While a kitchen should be functional, it is the heart of the home, and so should reflect the style of those who enjoy it on a daily basis. When most people think of kitchen design, they think of a complete overhaul complete with new appliances, countertops, floors, and cabinets, but you don’t have to do make massive, costly changes to add personal style and character to your kitchen. From the experts at Tops Kitchen Cabinets, here are some ways to add character to your kitchen and make it uniquely yours without a full-blown remodel!
- Paint – Choosing a new color for your kitchen is one of the easiest ways to update your kitchen. Whether you chose a to paint the walls or the cabinets or both, new paint can make all the difference. If you decide to paint your cabinets, be sure to add new hardware to enhance the new look.
- Kitchen Tiles – On the wall or on the floor, tiles can add a pop of style to your kitchen. On the wall consider a strong pattern as a focal point or a backsplash to add color and style. If the budget is tight, a backsplash can enhance and add character in a cost-effective way. On the floor, choose a favorite color which complements the rest of your kitchen, using gloss and matte finishes to create added interest.
- Wallpaper – while you might think of wallpaper as ideal for the kitchen, it is among the favorites of designers today. Wallpaper adds a distinct feel and immediate character along with a cozy aesthetic. Keep in mind, large, bold patters pair well with contemporary cabinetry, while smaller prints work with traditional styles.
- Natural Elements – Adding some natural elements, like wood, is also a great way to spruce up your kitchen and make it unique. On cabinets, adding wood planks or paneling to end units can add texture as well as unique design element to your kitchen. Once the wood is securely in place, use a stain or wash to get the tone that most complements your space. Plants, especially herbs or an indoor garden, can add a lot of character for little cost. Consider a hanging herb garden (which can do double duty by adding beauty to your space and fresh flair to your meals), succulents, or a large, pretty palm for an empty spot.
- Dining Table and Other Furniture – Your existing table and other furnishings can deliver a custom look for your kitchen. If your table is attractive, let it be a focal point of your space, highlighting the other features of your space. With a wood table, you’ll want to be mindful of other wood features in your space, trying keep the wood finishes complementary. Other ways to showcase your table include an interesting plant, pendant lighting, or attractive dining chairs. In addition to your table, you can also use freestanding kitchen furniture and vintage finds – like cabinets or even a bookcase or dresser, refinished or upcycled to enhance your look.
- Lighting – Lighting is the perfect way to add impact and character to your kitchen. Because the kitchen serves many functions as a gathering space for family and friends, you’ll want functional task lighting as well as attractive ambient lighting. Choose overhead lighting coupled with wall lights and pendants chosen from your favorite stores, antique shops, or restoration/reclamation stores. Look for lighting that is functional but also enhances your unique style – color, material, or design.
- Art – Artwork can add flair to any kitchen and dining space. Keep in mind that art doesn’t necessarily mean paintings but can include groupings of some of your favorite things – like plates, framed recipes or menus, and even photos.