The kitchen is the heart of the home for good reason — it’s where we share meals with loved ones, entertain friends, and engage in important family duties such as helping the kids with homework. Given the amount of time we spend in our kitchens, it’s no surprise that we want them to be as beautiful and functional as possible, and luckily, small updates go a long way towards transforming this space. Read on for five easy kitchen upgrades that have a big impact.
1. Install a Backsplash
Installing a backsplash is one of the most transformative design elements you can add to your kitchen, and it comes with an added bonus: it’s much easier to clean cooking splatters off of backsplash tile than paint. Backsplash tiles come in countless colours, shapes and textures, and can be laid in different patterns (think chevron and herringbone), for a truly custom look that doesn’t break the bank.
2. Upgrade Your Lighting
The right lighting can transform a room — and in the kitchen, selecting pendant lights to hang over the kitchen island or dining table will not only add style to your space, but provide an additional light source. For a contemporary look, seek out pendants with geometric shapes, and opt for a metal that complements the other finishes in the room.
3. Don’t Forget Your Hardware and Fixtures
Updating the hardware on your cabinets may not seem significant, but it’s often key to helping pull your kitchen design together. Matching your hardware to your cabinet pulls, faucet and other metallic accents delivers a sleek appeal, but mixing metals can be just as striking and refined.
4. Use Pattern & Colour for Added Visual Interest
Paint is one of the most transformative elements in a home, and we’d say the same for wallpaper, too. A stroke of paint in a daring hue or a dramatic, patterned wallpaper can breathe life into a simple wall in your kitchen, create a focal point, and make the space more reflective of your personal style.
5. Get Organized
You can never have enough storage, and in the kitchen, keeping organized is crucial. While cabinet, drawer, and pantry storage units aren’t a style or design-related update, you will certainly appreciate how functional and efficient your space will become as a result of installing them. From saving you time while cooking or meal planning, to keeping clutter off countertops, a well-organized kitchen is seasoned for success.
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