The kitchen is the heart of the home – the room most used and where loved ones come together. Where you can be inspired to cook healthy meals. And where functional design can make a big difference in your quality of day-day life – and the value of your home.
You just need to get strategic and creative about making it both functional and inspirational. Here’s how.

1. Repaint

You have a small kitchen that could become overwhelmed by a busy pattern. Paint is generally a foolproof way to add character to a kitchen, as long as you get a formula that can resist moisture and has a wipeable sheen—eggshell and satin are best for walls.

If you want a trendier look or you live in an older home that has walls with imperfections, like hairline cracks, as wallpaper will help hide them. Just make sure to use a vinyl-based wall covering, which will withstand steam and splashes better than a paper-based one. If your kitchen feels bland, says designer Vern Yip, author of Design Wise, “wallpaper is a great way to inject pattern into a space that usually doesn’t have much visual interest.”

2. Replace Hardware

Replacing builder-grade knobs and drawer pulls with new or vintage hardware adds character to your kitchen. In just a few minutes, you can quickly transform outdated doors into seemingly new cabinets.

Hardware doesn’t have to match the finish of your sink and appliances. Mixing metals—like brass pulls with black appliances—adds visual interest to your kitchen design.

Most homeowners handle drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs every day. So, choose a style that is easy to clean and matches the old hardware’s drill length (the distance between drill holes) for quick installation. If needed, you can fill holes or drill new ones to change the style.

Look for a hardware design that is as functional as it is beautiful. Ornate styles might catch on loose clothes while novelty pulls turn off prospective buyers. Consider whether the style you choose is suitable for family members with arthritis or limited dexterity.

3. Floor

Most times, we change everything but forget about the floor which wears out quickly. Switch up from your old flooring and make your floor new. The kitchen experiences a lot of foot traffic; this is why it gets old easily. You not only need a beautiful floor but a sturdy one so it can last.

4. Replace Cupboard

Some would think that the knobs on different compartments are tiny, insignificant details. They can even be easily overlooked. However, that with a little thought towards the design, this can change the aesthetics of your kitchen dramatically.

The knobs can include accents of shading and identity. If you have a theme, sharpen the detail further by letting the knobs join in. If it is difficult to mix and match colours, give thought to jewel-like knobs. These are pleasant to the eyes while providing a firm grip for functionality.

5. Install a Backsplash

Add pattern and texture to your kitchen with a new backsplash. These days, a new backsplash can be as easy as peel-and-stick.

Among the most popular styles is white subway tile, but you can choose virtually any size, shape and color. Most are made from either ceramic, porcelain or glass.
Designers sometimes capture the vertical space above range by using a herringbone or vertical lines. Why stop with the minimum three-inch sink splash? Install the backsplash all the way to the upper cabinets or ceiling for a contemporary look. Consider edging exposed sides with metal trim.

6. Update Your lighting.

This one little refresh can update the look and feel of your whole space AND make it much easier to work in. Look for modern but inexpensive light fixtures locally or online – two of my go-to sources include Schoolhouse and West Elm.

– Add pendants over your island or peninsula.

– Add a gooseneck sconce or a dramatic pendant over the sink.

– Add puck lighting or a string of tiny white lights underneath your cabinets to illuminate your counter for working and to add ambiance.

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