Sometimes home improvement reaches beyond additions, new rooms, patios and replacing countertops. Adding value to your home goes beyond monetary changes to its look and feel and also includes the care and presentation one puts into a comfortable house. Today we’ll look at how to spruce up your kitchen in 10 easy steps which will compliment your remodeling job with a down-home and hearty feeling.
The kitchen is one of the most frequently-used rooms in many homes. From preparing meals to serving as a storage area for backpacks and school papers, the kitchen often acts as the center of family life. With all the wear and tear on your fixtures and appliances, fingerprints on the walls, and other little dings and dents that can happen, the kitchen can also get worn down pretty quickly. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to spruce up your kitchen area.
Try these ten quick fixes to spruce up your kitchen without spending thousands of dollars.
1. Make or Purchase New Curtains or Valances
New curtains can change the whole look of your kitchen. If you’re crafty, you can make your own curtain panels or valences by purchasing the fabric and following a pattern. If you’d rather cook than sew, buy new curtains or valances at a home fashions store or department store and you can have them hanging in less than an hour. Experiment with patterns, colors, and textures to add more personality to the room.
2. Add a Display Shelf to the Wall
A display shelf can add personality to your kitchen and also serve as a handy storage center for frequently-used items. Purchase or make a shelf that will hold the items you use the most and display some of your most treasured collectibles. Make the shelf blend in with your kitchen décor by painting it a matching or complementary color or adding interesting details.
3. Cut the Clutter
Kitchens are often filled with clutter that makes cooking and enjoying a meal more difficult. Cut down on the clutter by setting aside one day to go through the kitchen and get organized. Throw away or donate items you no longer use. Be sure to get rid of outdated food and beverages. Use drawer organizers, shelf organizers, containers, and other organizational tools to keep your remaining items organized.
4. Paint the Walls
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a tired looking kitchen. Prepare your walls for painting and then coat them with the color of your choice. Cool colors can help you stay calm while warm colors can soothe you and make your kitchen more cheerful.
5. Add Plants & Flowers
Brightly-color flowers and fresh green plants can add personality to your kitchen and cheer up everyone who enters. If you have a garden, you can cut fresh flowers or pot herbs, ivy, and other green plants and bring them into the kitchen. If you’re not a gardener, you can purchase bouquets of flowers and small potted plants inexpensively and arrange them attractively in vases, bowls, and pots. Place them on your kitchen table or on your counters to brighten things up.
6. Create Inexpensive Wall Hangings
Buying framed art can be very expensive, with some prints going into thousands. You can make framed wall hangings at a fraction of this outrageous price. Purchase coffee table books filled with photographs – these can often be found in the bargain section at your local bookstore. Cut out your favorite photos and, using matting, picture frames, and other decorative materials, frame each photo and hang it in the kitchen to liven things up a bit. This works especially well with photos of foods, wine, and other kitchen-related themes.
7. Add New Accents
Kitchen accents can change the look of your kitchen entirely without you having to make major renovations. Tablecloths, candlesticks, antiques, vases, refrigerator magnets, trivets, and similar items can be used to give your kitchen an inexpensive makeover.
8. Think About Decorative Lighting
New light fixtures or lighting covers can change the mood and feel of your kitchen without much of an expense. Experiment with different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures to create a whole new look.
9. Use Food for Decoration
Food can actually make a beautiful way to spruce up your kitchen. Experiment with different arrangements of fruits and vegetables in different textures and colors to come up with an attractive decorative item.
10. Display Cherished Kitchen Items
Plates, bowls, and utensils can be used to decorate your kitchen, and since you already have your favorite pieces, you don’t need to spend additional money to make this work. Display your wedding china, use cherished silver or crystal sets to enhance your table setting, or use a display rack to show off your best pieces.