We spend a lot of time in our kitchens so they should look and feel good, right?  But so many kitchens, due to old decor or poor floor plans, feel old, worn out, dark and downright depressing.  

You should feel good and uplifted in your kitchen. After all, it’s where we prepare our food. And if you are frustrated while preparing food, you are not setting yourself up for a peaceful meal, bonding with your family or making for good digestion. 

We’d like to share some simple ideas to give your kitchen the face lift it needs… and you can do it fast and affordably too!  Here’s how: 

1. Switch out your lighting.  
Look into using some stylish new pendant lights in the kitchen. These can easily become the new focal point of the room. You can usually find them for under $200, they are versatile and won’t empty your savings! 

2. Update to better hardware. 
Classic hardware is a great option when you need upgrade as they subtly enhance the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it can add up fast; especially if you have a large kitchen with many cabinets. 

3. Accessorize Wisely. 
Sometimes your options for accessories are limited, so it’s important to make the most of the little things. Gather together your most used items on woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging. This is great for things like, honey, sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil!

4. Give Your Cabinets A Fresh Look.
If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than just the average standard-issue white cabinets, you may want to think about adding color. Try going with pale earth tones, as they are all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes. You can also paint just half the cabinets for a high-contrast look. A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

5. Just Add Sconces. 
Swing-arm sconces above open shelving provide lovely light and offer more personality and ambiance than standard recessed or track lighting. Ideally you would want an electrician to install them with the cords hidden, but it might be possible to use plug-in versions with cord covers concealing the dangling cords.

6. Color Me Rustic.
Farmhouse accents instantly add warmth and character to a boring and drab kitchen. Replace the kitchen or pantry door with a sliding barn door, hang copper pots from a ceiling rack or bring in a timeworn antique wooden stool. You can even sand some of the wood’s edges for a worn and distressed look.

8. Add Simple Shelving.
Lacking upper cabinets? Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes.

9. Treat Yourself To Something New.
Isn’t it time for some new dishes?  I think you deserve it! Open shelving and counters are a great opportunity to practice the art of display. You can’t go wrong with classic white dishes and clear glass, but fun mismatched finds would work just as well if that’s your style.

10. Finish It Off With Shade.
Roman shades add an elegant note to any room and look especially at home in the kitchen, where any softness is most welcome. Have matching shades made for any glass doors in the same room for a consistent look.

You deserve to feel good about the home you’re in.  And if simple updates here and there aren’t enough, you may want to think about upgrading the whole space!  Call the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll get you started right away.  We’re here for you, because your house should always feel like a home. 

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