Between cooking, cleaning, eating meals, late-night snacking, and oftentimes catching up on work or bills, the kitchen is likely one of the rooms that we spend the most time in—and if that’s so, shouldn’t it also be one of the prettiest rooms?
If your kitchen is looking a little drab, use these simple tips from our friends at Laurel & Wolf to transform it into a space that will make you want to quit your day job and become the next Bobby Flay.
1. Coat your kitchen with fresh paint colors
Whether you paint a wall, coat your cabinets with a new shade or even add color to your island, a fresh layer of paint can give your kitchen a major update and make it feel like a brand new space.
2. Make it bright and beautiful
Image via Tobi Fairley Interiors
Changing up your kitchen lighting situation can make a huge difference. If you’re currently working with harsh fluorescents and outdated lighting fixtures, chances are your kitchen isn’t the most pleasant place to cook. We recommend swapping out the old for a set of luxe chrome pendant lights, which look especially great hanging over an island.
3. Add extra shelving
If you have such limited counter and cabinet space that your spices and glassware barely have room to breathe, it’s time to add some shelving. Floating shelves that sit high above the counters provide lots of extra space, make your kitchen look streamlined and clean, and allow you to display your brilliant collection of dishware.
4. Out with the old chairs, in with the new
Sometimes all that’s holding your kitchen back are those semi-broken Ikea chairs you purchased for your first apartment. If you have a breakfast nook or eating area, simply replacing the chairs for an updated set can transform the whole space. Opt for chairs that make a statement but also fit with lots of different design styles, like a set of stylish Lucite chairs.
5. Add a little island magic
If you don’t have a built-in already, a free-standing island can take your kitchen decor up more than just a few notches. It’s the perfect storage solution for large bowls, cutting boards, and hand towels and they make a great statement piece in a kitchen that feels a little bare.
6. Say hello to new hardware
Simply replacing cabinet handles and hardware can make your kitchen gleam. Toss loose or aging hardware away and replace with shiny brass knobs, chrome, or gold plated handles for a look that’s as glossy as the pages of an Elle Decor.
7. Update your dishware
If you have open cabinets or shelving, you’re pretty much putting your plates on display, which means it’s time for a set that you can be proud of. Matching dishware with at least six per set is the way to go—so you might have to say goodbye to your old sorority tumblers from college (or at least stash them out of sight).
8. Add a pop of color and texture with a rug
Go ahead and make your kitchen just as comfortable as your living room. Add a little eclecticism with colorful patterned pillows and toss an oriental rug onto the tiles for a look that’s bright, fun, and far from basic.
9. Clean up clutter
Can’t find the wine opener? Has the cheese grater gone missing again? If you feel overwhelmed every time you open a kitchen drawer, it’s time for a drawer organizer. This way you can separate and categorize your kitchenware, find things easily, and whenever you slide a drawer open you’ll feel a little pride over how neat and organized your drawers look.
Now that you’re sufficiently inspired to revamp your kitchen, head over to Laurel & Wolf to arrange for an interior designer to add finishing touches!