Update with Wall Color
Give a plain white kitchen an instant update with a wall color. We gave this kitchen a fresh new look with an intense shade of raspberry red on the walls. The wall color revitalizes the cabinets by simply creating a background for them. When you use a dark color on the walls, remember to keep the floors and ceilings lighter. This creates a visual balance and will prevent your room from feeling smaller.
If you have a small galley kitchen that is cut off from your living space, consider opening it up. This is a great way to expand your kitchen and modernize your home. Create a large opening in the wall between your living space and kitchen. Consult with a builder to determine how big your opening can be. Once you have created the opening, extend the countertop on the room side to create a peninsula. Then, add some seating to make it an inviting and fun place to hang out.
Add an Island Table
Open living spaces have their benefits – great light and a sense of spaciousness. However, even an open living space needs a little organization to function well. Add a kitchen island to create definition, between your kitchen and living areas without closing off your kitchen. This kitchen design uses a table to create an island instead of cabinets. A table island can be an easy and low cost addition compared to a built-in island. It has a lighter look, is still functional and has a decorative appeal.
Add an Accent Wall
An accent wall is a fantastic and easy way to update a kitchen. Choose one wall to be the focal point for your room. Add a paint color, tiles or even a stone finish to create your accent wall. In this kitchen, we created an accent wall using red glass tiles to add a bright splash of color without overwhelming the space. Add some fun kitchen accessories in the same color to complete the look.
Update the Backsplash
Sometimes the best kitchen updates are the less obvious ones. For example, updating or adding a backsplash. This kitchen design got an instant upgrade with a white marble backsplash. Marble is as practical as it is lovely, which makes it a great choice for a backsplash. You can create a marble backsplash with marble slab, wall tiles or even marble floor tiles.
Try Open Shelves
If you have a small kitchen, consider removing the upper cabinets. Replace them with open wall shelves instead. You’ll create a modern look and open up the room visually. To keep your open shelves organized and looking smart, group sets of matching plates, bowls and glassware together. Your tableware will be easy to find and close at hand.
Define the Dining Area
Eat-in kitchens are great, but they can often feel cluttered because the eating area is not defined properly or set up for the task. Give your kitchen dining area definition with these simple design tricks:
Add a pendant light – Put a light fixture over the dining table. You’ll have light where it’s needed for meal times and you’ll create a sense of warmth and intimacy at the table. Put the pendant light on a dimmer switch so you can adjust the light levels to suit your needs and different times of the day.
Add some storage – Locate some storage near your dining area to keep items such as napkins, placemats, and silverware close at hand. In this kitchen design, we added a sideboard to provide storage and a serving surface. This will make setting your table and serving a meal easier and will minimize the need to jump during meals.
Add an area rug – An area rug will define your eating area visually and it will also absorb sound. Kitchens are full of hard-surfaces, which bounce and amplify sound. An area rug will soften sound and make your kitchen and dining area a comfortable and inviting place to spend time.