Tired of the same old kitchen, but don't want the hassle (or price tag) of an entire renovation? These fast and easy updates take the room from make-do to magnificent.
1. Refresh Your Cabinets
An easy way to update cabinetry is by painting the insides a contrasting color, like architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, did in this western Connecticut home. You'll be sure to enjoy the unexpected detail every time you reach for a glass, or you can even try removing cabinet doors to get the look of open shelves.
2. Add Table Lamps
Placing table lamps on your island or dining table makes your kitchen feel like a room, not a laboratory. Designer Robert Stillin did this with Visual Comfort's Column lamp to make the 2009 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year feel more cozy.
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3. Try a New Gadget
You don't have to invest in brand-new appliances like an industrial stove. Instead, become inspired to cook a new dish, or just have more fun cooking a family favorite, with a fun, functional gadget like a citrus juicer. We like this one from Cuisipro.com.
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Instead of buying herbs at the grocery store, take a cue from this Connecticut home by designer Carole Lalli and plant herbs in pots for your kitchen. They will add freshness to the atmosphere and your food.
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5. Switch Out Hardware
6. Hang Mirrors
For extra light and to make a kitchen feel more open, hang a mirror. It will reflect any natural light already present. You can even try paneling the cabinets, like in this Brooklyn home by designer Jonathan Berger.
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7. Transform Your Tiles
Update the look of your backsplash - without grout - by using tile decals. These adhesive stickers come in various sizes to perfectly cover up dated tile designs, plus they don't leave a sticky residue. We like these Mibo tile tattoos through 2Jane.com, or try Zazzle.com's vintage tile stickers.
8. Mix Up Seating
Whether you have upholstered or wood chairs, a fresh and modern look is to mix up the dining area seating. Alternate chair cushion colors, like designer Todd Klein did in this New York apartment, or if you're more bold, try rotating in different styles of seating that you already have around the house.PLUS: 17 EASY WAYS TO CURB CLUTTER
What would you like to update in your kitchen?
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