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5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen for the Ultimate Look

Your kitchen is a necessary focal point in your home, so make sure yours stands out. Here are some ingenious ways to update your kitchen to perfection.

Few rooms in your home are quite as important as your kitchen. It’s truly a gathering space for when you have guests over and for when you’re cooking a meal for yourself or for your family. Throughout your lifetime, you’ll spend hours upon hours in your kitchen, creating many beautiful memories along the way. The last thing you want is for your kitchen to feel outdated, so bring it back to life with some artful touches and modern kitchen hoods.

With the help of these simple ways to update your kitchen, it’ll become a space you really love.

Add a pop of color

Nothing can brighten up a space quite like color can. We don’t always think about fun colors when it comes to our kitchens, but they can add a lot to that space. From a bright turquoise wall to poppy-red stools, every colorful touch will add some much-needed flair. Even better, color helps you truly show off your personality. It can come in a variety of forms: for a more widescale change, choose colorful pieces of furniture; for something more subtle, add a fun piece of décor.

Hang up some shelving

Do you ever feel that your kitchen simply doesn’t have enough storage space? Luckily, there’s an easy fix for that: simply hang up some shelving, and see how much more you can fit in your kitchen. Best of all, the shelves won’t just be functional—they’ll also look great. Whether you go for a rustic look or something more modern, the change will elevate the entire space. However, the last thing you want is for the shelves to look messy, so once you’ve installed them, keep everything in its neat and orderly place.

Utilize unique lighting fixtures

If you really want to change the ambiance of your kitchen, you’ve got to have some stellar lighting. Unique lighting fixtures such as pendant lights look incredible, as does the light they give off—they’ll perfectly accent your island and bring a modern touch of sophistication that will blow away any of your guests. Plus, you never want to strain your eyes with uncomfortable lighting, so getting something you really love is worth it.

Repaint your cabinets

Cabinets take up the majority of your kitchen’s space, so with the right paint color and finish, the look of your kitchen can change entirely. Most people opt for a brighter, lighter color, such as a white or a teal. If you want something more luxurious, though, a rich brown wood looks fantastic. Painting will make your entire kitchen look brand-new, and it’s simple enough to do on your own. Simply block off an afternoon or two to get the job done; if you take your time, it’ll look so good that a professional might as well have done it.

Add touches of art

From modern pieces to something more classic, art can bring life and vitality into any space. People don’t often think to put art in their kitchens, but it can really liven up the space. One timeless option is to find some illustrated prints of food, which add to the cozy ambiance of a kitchen. For something a bit more modern, opt for bold, black-and-white pieces of contemporary art. As long as you pick something that speak to you, you truly can’t go wrong.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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