Four Easy Ways To Give Your Kitchen A New Look

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You don't have to undertake a total remodeling project to give your kitchen a new look. With a few simple changes, you can transform your kitchen to make it a beautiful space where your family gathers for meals, snacks, or conversation. Here are some easy ways you can update your kitchen with the help of your remodeling contractor.

Wallpapered Kitchen Island

Your island is the heart and soul of the room, and giving it a new look can revitalize the entire kitchen. Consider adding wallpaper to the sides that have no cabinets, and paint the cabinet fronts to match. You can find wallpaper in wood, tile, or brick patterns for a way to mimic these materials without the cost. Another option is to choose a delicate wallpaper pattern that draws on the other colors in the room.

Subway Tile Backsplash

Whether the walls above your counters have dated wallpaper or they have simply been painted a solid color, you can give them a new appearance with subway tile. Subway tile can be purchased in sheets for easy installation, and it comes in a variety of designs to suit your personal taste. Glass mosaic designs offer vibrant color, while simple, white subway tile brings a fresh, clean look to your room. Have your contractor install the tile for you, and consider adding a contrasting tile to your counters, to give them a fresh appearance. By tiling the counters, you can give them a distinct look, without having to do a complete replacement.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Dated kitchen cabinets can make a kitchen appear much older, but you may not have the budget for complete cabinet replacement. If you have wood cabinets, consider painting them, as an alternative to replacing them. For kitchens with dark wood cabinets, consider going lighter with a bright white or soft cream color. You can also give the room a chic, modern look with an ebony or slate color scheme. Consider painting the doors a different color than the rest of the cabinetry, for a unique look.

Pendant Breakfast Bar Lighting

If you have a breakfast bar in the kitchen, consider making it the focal point of the room, with pendant lighting. These lights hang low over the bar area to create a more cozy feel, and they come in an array of colors and designs to match your decor theme. Stained glass or rubbed bronze designs bring vintage style to your space, while clear glass or frosted white shades bring a bright, fresh feeling to the room. Hang the pendant lights in a row spanning the length of the breakfast bar. For longer bar areas, this may mean installing three or more lights. If you don't have a breakfast bar, but your kitchen does have an island, install these lights over the island, instead.

Work with your contractor to create a timeline for these renovations, and visit your local home improvement store to explore different colors and designs you can use in your newly decorated kitchen.

For more information, talk to companies like Logan Construction.

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