Is your kitchen a dreary and uninteresting place to work in? It does not need to be like that, you can change it quite easily either yourself or by hiring professionals to do it for you. The trick is to know what you desire before you take a sledge hammer to your present kitchen.
So, before you go about destroying what you already have, go about collecting ideas for replacement. You can get great ideas from the home refurbishment TV programmes, from home design magazines, by looking at friends' kitchens and by reading my suggestions below.
Maybe the best place to begin is to think about how to reveal your own personal style. This could be a broad trend like farmhouse, Tuscan, Mexican, modern, or it could be a little bit of many styles to make up your own. However, do not forget that there is plenty of scope to convey your own individuality even if you select a broad trend.
One trap to avoid is attempting to get all the latest gadgets from a broad style. For example, if you follow the modern broad trend to its logical conclusion, your kitchen will look like a cold, clinical hotel or hospital kitchen full of stainless steel. If you like all that sort of equipment , then fine, but it is uncomfortable for a family to feel at home in.
If money is short, you could just repaint the units a different colour and replace the handles. That will make a huge difference. Altering the background lighting is another pretty cheap way of varying the accent of your kitchen. Put subtle lighting under the wall cabinets and if you already have those, try fixing some spot lights to the ceiling and if you already have those, try adding some wall sconces for candles.
If you have attractive pots and pans or want to get a set, why not show them off by fixing a rack to the wall from which to hang your pots and pans? it adds a very interesting effect to any kitchen.
You can also make a huge difference to the kitchen (or any room for that matter) by changing the flooring. Solid timber is stunning, but if you cannot afford that, you could try veneered flooring or stone, if the floor will take the weight. It is a good idea to endeavor to use the kitchen flooring to reinforce the broad image of your kitchen's new style.
If you do not already have one, think about creating an outdoor kitchen for use when the weather permits. An outdoor kitchen really frees up a lot of room and 'usage'. People flow to the outdoor kitchen whilst the weather is fine and your indoor living space suddenly seems less chaotic.
Last, but not least, the kitchen table. Just changing the style or shape of your kitchen table will have a big influence on the general appearance of your kitchen. Go from wood to glass or from square to round.
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