Simple ideas for adding style & functionality to the heart of your home
From everyday breakfasts to special celebrations, kitchens function as the hub of the home. It’s the one space where everyone converges to eat, drink and share. If your kitchen isn’t as stylish or functional you’d like, it’s time to upgrade. The good news is you don’t have to overhaul your kitchen to make it feel new. Here are some simple ideas that can make a big difference.
If you want to fall in love with your kitchen again, start with how you want it to ‘feel.’ Look at magazines and websites to get inspired. Note the looks you are drawn to—are they warm and welcoming? Cool and sophisticated? Classic and timeless? Casual and laid back? Defining the personality of the space you desire is the first step to guiding your home improvement and shopping plans.
A fabulous kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. Before you start decorating, evaluate how you use your kitchen. Is the size and shape of your table right for your space? Do you have enough seating to accommodate guests or are you often pulling in chairs from other rooms? Is your kitchen table also functioning as a desk for homework or crafts?
Refreshing a kitchen rarely requires a complete remodel.
For a DIY weekend project, consider:
- Updating your wall color
- Changing out cabinet hardware and drawer pulls
- Adding an updated kitchen faucet
- Installing pendant lights over a bar or counter-top
For an afternoon project, consider:
- Incorporating decorative accents, such as: artwork, window treatments and floor mats
- Adding colorful new accessories, patterned dish towels, a cool trash can and bright counter-top containers
- Enlivening the interiors of cabinets, bookshelves or china cabinets with a contrasting paint color or bold wallpaper.
Today’s Top Kitchen Trends
Whether you’re contemplating a simple kitchen refresh or a complete remodel, it’s always good to know what’s in fashion. Here are three of the top design trends in North America according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).Gray color schemes. Popular for both kitchen and bath, shades of gray are growing in appeal. It’s the newest neutral for creating chic, sophisticated spaces.
- Transitional styling. While there will always be demand for customized looks, transitional-style kitchens have now surpassed traditional ones in popularity.
- Quartz finishes. Granite has long been a perennial countertop finish, yet quartz is on its heels as a growing trendsetter.