Spring is approaching, and that often sends homeowners into a flurry of cleaning, rearranging, or daydreaming of a remodel. Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, it’s only natural that we start thinking of ways we could improve our kitchen experience. But if you’re not ready to take on a full kitchen makeover, here are a few ways you can spruce up the heart of your home without investing too much cash.
Let In More Light
One of the biggest and easiest changes you can make will be to let more light into your kitchen. This can be done by changing your existing window treatments to something that looks great and functions well. A sheer shade, venetian blind, shutters – it’s really up to your personal sense of style. Simply remembering to open your existing window coverings can also help brighten your kitchen. If you have a little more time and money to spend, you can even experiment with new light fixtures. And now is also the perfect time to replace the burned-out bulbs in your kitchen lights (not to mention clean out any dust that’s accumulated there) – get out your step ladder and go to work.
Change Some Of Your Cabinet Accents
Your cabinets help define your kitchen. And if you can’t justify a full scale remodel of your cabinetry, you can always change the little things to make a big difference. New hardware can make your cabinets look refreshed – and it’s an easy task to do on your own. Just take a count of the knobs and handles you might need for your cabinet doors and drawers, and pick up some new fashions at your local hardware store. There will be plenty to choose from, but take one of your existing handles with you to make sure it is the right fit (different pieces can have different drilling patterns). You’ll be able bring your cabinets into this century, or you can even add some ornate details if you’re feeling adventurous.
Add Some Color
There are many ways to add color to your kitchen. You can paint your walls, refinish and paint your cabinets, or even add patterned wall-paper to a section of your kitchen. If you’re sick of your subway tile backsplash, there are many pre-fabricated eye-catching backsplash patterns available now that can be simply applied to your kitchen. A little color will go a long way towards changing your entire kitchen’s look and feeling.
Devise Eye-Catching Counter Organization
Organization is vital to making the most of your kitchen’s space. If you’re sick of searching for oft-used cooking tools deep within the drawers of your kitchen, you can try making your own countertop organization system. Jars with fancy labels, a magnetic strip attached to your wall, or a hook system can all help keep your tools out in the open and give your kitchen a new look.
Give Your Wall Some Life
A green wall, a set-up of planters or pots where you can grow fresh produce, is an easy way to add some new life to your kitchen. Fresh greens, increased oxygen, and a unique look – you can have all these things by installing a green wall in your kitchen. There are many ways to do this, depending on the space you have: hang baskets from your pantry door, buy a pre-made wall planter, or, if you don’t have a lot of space, you can just line your window sill with edible plants. Keep it watered, and you’ll have plenty of salad and fresh herbs to choose from.