jobs. Look around your kitchen and see what may be lacking and what you can do to rejuvenate the space.

Update Hardware
An easy and inexpensive fix for a fresh look is swapping out your cabinet knobs. Try new metal or glass knobs for an easy way to elevate your space. A new kitchen faucet is another update that would provide immediate noticeability. Our faucets are in constant use, updating an old and dingy one is practical, adds style, and enhances the overall design of your kitchen.

Paint Your Cabinets
If your cabinets need a refresh, and you don’t have the budget for totally new cabinets, consider painting them. This is still a big project, but a cheaper option. Painting your cabinets plus new hardware is one of the best ways to breathe life into a tired kitchen along with a great return on your investment. Click here for a guide to painting your cabinets. 

Consider the other colors and elements in your room when choosing a color. If you already have a lot of color in the room, it may be best to go with neutral cabinets. There are many different shades of white, light grey, dark grey, and grey-beige that help ground the space and give freedom to incorporate more playful colors in other objects.

If darker cabinets are the route you are thinking of, colors such as emerald green, cranberry red, black, and navy blue can really make a statement in the kitchen. Remember that darker colors work best in large spaces since they can darken a room. If you do have a smaller kitchen, balance out the darker colors with white walls and lighter accents.

Two-toned cabinets are another popular option to give your kitchen some character. Use a lighter color on top and a darker one on the bottom to help ground the space.

Update Lighting
Updating the lighting situation can make all the difference in your kitchen. Replace any old pendant lights; if your kitchen doesn’t have any, add some. A popular and useful space to add pendant lights is above a kitchen island. Consider adding a light bar under your cabinets to illuminate your kitchen even more plus this can be helpful when reading recipes.  

Add Backsplash
Transform your cooking space with endless ideas for a backsplash using tile, stone, glass, ceramic, and more. Find one that best fits your kitchen style and your style.

A colorful backsplash may work well with a kitchen that is dressed in white and wood tones. A classic and casual option for modern kitchens is using a subway tile backsplash. Recycled glass tile can work best to blend with cabinets and countertops seamlessly. Using a marble slab as your stove backsplash can look stunning in a neutral kitchen (plus it is cheaper than marble countertops). 

Bring life into your kitchen by adding some decorative pieces. Cookbooks and cutting boards work well when sitting on countertops. Try displaying photos as a photo gallery on a blank wall. Add some small plants for some extra freshness.

Sources: Better Homes and Gardens, HGTVGood House Keeping

Sources: Better Homes & Gardens, Living Spaces

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