The kitchen is one of the most used areas of the house. It’s also more likely to get dirty due to cooking, spillage, and the moisture that builds up due to heat from the stove. This can lead to wearing out of the cabinets, the wall paint, and the ceiling. This is why kitchens are more likely to get renovated than the rest of the house.
However, not everyone is ready for a full renovation. Sometimes all you need is a small tweak over here and there. Usually, small additions can seem transformative for the whole kitchen. This is why we have decided to share with you 5 incredible ways to upgrade your kitchen. We hope you can accomplish at least one of these if not all.
1. Hang an Art Painting
This might seem too simple but once you try it you’ll feel a huge difference in your kitchen. A simple piece of art can do wonders if chosen accordingly. Keep your kitchen wall’s color and the cabinets in mind when selecting a piece of art to hang. It doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. You can buy affordable, even free, from websites like Etsy and Society 6.
Another type of art that you can add to your kitchen is Chinoiserie or fretwork wallpapers to your cabinet doors. These can beautify your dull and plain cabinet doors. However, they are even better to apply to worn-out cabinet doors to hide their condition.
The same goes for wall paintings. If there’s a part of the wall that has developed dampness, hanging a piece of art can be a good coverup.
2. Renovate Your Kitchen Lighting
Lightning is one factor that is usually not paid enough attention to. However, if utilized correctly, it can add a character to your kitchen. Also, renovating your kitchen lighting does not have to be expensive. You can find some affordable pendant ceiling lights online. The trend of led linear lights is also very popular in modern kitchens.
Sometimes, just changing the sconces make a huge difference. If you have an old-fashioned kitchen with an old lighting system, changing just that would go a long way. Not only are they great style-wise but they also provide better lighting than the traditional ceiling-embedded bulbs.
Another lightning option is adding a string of tiny lights below your wall hanging cabinets. Besides, these kinds of lights are also very good at illuminating your countertop.
Kitchens these days are filled with so many useless items. Countertops are so much messed up with stuff that is rarely used. If that’s your case you need to find wall hangs or portable storage cabinets to organize these items.
However, we suggest you ask yourself this simple question,” what items among these have I not used in the last two weeks?”. Chances are there are going to be a lot of them. You should categorize all these items into a group of three.
- Used now and then
- Rarely used
You need to arrange your essentials around your stove and countertop. The second type can be placed in your cabinets. While the ones you use for special occasions should be kept in some storage away. Sometimes, people keep dishes for occasions like Christmas or thanksgiving. These can be stored in another room in a showcase.
Decluttering will not just free up space but will also give a minimalistic look to your kitchen.
4. Add some greenery to your kitchen
Since cooking meals involves boiling and frying, an unhealthy kind of moisture can sometimes build up in kitchens. This can also be accompanied by an unpleasant smell. These two pitfalls can make your kitchen look like a nineteenth-century factory.
A kitchen in a residential unit should have a lively environment. Adding some plants can help you do that. For example plants like English ivy and Heartleaf Philodendron can be hung from the windows and cabinets. They are great for purifying the air and providing a refreshing aura.
The most common indoor plants are Aloe Vera, Snake plant, and small types of Cactus. They are easy to care for, can survive with minimum sunlight, and provide a natural scent to the room. People also use artificial plants. They may not provide the benefits of a real plant but they do make the room aesthetically pleasing.
5. Try changing your kitchen’s backsplash
A kitchen’s backsplash is the vertical wall area between your countertop and the shelf above it. The material of a backsplash is usually ceramic tile. In most cases, it’s not as sizable as it is significant.
By replacing your old backsplash with a new one you will end up changing the whole outlook of your kitchen. This is quite inexpensive in comparison to repainting your wall. We suggest you match it with your cabinets.
Everyone is aware of big changes such as redoing your walls or cabinets but you probably already know that. However, there are some smaller changes you can make which will have a big impact on how your kitchen looks.
These easy upgrades will make a great impression, and help make your kitchen become the selling point of your home. Having an appealing kitchen not only increases buyer interest in your home, it can also have a positive impact on the value of your home as well. This means these small changes are worth doing when you are thinking of selling your home.
When you have decided to sell your home, and are in the process of making upgrades to improve its appeal, this is a great time to consider a pre-sale property valuation. This will enable you to make informed choices regarding the selling price and market when looking to sell. Making smart choices when selling a property, or upgrading your kitchen will help you make the most out of your property’s value.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.